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WHY EVANGELISM? 

 

Evangelism simply means presenting your life and the message of Jesus Christ to others.  Why is it necessary?

 

1)  1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “always be ready” to give an account of the hope that

is within you.

2)  2 Timothy 4:1-5 tells us to “preach the Word in season and out of season.  Do

the work of an evangelist.”  This did not appear to be one of Timothy’s

gifts, yet Paul encouraged him to be one.

3)  The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) tells us to “Go and make

disciples.”  (See earlier comments on Great Commission).

4)  Matthew 4:19 -- “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers

of men.”

5)  It stretches our own faith.  Allows us to see God’s power.

6)  No experience is more exciting for us to see than when people believe.

7)  Philemon 6 -- “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that

you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in

Christ.”

 

There are many other supporting verses, yet each of them is not simply a request but a command with a related promise.  The Lord will honor you for sharing your life with other people.

 

This is not to say that all of us are gifted evangelists.  Yet, all of us are called to be witnesses.  You may never lead someone to the Lord, yet you can still sow seeds.  Why don’t people evangelize?  Here are a few reasons:

 

1)  Fear of rejection

2)  Feel inadequate in what to say

3)  Don’t want to be pushy

4)  Too busy

5)  Disobedient

6)  Selfish

 

How do we get over these fears and questions?

 

1)  Pray.  For the individual and yourself before, during and after sharing

(Colossians 4:3-4).

2)  Realize God is at work and not you on your own.  People don’t reject you,

but the message of Christ.  God alone, by His Spirit, produces faith and

changes hearts (John 16:8; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Cor. 3:7).

3)  Meet them where they are at, not where you want them to be.  Jesus

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