- Because Christ commanded it. We typically refer to the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 as our evangelistic and disciples-making command. But there are many other places in the New Testament where the priority of evangelism is clearly evident. Christ commanded it. We must do it.
- Because Christ is the only way of salvation. There is no way around it. Salvation is exclusive. There is only one way. Jesus could not have made it clearer in John 14:6: “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Jesus had an urgent message. He had an exclusive message. We must be conveyors of that narrowly-defined hope.
- Because Christ died for the world. There is a reason John 3:16 is the most familiar and most quoted verse in the history of humanity. Jesus died for the world. He is the only way, but He has provided a way for everyone. That is a message that is urgent and worth telling. Indeed it’s the greatest message ever.
- Because churches that are not intentional about evangelism typically are weak in evangelism. Many pastors and church leaders will affirm this article. They will give mental assent to the priority of evangelism. But they do not practice the priority of evangelism in their churches. What are you doing today to make certain evangelism is a priority in your church.
- Because churches tend to obsess inwardly when they fail to move outwardly. Where has a lot of your church’s energy been expended lately? Rancorous business meetings? Expressions of petty church preferences? Worship wars? Power struggles? Those are inward obsessions. Lead your church to an evangelistic priority and watch the focus shift for the better.
- Because churches become content and complacent with transfer growth. Some churches are growing. Others are adding members without significant numerical growth. But many in both categories are growing at the expense of other churches. Some may be reaching unchurched Christians. That’s good, but that’s not evangelism. We can fool ourselves into thinking we are evangelistic when we are simply recirculating the saints.
- Because evangelistic Christians actually grow stronger as better discipled Christians. Those who are evangelistic are obedient to Christ. Being obedient to Christ means that we are following His teachings and becoming a better fruit-bearing disciple.
Prayer for Nations Father, in the name of Jesus, and according to your Word, we pray for those in authority in all nations.We lift up Presidents, their families, their staffs and cabinet members. Let your Word cling to them and let them not depart from your plan. Strengthen them with mighty power by your Spirit to stand against wickedness, lies and deception. Guide Presidents decisions; let Your light shine upon their path and show them the path of reversal for every evil way. Continually surround them with godly men and women who impart wise counsel to them. Cause the way of the wicked to be set to confusion and come to nothing. Deliver them from the traps and snares the enemy has laid for them, and let the wicked be caught in their own devices and be brought to shame.
The Greatest Act Of Leadership Is Mentoring.
If what you learn, achieve, accumulate or accomplish dies with you then you are a generational failure.
Mentoring is the manifestation of the highest level of personal maturity, security and self confidence.
An insecure person will never Train People, they will oppress people.
Mature people create people greater than themselves.
Your assignment has a shelf life.
You will die one day; so train your replacement.
Your Greatest Gift to the world is your mentee.
True leaders do not seek followers, followers are attracted to true leaders.
The Greatest obligation of true leadership is to transfer your deposit to the next generation.
Leadership success is measured by the success of your successor.
No matter how great you may have been, if you didn’t produce a successor, you are a failure.
You preserve what you built through mentorship.
Legacy is about preserving all that you’ve built by raising other people.
Success without a successor is failure.
Leadership that serves only it’s generation is destined to failure.
If your vision dies with you, you have failed.
Legacy is about living beyond your grave.
Leadership Is not a Sprint but a relay.
The most important part of a relay is passing it on-not running.
The ultimate measure of true leadership is not to maintain followers but to produce leaders.
True leadership measures it’s success by the diminishing dependency factor of its followers.
The ultimate measure of leadership is the ability to leave.
True leadership makes itself increasingly unnecessary.
You are a successful leader when your followers can lead others.
Your goal as a leader is to destroy the dependency of the people around you.
You are a great leader when your people don’t need you.
Make people greater than you and you will live forever.
True leaders do not seek power.
True leaders seek to empower.
True leaders make themselves increasingly unnecessary.
Never confuse your position with your value.
The ultimate goal of true leadership is not to maintain followers but to produce leaders.
The first act of a true leader is identifying your replacement and you begin mentoring them.
You become great by producing people greater than yourself.
When you produce someone greater than yourself, don’t get jealous. Take the credit.
When you train your replacement, you are freed to expand your work.
When you mentor people, your legacy will make your tombstone unnecessary.
“Jesus came for one reason: to reconcile us to God. God created us, and our lives are only fulfilled when we know Him and follow His will for our lives. But our sins have turned us away from God, and our greatest need is to have our sins forgiven and our lives transformed by His power within us. Through His death on the cross Jesus made this possible, and that is why He came. He declared, ‘For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost’ (Luke 19:10).” —Billy Graham