Imagine opening up the dictionary and finding more than thirty different definitions for the word you were looking for. It wouldn’t be much help when you’re seeking a definitive definition. When it comes to ‘evangelism’ it is important that we have the correct definition. After all, if we are confused about the meaning of the word and about our aims and objectives, how can we expect to effectively engage in it?
With so many different ideas and definitions of what evangelism actually is, there is little wonder that Christians flounder and ultimately fail in any unified attempt to this most vital of Scripture-commissioned tasks.
As we have previously discussed, evangelism should be correctly defined as ‘the act of announcing or spreading the Gospel’. This is something that all of us can be a part of. It’s not just something for those gifted in speaking. It isn’t just for those with the ‘gift of evangelism’ as described in Ephesians 4. No! It is the responsibility, and privilege, of all Christians to evangelise. Jesus said ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.’ How can we imagine that we might be exempt from doing this, from sharing the good news. And why would we want to be exempt anyway? After all, the message that we have the joy of sharing with others is the same message that saved us from spiritual death, sin and Hell. Don’t our friends, neighbours and acquaintances deserve the chance to make that same decision?
Remember, in sharing the Good news we must be mindful of the content of our message. As we’ve seen, there are four main topics that ‘the Gospel’ seems to cover:
- Why we must be saved
- How Jesus can save us
- What we must do to be saved
- The cost of discipleship
This clip presents a concise explanation of the Gospel, which is the powerful message that God will give us pardon from our sins and eternal life with Him in heaven, if we will turn away from our sins in repentance to God and surrender our lives to Him, accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Saviour and Lord.
The content of the message is defined and clear, but there are many different ways in which we can take part in evangelism. We don’t all need to be Billy Grahams. God created each of us as a unique individual with our own unique skills. This inevitably means that we can, and should, spread the Gospel in our own way with our own words and analogies, based on the Scriptures.
Some people find it difficult to articulate the Gospel message or to speak face-to-face with anyone about their faith. In that case, use a tract. There’s very little to stop us handing over – or even anonymously dropping – a piece of literature containing the message of the Gospel. This is still ‘evangelism’. There are many ways in which we can participate in the Great Commission. Few of us would consider ourselves natural orators, however, the Bible issues a good challenge to all:
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1Peter 3:15)
Keep on keeping on…
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