Welcome to another episode on this abode. Today, we want to encourage ourselves on evangelism. I pray that your eyes of understanding is enlightened. Amen.
Evangelism is very important in the Christian faith. It is a means whereby the gospel of Christ is extended to the people around us and to the world at large. Jesus Himself committed us to this important assignment in the gospel according to Saint Mark.
“15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Pay close attention to verse15. Evangelism is preaching the gospel to every creature. It is the going and preaching of the good news and glad tidings of good things in Christ to the whole world.
Paul declared the gospel as God’s power unto salvation.
“Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
In 1 Corinthians, the gospel to preach is explicitly defined and explained.
1 Corinthians 15
“1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
So, the gospel is preaching the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. That is, the totality of His ministry on earth and the consequences or importance on them that believe.
Back to Romans 1:16, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. That is, a man is saved by hearing the gospel alone. The power God has to save men unto Himself is the gospel. But it is important to know that it must be through evangelism. The gospel itself is not a gospel until it is preached. It is called good news and so must be preached and heard of. A news is not a news until it is known – publicized.
“14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The verse 15 of the above passage talks about being sent. My friend, if you are a believer, you are the sent.
“2 Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,”
“2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
“2 Corinthians 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; a for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Therefore, a believer has no excuse whatsoever not to do this work of ministry – reconciliation. The big question every believer should always consider is how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14). This perhaps will set their mind on the right thing to do. The assumption that people around us know about the gospel is a wrong assumption and should be corrected. This is an important area I want to stress very well.
Many believers are filled with religion and the knowledge of the doctrines of their denomination. But many a times, such people are void of the knowledge of Christ and His finished works (and this is the gospel). So, it is the duty of an enlightened believer to open their eyes to the light of God’s word. Evangelism is not just about winning souls, it is also about renewing minds and changing lives – making people’s life count.
Also, there are many unbelievers that should not be left to their fate. Preaching the gospel to them should be intentional. It should be something we love to do.
However, the big challenge many believers who are able and willing to do this work of ministry of reconciliation face is, how do I start? They say things like; I will need a megaphone, I will need a team, I will need a bus, I will need money, I will need materials to support those that are being preached to, and so on. The truth is that, you don’t need all of this to start.
Start from where you are and in the little way you can. The apostles started in Jerusalem, then to the ends of the earth. Your Jerusalem, in this respect, could be your family, workplace, organization, school, factory, firms and industry you find yourself. Let the fragrance of Christ spread from where you are to other parts of your world. A believer doesn’t need to have the whole world to tell a fellow or colleague “Jesus loves you”. This statement, as simple as it sounds, could initiate a life changing conversation with such a person and at the end, Jesus will be glorified. Let the knowledge of Christ and His finished works fill the earth. Let it cover the earth, starting from where you are. Start today. You don’t have to be a pastor, preacher or an evangelist. Being a believer qualifies you to be a blessing to others. Start now and be a fellow worker with Christ. Jesus is Lord.
We are sure this blessed you. Join us again next week Tuesday as we treat you to the depth of God’s word. Kindly like and share this message with friends. Thanks and God bless you.