Many methods, programs and conferences have been created to stir up the church to evangelize. While many are helpful and serve their necessary purpose, we can often complicate why and how to evangelize and overlook a simple principle that is a central theme in the scriptures—love.
In what ways does love influence our evangelistic efforts? There are two primary ways in which love will motivate us.
1. Love motivates us to seek God's glory
One of the biggest temptations as we evangelize will be self-preservation. The thought of being verbally or physically assaulted makes most of us fearful; however, a love for God's glory and his name will embolden us to set aside our own physical comfort with a single desire to please him (see 1 Timothy 2: 3-4). This means the supreme object of our heart is God and his approval rather than
seeking the praise and approval of men (Galatians 1:10).
2. Love motivates us to seek souls
Just as Christ was moved with compassion and wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). And just as Paul was full of anguish and wished that he be accursed from Christ so that his kinsmen would be saved (Romans 9:3), our love should also stir us up as we consider the plight of the lost. It was love that motivated God to send his Son to save us, and this same love has been poured out into our hearts (Romans 5:5).
So more than just a method or 5-step process, true and biblical evangelism requires the love of Christ. Through regeneration, the Holy Spirit gives us a love that is actively pursuing the glory of God and the souls of men. My prayer is that God will give Founders Baptist Church a love that will not rest until his name is known in all of Spring, TX and a love that is willing to spend and be spent for the souls of men.