Evangelism Failed: Causes of Ineffectual Evangelism

January 10, 2014


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Although the disciples responded immediately to Jesus’ call and followed him, the gospel of Mark records that the disciples:

  • questioned Christ’s authority and leadership (8:31–33; 5:35–43)
  • doubted Christ’s ability to protect and provide (4:35–40; 6:35–52; 8:1–21)
  • suffered spiritual dullness (5:24–34)
  • experienced the power and joy of their calling (6:7–14)
  • experienced reality of the price of their calling (6:14–29)
  • contended with strife and jealousy between them
  • preoccupied by self-centered motives and desires (10:35)
  • practiced ineffectual prayer habits
  • embarrassed to identify with Christ
  • filled with unbelief

This list of failure could describe each one of us. A lack of effective evangelism comes from a lack of discipleship on our part. We must learn once again what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Bible References

  • Mark 1:1 - 16:20