There was one thing that he did mention, however, that caught my attention. Actually, I was a little embarrassed that I had not noticed it or thought about it before. It has to do with evangelism. Ed asked those in attendance to raise their hands if we thought evangelism was for non-believers. Many people raised their hands. Then he asked how many thought it was for the church. A couple hands went up. Then Ed proceeded to point out that evangelism is a spiritual gift. In Ephesians 4:11-13 the apostle Paul mentions a few spiritual gifts along with their purpose:
It was [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.Spiritual gifts are for the church. Spiritual gifts are given by God so that the church may be built up and grow to maturity in Christ. Evangelism is a spiritual gift, thus it is for the strengthening of believers.
For so long evangelism has had an outward focus on the non-believer. According to Ephesians 4:11-13 this is a wrong application. This brings me to my point. If evangelism is for the believer/the church family, then what is evangelism? How does evangelism build up other believers into the fullness of Christ?