Because You’re Doing It All Wrong
Not once do we read of Paul approaching the Synagogue with the intent on getting them set straight on worship or even who Jesus was. In fact, what he did was much more brilliant, much more effective and much more Christ like. For instance, when Paul went to Mars Hill, he addressed the pressing point to them (Acts 17:22-34). He didn’t go in with a set plan of teaching them certain criteria of the Christian faith, he addressed their most pressing need and used that to teach them the entirety of the Gospel.
When Peter went to Cornelius’ house, he didn’t sit down and attempt to prove to them water baptism by immersion is the only way to access the blood of Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Peter 3:21). No, what he did was use the differences and hatred between Jews and Gentiles to prove to everyone there that Jesus isn’t a respecter of persons and that all are welcomed into the Body under Christ (Acts 10:34-48).
My point is this, let’s leave behind the “talking points” and sit down with people where they are in order to bring them to where Christ wants them!
Because You’re Looking At It All Wrong
Sure, it’s great to know how many you contacted, studied with and were able to baptize each year. I’d even make an argument for the need to know all of those things, but the word of the church isn’t in numbers. It’s in changed lives.
True church success isn’t determined by the number of people in the pews, but by the differences made in those people’s lives. Remember, when recording how many people were baptized, Luke wasn’t worried with the specific numbers (cf. Acts 2:41).
Because You’re Probably Not Looking At Your Jerusalem
I don’t know how many church’s I’ve seen that are faithful in supporting foreign missions but haven’t tried approaching the housing development across the street from their building. Make sure you’re reaching your own Jerusalem and then start branching out from there!
I know that great things are being done all over the world for the cause of Christ, I’m actually blessed to take part in some of those things. And I know that many churches today are doing evangelism right and are seeing the earthly rewards of such, but I also know that many of us need to really look at ourselves and see if we are evangelizing the way Jesus wants us to.