Matthew 28:19-20 lays out the Great Commission. In it, Jesus used the word “go” and not the word “come.” Sharing your faith is not merely, “Y’all come and hear the preacher.” The believers in Antioch (Acts 11:19-21) had no church building, and no special services or speakers to which they could invite people. They went out with fire in their hearts, found unbelievers and enthusiastically shared Christ with them.
Historically, we have focused on bringing unbelievers into “the fortress” to sit through our functions and hear the gospel. The “seeker friendly” debate involved how much we should change our church culture to accommodate unbelievers. But it seems that both traditional and market-driven churches have made a sad presupposition: “believers simply don’t share their faith, so unbelievers will only hear the gospel if they come to church.”
Excerpt from evangelism workshop by Biblical Ministries Worldwide: “Fostering the Harvest” available on Amazon.