The number one verse we all see in evangelism is Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Perhaps this may be to easy for you. But lets take a closer look at what this verse is saying.
“Go” – GO! Not a question, a commandment. Just like the other 10 commandments. You don’t do this thing, you break his commandment and you live in sin.
“Ye” – You. Not just preachers, teachers, prophets or whoever else. But EVERY Christian. Everyone who attends church and believes in Jesus.
“into all the world” – Not traveling from US to UK to France to Africa. When the bible speaks about the world, it is talking about everyone you know, and everyone you don’t know. When you have the opportunity, you take it. Everywhere you go, do this. In your community, in your workplace, in your home, in your family and friends.
It is also trying to tell us, Don’t just sit in church, and hide inside the four walls. Go OUT!
“Preach” – Teach, to Proclaim. To Stand up for what you believe.
“The Gospel” – The Good News. That all have sinned. And our sins send us to an eternal damnation. But a man named Jesus, died on the cross and rose from the dead to save us from our sins. And now we can spend eternity in his Grace and Mercy and Love in Heaven.
“To every creature” – People. Everything that God had breathed a living soul into. And to anything else that stands in your way. Satan/Demons. Those that try to discourage you. Try to bring you down. But have no victory. Mountains/Tribulations. The real thing, and the spiritual thing. For all power is Given to him in heaven and in earth. And He has given US the power to rule over the things of the earth.
You can take any of the other gospels and use their verses, but they all mean the same thing. Now that we know what the bible says about Evangelism, maybe we should start answering some questions.
Who should we evangelize to?
As I have already answered, everyone. We see this in: Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47.
Each of the verses tell us that we are not limited as to who we can evangelize to.
When should I evangelize?
The bible says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. Having a good conscience, that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” 1 Peter 3:15. In other words, When you are sanctified, and are spiritually prepared, then and only then are you prepared to evangelize. You must be of good report lest you fall under the snare of the devil.
Note: You do NOT have to be educated by man, to preach the gospel. Man will lead you astray but God’s word is truth. It is His word that educates you.
Why should I evangelize?
Many reasons actually.
1. The whole world has fallen short of the glory of God. And is righteously judged to an eternal damnation in hell. And God said it was our job to bring them away from that and into HIS loving arms. As the first verse says. And Jesus said “I am the truth the way and the light and NO MAN can come to the Father but through me.” So we must make sure that the world finds that one way, and that light in the midst of their darkness.
2. Because we should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus saved us from the damnation, should make us want to shout it from the roof tops. And that we should WANT to share that amazing feeling that He gives us.
3. Even though people may read the bible, they may not understand it. Philip (an apostle of Jesus) seen a man with the book of Isaiah. And Philip asked the man if he understood what he was reading. The man said “How can I unless I have someone tell me!” Well that’s where we come in. We are those people that must teach them what the Word is saying to us.
Well ok but some people are just without hope. WRONG! Someone once told me, “Wether they are liars, thieves, killers, or adulterers, NO ONE is without hope!”
Well I don’t like this person and they DESERVE to go to hell! Well so did you. But God loved you SO MUCH DESPITE YOUR SIN he died for you. And he tells us that one of the greatest commandments is to love your neighbor as he loved us. Well since he loved me enough to DIE for us, we should love others as much as well. Don’t like it? Well Jesus says these things you do unto your neighbor you do unto me. So Damn that person to hell, you tell Jesus HE deserves to go.
You want to save that person despite your feelings toward them, you tell Jesus you love him.
How do I evangelize?
Broad answer: Open your mouth and preach the gospel.
But maybe your asking “What do I say?!”
Well you should first start by telling them,
That everyone is in need of salvation.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God – Isaiah 59:2
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
Obviously then switching that there is Salvation in Jesus using John 3:16-18
And Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation.
It is by the name of Jesus Christ….Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved – Acts 4:10,12
The rest is up to you. Because YOU were called and there can not be someone holding your hand the whole time. You have the 101 in the Who, When, Where, Why, and How. And now as Jesus has told you, GO! And do the thing that God has called us ALL to do. But don’t be nervous, because God is with you! He said he will never leave you or forsake you. So get out there, change peoples lives, and change the world.