For we also have had the gospel preached to us,
just as they did; but the message they heard was
of no value to them, because those who heard did
not combine it with faith.
Worthless without Faith
Sometimes the most frustrating part about
evangelism is the fact that even if we get
someone to listen, we still have no control over
whether they accept the message or not. In
the end, we are only responsible for ourselves
and we can't make choices for our family,
friends, or coworkers.
Hearing the gospel is only a part of evangelism.
Unless faith is applied to the message and a
person believes, the proper knowledge does no
A professor at Harvard once taught on the book
of Romans, explaining the gospel beautifully and
in the context that Paul wrote it. At the
end of the class, a student raised their hand
and asked "You don't really expect us to believe
this, do you?"
The professor responded, "No, I'm just telling
you the way people understand this book."
All of this knowledge did no good because it was
not combined with the faith to believe it.
It is our duty to get the gospel out. We
can't make someone believe it however. In
the end, they must make that decision on their