Evangelism

WHAT IF YOU WERE THE LAST CHRISTIAN ON EARTH?

WOULD CHRISTIANITY SURVIVE?

I mean think about this. You would literally be the last Believer on this planet. Nobody else would believe in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus except you. Everybody else would simply be an unbeliever. Would Christianity be extinct after you die or would it carry on?

This idea points to Evangelism.

Now you may be wondering, “What exactly is Evangelism?”

Matt Queen, a Professor of Evangelism, defines Evangelism as a “Spirit-Empowered activity in which Believers share the gospel inviting and calling unbelievers to become disciples of Christ by repenting of their sins and placing their faith in Jesus Christ alone.”

Now I’ve studied different definitions and meanings of the word Evangelism over the past few months and I think I got it figured out. So in my own definition, I want to describe Evangelism in five words:

EVANGELISM IS SHARING THE GOSPEL.

All throughout the New Testament, we come across this idea of sharing the gospel, witnessing, soul winning, and evangelizing. So we know this idea is biblical, but does it apply to us?

The answer to that question is YES!

As you know, Jesus lived a perfect life on this Earth teaching, preaching, and healing people until the point he was crucified on the cross, buried in a tomb, and resurrected from the grave three days later. After defeating death and defying the odds he appeared to the disciples as they were reclining at a table and he said these important words in Mark 16:15: Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

SKIPPING OVER TO VERSE 19

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

Wow. This set of scripture is powerful.

Here’s the dilemma. Before Jesus ascended up into Heaven, He had an opportunity to deliver one last personal message to His disciples. That message the Lord left was a command. And it was a command to
E V A N G E L I Z E.

When you overlook this scripture, you are thinking, “Cool, Jesus wanted the original disciples to keep up the message He’s been preaching for the past few years.” But lets not get ahead of ourselves and forget what’s really going on.

Jesus spent time and invested in these men’s lives for the past three years. He broke bread with them but at the same time went hungry with them. He labored and worked hard with these guys, and literally lived and shared a life close with them for the past few years growing a unique bond with these individuals who he had taught and loved so much, and you know what his last words were before He left to go be at the right hand of God?

Go and Proclaim the Gospel.

Nowhere is it recorded in the Bible where Jesus said, “Hey it’s been real and you guys have been awesome, but I’ve got to go.” No. He intentionally left them with the command to practice evangelism.

Jesus gave a duty and a delegation to carry out His message. It’s not a request or even a suggestion. He gave all disciples a calling, command, and a charge to evangelize.

I love what Greg Laurie states. He says, “This is what every follower of Jesus should be engaged in on a regular basis: sharing their faith, leading others to Christ, discipling them, and helping them to get grounded in the church and then going out and doing it all again”

I believe everyone, everyday, should be an evangelist.

Whoever you are, wherever you’re at, whomever you come in contact with, simply share the gospel.

My encouragement to all believers who have surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ is to go and share the Gospel. Ask yourself, Who is it that I need to share the gospel with? Is it a coworker, classmate, friend, or family member? Whoever the Lord decides to put in your path or place on your heart, be obedient to His command and SHARE.

Review:

  • Evangelism is Sharing the Gospel.
  • Jesus commands all Believers to Evangelize.
  • You are an Evangelist.
  • Who can you speak life to?

Feel free to contact me for any questions or resources.

Footnotes:

  1. Queen, Matt. Everyday Evangelism.
  2. Laurie, Greg. Tell Someone.

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