The Call For Christians To Evangelize

29 Jul 2004, Newburgh, New York State, USA --- Iesha Banks, (L) holds hands with Sabrina Pinesett , of the Nicky Cruz Outreach Ministries, as part of "street evangelism" in a vacant lot. --- Image by © Tony Savino/Corbis
Evangelism is the announcement, proclamation, and/or preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), the good news of and about Jesus Christ. Therefore, the gospel is a communicated message–communicated in verbal (Luke 7:22, Romans 10:14-17) and/or written (Luke 1:1-4) form.
Please note that when we evangelize, we are winning souls for Christ, therefore evangelism is the same as soul winning, in terms of intent and purpose.
The English word, “evangelism,” comes from the Greek word euaggelion, literally translated in the noun form, euaggelion meaning “gospel” or “good news.” In the verb form (euaggelizesthai), the meaning of the word changes slightly to “announce” or “bring good news.”
In addition to the before-mentioned translations, the Greek word is also translated as “preach.”
Evangelism, the communication of the gospel message, includes a warning, an explanation, and a call.
Evangelism includes:
1. Telling people about the love of God (John 3:16, Romans 8:37-39, Ephesians 2:4-5, Romans 5:8, Zephaniah 3:17)
2. Warning people about sin and the consequences of sin (John 16:8, Acts 24:25, Revelation 20:11-15).
3. An explanation of God’s remedy for sin—the gospel (Acts 8:29-35, Romans 3:21-26, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
4.  The clear call to repent (to turn from sin and to turn toward God) and believe the gospel by faith (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:1-5, Acts 17:29-31, Romans 1:17, Romans 10:9-13).
Nothing means anything if you don’t have a DESIRE to see people saved. Jesus commanded His disciples in Matthew 28:19 to “GO” into all the world preaching the Gospel. Every Christian is commissioned by the Lord to “GO.” Most churches never get beyond the word “GO.” All the Bible knowledge and eloquent speaking ability in the world means nothing if a person does not “GO.” This means taking the Gospel, using our feet as Romans 10:15 says, to preach the Gospel.
Frankly, most believers today couldn’t care less about leading people to the Lord for salvation. This is tragic.
No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 6:20, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” What will this temporal life matter 100 years from now, or 10,000 years from now? All that will matter when we die is that we died in the Lord (i.e., born again), and that we spent our life soulwinning and living for the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in this last group!
Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 9:37, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.”
Things haven’t changed much in 2,000 years. Just as in Jesus’ day, there are few soulwinners today. Preachers are dime a dozen nowadays, but men of God who genuinely burn with desire to see lost souls saved are becoming rare. I wouldn’t give you a dime for any pastor or preacher who doesn’t make soulwinning top priority in his ministry.
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