Reaching Lost Churchgoers Evangelism
How would your approach to evangelism be different if you knew that up to one-half of the people attending your church were not Christians? As startling as this idea may appear, recent research indicates it is a hard reality for many churches in the United States. Researcher George Barna has discovered the disturbing fact that “half of all adults who attend Protestant churches on a typical Sunday morning are not Christian.”
Reaching the “7:21 Church Members”
The discovery that there are large numbers of lost churchgoers is not inconsistent with what the Bible says. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” He also says that many will cry out, “Lord, Lord,” only to hear Him say, “I never knew you” (Matt. 7:22–23). It appears that Jesus’ solemn warning may apply to many who fill the church pews on Sunday mornings. The staggering numbers of lost churchgoers and notional Christians mean that a wide window for ministry is open—the 7:21 Window. This 7:21 Window includes lost churchgoers as well as notional Christians, who are both part of Jesus’ warning in Matthew 7:21.
As disciples of the Great Commission, church leaders must show love and concern for all who are headed to an eternity without Jesus Christ. This includes those with whom we shake hands at church. The lost whom we must reach out to are not just those “out there.” They are also “in here,” within the walls of our churches.
ROMANS 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved