Acts 2: 42-47
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (vv. 46, 47)
Is evangelism or winning people for Christ the work of God or the work of the Church?
A careful reading of our passage will reveal that the Lord is the One who adds people to the Church (v. 47).
In fact, you will observe that the early church did not have an Evangelism Department or Ministry. It was not mentioned as one of the four staples of the early church. We could therefore safely say that the harvest of souls mentioned in this passage was a result of the right things that they did as recorded in verses 42-46.
Therefore, the answer to our question is this – Evangelism is the work of God as far as touching and convicting of the people’s hearts are concerned.
But it is the work of the Church as far as the preaching and sharing of the Gospel is concerned. The Bible is clear that the Lord had ordained that the Gospel be proclaimed and preached by the Church or God’s people. Not angels but imperfect believers like you and me. And as seen in the New Testament, evangelism is community activity. It is the work of the whole Church reaching the whole world.
Also, we saw that the small group or “house church” is the tool that the Holy Spirit blessed in effectively and fruitfully winning people to the Lord Jesus Christ.