Is Anyone Getting Saved?

Last week in The Pastor’s Weekly Briefing, we featured an article that profiled a study by the Barna Research Group on spiritual gifts. I was intrigued by the findings because it showed that just 1% of Christian adults claim the gift of evangelism. The Barna survey went on to conclude that the small number of believers who identify with that gift reflects the stalled growth of the Christian body in America.

For some time now, I have been very concerned about the emphasis the local church gives to new converts. It is obvious that the level of new Christians has decreased in North America. How can we turn the trend around?

I remember an old story of a lady on a tour of Westminster Abbey asking her guide, “Does anyone get saved here?” Her conclusion was, if it’s a church, then people should be finding God.

Some of you are too young to remember the “I Found It” campaign of the late 70’s and early 80’s when hundreds of thousands of Christians mobilized for organized evangelism. A harvest of new souls won to Christ was the result.

I also remember, as a young pastor, being challenged by Dr. D. James Kennedy and Evangelism Explosion. I knocked on a lot of doors. It wasn’t fun, but it was productive.

And then, there were the Monday evening visitations. Church folks would gather and go out into various homes. We called those people “prospects,” and we would present the Gospel. Then there was also an emphasis called “each one to win one.” What has happened?

All of us may not have the gift of evangelism, but every believer should be expected to bear witness of the hope we have through Christ. Don’t you agree?

Question: Is anyone getting saved? Are you training and using those within your congregations who might have the gift of evangelism?

“There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ” (Rom. 3:22-24). Wonderful!

Have a great week.

H.B. London, Jr.
Vice President
Pastoral Ministries
Focus on the Family