Evangelism is “…why we believe what we believe…” -Darlene Cunningham
Our aim as Christians, as stated from the Bible is to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15), disciple all nations (Matthew 28:19-20), and produce fruit that will remain (John 15:4-5, 16; Matthew 7:20). Evangelism is the announcement, proclamation and/or preaching of the gospel, the Good News of and about Jesus Christ. Mark 16:15 TPT states that the gospel is a communicated message, “…As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race!” We’re to live a lifestyle of always sharing the gospel.
There was a quote I read recently that stated “Sometimes you have to feed a person in the natural before you feed him in the supernatural.” This gave me the revelation that in order to help people see Jesus we can’t just talk the talk but we have to walk the walk. We have to show in our actions the love of Jesus to people, we need to serve our community with a love that they have never experienced or encountered before. And once that Love is introduced then we can share the reasons behind our heart and that is Jesus, we can share the Good News of how good and caring our God is! One thing to keep in mind though is, if we leave the gospel out of our mercy ministry then we become just a social justice organization and that is not what we are called to do. We may not always have the opportunity to share the gospel with people but we can still let Christ shine through us by offering to pray for someone or simply telling someone that Jesus loves them. We can still plant a seed. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and think we have to immediately get someone saved the instance we meet them but stand firm, trust in God and ask the Holy Spirit what he would like to do in that individuals life specifically. Some people may not be ready to hear the gospel right then and there however your simple obedience can get them a step closer to that place. You can set the new standard for how Christians should treat others, being known for more of what you are for than what you’re against.
Evangelism has three key parts:
- We are to warn people about sin and the consequences of sin (with the motive of Love).
- John 16:8-9; Jesus came to expose sin and reveal the truth to people and so are we.
- Acts 24:24-25; It sometimes is a process to help people recognize the wickedness of sin but its essential. Don’t give up!
- Revelation 20:11-15; Judgement Day is a real thing, we are not to be passive and hold onto our salvation for ourselves but preach it to the lost. We have to share this Wonderful News that we have been so graciously given.
We cannot remove Satan from the Gospel message, it is vital that people know about the serious threat to their life. We aren’t called to sugar coat the Word but speak it Boldly and in Truth. The Bible says that the Word is a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12-13) and that is what we are to use to Penetrate the darkness. Dean Sherman once said we are to “Be aware of the devil but impressed with God!” If we don’t include Satan in the Gospel, people won’t recognize the importance of why Jesus came to die for our sins and they won’t be aware of the spiritual battle going on over their life. Ask the Lord what simple things you can do to reach people.
- We need to make known that God’s remedy for sin is the Gospel. The Gospel is not a way to get people to Heaven; rather it is a way to get people to God.
- Acts 8:29-35; The Holy Spirit will give you outlets to speak into people’s lives as well as open doors to share the Gospel with people. Invite him into the process and take time to pray before evangelizing.
- Romans 3:21-26; We all fall short of the glory of God yet he so graciously gave up his Son so that we could have the gift of salvation. We’re so blessed with this revelation and need to bless others with this as well.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21; The Kingdom Realm is accessible and close by, it resides in all of us that are saved, we need to explain to people that the One whom did not know sin became sin so that we “might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.”
You could be the first person they encounter that ever mentions the name of Jesus, don’t let the enemy tempt you with passivity. There is POWER in the Gospel!
- The clear call to repent (turn from sin and turn towards God) and believe the Gospel, by faith
- Mark 1:15; Luke 13:1-5; Jesus plainly states in Luke that ALL will perish if we don’t repent from our sinful ways. None are exempt from this, it doesn’t matter what kind of sin you commit. All are viewed as evil and equal in God’s eyes and all will be accounted for.
- Acts 17:29-31 TPT says “Since our lineage can be traced back to God, how could we even think that the divine image could be compared to something made of gold, silver, or stone, sculpted by man’s artwork and clever imagination? In the past God tolerated our ignorance of these things, but now the time of deception has passed away. He commands us all to repent and turn to God. For the appointed day has risen, in which he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man he has designated. And the proof given to the world that God has chosen this Man is this: he resurrected him from among the dead!” The day has come where all will be judged, this is to not be overlooked. We are talking about someone’s eternity. You play a role in that, we have a responsibility as Christians.
- Romans 1:17; There is something worth so much more than sin and that’s Jesus. This is something worth celebrating!!❤
- Romans 10:9-13 TPT states “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Yahweh will be rescued and experience new life.” Through faith we are saved!
It is unloving of us to not share all of this with those who are lost. A practical way to look at it is this: Imagine a family member of yours went to the doctor to see if they had any cancer and took all the tests and the doctor realized they did have cancer but decided not to tell them because of the fact that its uncomfortable to tell them the truth that they do have cancer and could die very soon. That would upset you right? Isn’t that very unloving for the doctor to not proclaim the truth to that person that way they can take the necessary procedures to change this factor about their life? Well that’s what us Christians are doing. We are the doctors in this analogy. We’re afraid to proclaim the truth because its uncomfortable or because we don’t know what people will think of us or how they will respond. My friends, this is a scheme from the enemy to keep you from preaching the Gospel. Don’t be complacent, rather be active in your pursuit of sharing the gospel with those you encounter. You won’t always feel comfortable doing it, I especially don’t however I rest in the fact that its Jesus within me that is strong. I’m not functioning in my own strength rather Christs. Don’t listen to the lie that you aren’t good enough or capable of doing it. The Gospel is not getting it together so that we can get God’s favor; the Gospel is finding God exactly in our “not-togetherness” and inviting him in. His grace is sufficient for each and every day, he’ll direct your steps. Rely on Him.
Through this I have learned that a sinner who gets a messy presentation of the Gospel is in better condition than a sinner who gets no presentation of the Gospel at all. God’s proven to me in his character that he is my Strength when I am weak, when I am unqualified. His presence in me is what qualifies me. This has challenged me to trust him in every aspect and to be obedient even in the moments that I feel the most uncomfortable because he will never call me to do something that I am incapable of doing. He sees our potential and calls it out of us. He believes in us more than we do and for that I’m extremely grateful.
So be Bold and Preach the Good News.
You are RESILIENT! 🙂