- To obey Christ’s command:
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mk.16:15)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt.28:19).
- To follow the early Church’s example:
“And they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria … Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word” (Acts 8:1b, 4).
- To do evangelism in a biblical way:
“But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth, we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor.4:2).
- To reach the lowly:
“And as Jesus reclined at a table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples” (Matt.9:10).
- To reach the average:
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth” (1 Cor.1:26).
- To reach the high:
“And you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them”
- The Gospel:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom.1:16).
“So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there” (Acts 17:17).
1b. House to House:
“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching (the gospel) that the Christ is Jesus” (Acts 5:42).
1c. Friends and Family:
“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you. And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled” (Mk.5:19-20)
“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did” (John 4:39).
“And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be the judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42).
“I (Jesus) must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose” (Lk.4:43).
- To glorify God:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
- To Reach the Lost:
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Cor.9:22).
- To join God in building the Church:
“And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47b).
- What is Evangelism?
Evangelism is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the particular Message of Salvation. With it, we reach people who have not surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord. We carry the message with a certainty that it could save any; however, we know that it will only effectually save some.
- What is it not?
It is not marketing. Promoting our Church or ministry is not evangelism.
Statistically, 50% to 80% of Americans call themselves Christian. This creates two obstacles…
- Many of these are unregenerate
This is the largest witnessing field in America. They profess to know Jesus Christ, but deny Him in works. Bringing the gospel to these individuals is difficult. It must be handled with discernment and care.
2. We must not uproot the tares for the sake of the wheat
Knowing that there are many false professions of faith in Jesus, we cannot become salvation police. We believe that salvation and sactification is complex. Our basis of evaluating faith is not perfect and can easily become faulty. Therefore, when witnessing to potentially false converts, the most we can do is warn them with scripture. Our attitude is positive: that they are saved, and that they will respond to God’s scriptural warning.
- The Bible:
The Scriptures outline this kind of evangelism
- Church History:
It was this kind of evangelism that brought about the rapid growth of the early church; the drastic change in the Protestant Reformation; and the Great awakening.
- Passionate/Willing/Equipped People
- Bibles (to use and give away)
- Tracts (to use and give away)
- Fliers (for personal church invite where they will hear the gospel)
- T-shirts (with logo)
- Food, clothing, and water for people’s needs
- Ministry Partners with a similar vision to reach the lost
- A Bus for youth outreach
- A Building for ministry and fellowship