Evangelism is simply one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread. Christ is the bread of life. (John 6:35) Evangelism or sharing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ requires no special skill or training, yet it can be difficult. Why should that be, especially if we are simply telling others the good news of what we have found in Jesus Christ? In this lesson, we will seek to understand the power and personal responsibility of giving the gospel to those without Christ through the following points:

  • The Gospel is the Heart of God
  • The Gospel is a Simple Message
  • The Gospel requires Preparation

The Gospel is the Heart of God  1Timothy 2:1-4


God’s heart is full of grace and truth toward mankind, so our message should be as well John 1:12-17

  1. We must address the truth of a lost person’s sinful state Job 15:14-16, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-3
  2. We must also communicate the solution to man’s sin is the Lord Jesus Christ and His grace Romans 3:24, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:4-7, Colossians 4:6
  3. We cannot force anyone to believe, as God has given each one of us free will to choose Luke 8:11-15, John 3:16-21, 2Timothy 2:24-26

The Gospel is a Simple Message  Romans 10:8-13


It is imperative that we communicate the simple good news of the Lord Jesus Christ Colossians 4:3-4

  1. We need to point them to Christ and His finished work on the cross Isaiah 53:5-6, John 3:36, 1Corinthians 1:17-18, 1Corinthians 2:1-2, 1Peter 2:24
  2. We witness to them of what we ourselves have already found in our Lord and Savior Psalm 66:16-17, John 4:28-29, 39-41, Acts 26:9-23, 2Corinthians 4:13-14
  3. To receive the gospel, they must believe and confess the Lord Jesus, by faith alone. John 1:12, John 20:29-31, Romans 5:1, Romans 10:17, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9

The Gospel Requires Preparation  Romans 10:14-15


God prepares the saints to minister, and the sinners to hear the message 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

  1. The responsibility to share the word of reconciliation is for all Christians, not just those who hold the office of a pastor or an evangelist 1Corinthians 3:6-9, 2Corinthians 4:1-3, 2Corinthians 5:18-21, Colossians 1:28-29
  2. Prepared saints rely on prayer to prepare the heart, and God’s Word to prepare the mind Proverbs 22:20-21, Ephesians 6:14-20, Colossians 4:2-6, 2Thessalonians 3:1, 2Timothy 3:16-17
  3. Prepared saints present themselves daily to be used in the Lord’s service Acts 16:13-14, 25-32, Ephesians 2:10, 2Timothy 4:2, Titus 3:1, 8, 14
  4. Prepared sinners are ready to hear the truth because the Lord has prepared the way John 16:7-9, Acts 14:27, 2Corinthians 2:12-14
  5. Not all who hear the good news will immediately accept the gift of God’s grace. Our job is to actively participate in God’s work of reconciliation and to leave the results to Him Luke 10:2, Romans 10:16, Acts 17:31-34, 2Corinthians 2:15-17

 

Digging Deeper – Learning More about Evangelism

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives us the best example in giving the “good news.” In John 4:4-29, we see how our Lord approaches and testifies to the Samaritan woman at the well. What can we learn from His example?

  1. Get out of your comfort zone (verse 4)
  2. Seize the window of opportunity (verse 5-6)
  3. Reveal the real need (verse 9-10)
  4. Contrast the temporal with the eternal (verse 11-15)
  5. Address and/or confront sin (verse 15-18)
  6. Emphasize the need for a relationship with God (verse 19-24)
  7. Point to Christ (verse 25-29)

 

 Meditating on the Word:

For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life. 

John 3:16