Too often, evangelism is approached with a “love ’em and leave ’em” mentality. Basically, it amounts to a flurry of activity and investment in leading someone to Christ, just so that we can show them to a great seat on the front pew. Once there, we fully expect they will enjoy being preached at for the rest of their lives. And we move on to a “new project.”
The end result is that someone is invited to BE a Christian but they’re not challenged to DO anything worth dying for. They’re comfortable and they’re cozy, but they’re not learning to be a disciple.
Ultimately, discipleship done right creates a culture with high invitation to BE like Christ and high challenge to DO the work of discipling others. Forget the constant invitation or worthwhile challenge and your culture winds up bored, stressed or cozy. People burn out, give up or zone out. And the church falters in its mission to spread the Kingdom by making disciples.
You have been called to contribute to the Kingdom’s discipling culture. Invite your family, your neighbors and your co-workers to BE a child of God and then challenge them to DO the work of the King.