When Paul was afraid and discouraged in Corinth, the Lord personally encouraged him that there were “much people” in this city that needed the gospel. We do not preach the gospel to “make” God’s people, but just like Paul, we preach to “inform” and to “identify” God’s chosen people that already have a grace-tendered heart. God’s unconditional election of a people to salvation is not a deterrent to evangelism, but here we see that the greatest encouragement to evangelism is to know that God already has “much people” who are ready to receive his word.