Love one another: Jesus made this point: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Paul sums up his strategic purpose statement to Timothy by saying, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5). The best defense for the truth of the gospel is when those who believe it love each other in ways those who deny it can’t.
Preach Jesus: Nothing defines local church culture more than the preached Word. Nothing is more central to a strong evangelistic culture than proclaiming the person and work of Jesus. That’s why Paul describes his preaching ministry as “Jesus Christ and him crucified,” communicated “not in plausible words of wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:2, 4). A church with a healthy evangelism heartbeat may hear many different sermons every year, but there’s one message in every sermon: Jesus saves sinners so that they may worship Him.
Lead by example on mission: Paul says it this way: “I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22–23). Paul lived obediently to Jesus among both the religious and irreligious people in his world. Without compromising his faith, he lived in a manner that connected with lost people culturally. Then he walked through the open door where the gospel of Jesus confronts local cultural sin in a compelling way. Nothing is more central to a strong evangelistic culture than proclaiming the person and work of Jesus. Some may push back and say, “I am not gifted evangelistically,” or even, “I am not first an evangelist, I am a pastor, elder, ect.” But the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) is a command not a calling.
Welcome unbelievers: As Paul confronts the Corinthian church about their gatherings; He warns them about confusing those among them who don’t yet know Jesus (1 Corinthians 14:23–25). If we continually are on mission, we will consistently have unbelievers present in services, and the communication to them needs to be both biblical and clear, with an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.
Everyone must to use their gifts: Diversity and unity come together in churches that do evangelism well. Evangelism is a team sport, and members contribute in different ways, but toward a single goal. The plan of “each one reach one” isn’t necessarily biblical and probably isn’t practical. Some will share the Gospel boldly and effectively. Others will serve more powerfully than they will ever speak.
Be persistent: A church with a mission minded culture is patient and persistent. They don’t change strategies with every time the wind blows. The focus is on health and longevity rather than change and explosive growth. Persistence requires walking in the same direction day after day and year after year. Our job at The Rock is to plant seeds knowing only Jesus can produce a harvest. That’s precisely why Paul urges us this way: “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Much of evangelism is about never giving up.
Drink Coffee: This is another way to reach with the Gospel. Coffee is good and there are people at the coffee shops that do not know Jesus. Plus Coffee will keep you going!