In October, we begin a Sunday message series challenging us to share the gospel with those whom God has placed in our lives. This process is commonly known as “evangelism.” Evangelism is a key discipline often overlooked and undervalued; however, as followers of Christ, we cannot be passive in our devotion to intentionally sharing the only truly life-changing message the world has ever known.
But why should we evangelize? Do you see the need for all believers to be about the business of sharing the message of the gospel? Here are four compelling reasons why you should:
Evangelism Follows the Example of Jesus (Mark 1:14-20) Jesus’ ministry began with Him preaching a message calling people to “repent and believe the good news” of the arrival of God’s long-awaited Kingdom.
Evangelism Fulfills the Expectations of Jesus & Scripture (Luke 9:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9) Jesus sent His followers to perform the same task of proclaiming the arrival of God’s Kingdom. He instructed them to share the same message He shared. Additionally, Peter reminds us we are a chosen people who have been saved “that you may declare the praises of Him…”Believers are expected to communicate the gospel regularly.
Evangelism Flows from Experience with Jesus (Acts 1:8) Following Jesus’ resurrection, He tells His disciples that they are to be “witnesses” in all the world. As witnesses, they would testify concerning their personal experiences with Christ. Just as they shared their experiences, we too should speak often of our relationship with Jesus.
Evangelism Is Fueled By the Existence of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) Jesus guarantees His followers that their evangelistic efforts are not reliant upon their own strength. Christ assures them that the Holy Spirit will empower their testimony. Likewise, if the Holy Spirit dwells within you, He does so, in part, to empower you to share the gospel.
As we focus on evangelism in the coming weeks, will you pray now for God to reveal those whom He has placed in your life who need desperately to hear and respond to the gospel message? As we locate the lost in our lives, may we be diligent to love them with the Gospel in a way that draws them into a relationship with Christ, “who calls us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.