The role of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism

Evangelism is expedient for us as Christians. It is a wonderful command to proclaim God’s love and bring people to the kingdom of Christ. The work of evangelism cannot be carried out by ourselves alone. We need the Spirit of God to enable us to evangelise properly in the will of God.

The Holy Spirit has a very vital role in evangelism and we must seek His face before embarking on any task of evangelism. We must not at any point think of evangelising without asking for the help and enablement of the Spirit.

In the Bible, we see many instances of the Holy Spirit’s involvement in evangelism and how His influence made the preaching of God’s word spontaneous and powerful. Only Him can do that. No man can do that.

Human eloquence and wisdom are abysmally incapable of turning sinners to Christ. These two traits will fail woefully. The best human wisdom can do is to try, it cannot evangelise effectively. Human wisdom can never fulfil God’s will in evangelism. Only the Holy Spirit can.

An example of the Holy Spirit’s involvement in evangelism in the Bible is seen in the story of Apostle Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Let’s see from the Bible,

“Acts 8:26-30 (KJV) And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?”

In verse 26, the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip giving him spiritual direction. To evangelise correctly is to evangelise according to the leading of the Spirit of God. In our day to day activities and dealings with different people, it is good that we share the good news of Christ and tell people about his birth, death and resurrection. However, it is better to be led by the Spirit of God to a soul that his or her survival is hinged on hearing the word of God.

In verses 27-29, we can see the next step Philip took through the leading of the Spirit. He joined himself with the chariot, that is, he approached the chariot. Many a times, when we are led by the Spirit to a large place to evangelise, we fail to ask how to proceed with the evangelism. We must be in constant communication with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit might want us to do a general evangelism to many people or He may prefer us to join ourselves (approach) to a particular individual God wants to transform.

Moreover, the Holy Spirit helps in choosing the right words to say when evangelizing. We may think that we’ve practised what to say and we know the best approach to proclaim the good news. However, for everyone preaching under the influence of the Holy Spirit, you would usually find out that you begin to speak much more profoundly. You begin to say things”on the fly” that you never thought of before. It sometimes baffles you and you become amazed at yourself to see that you are saying those words. That is the Spirit’s work ( he gives enlightenment ). That is what he does.

In the same vein, power and strength is much needed in preaching the gospel of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the force backing your words when you speak. He gives courage, sound mind and definitiveness of speech. Peter upon being filled with the Spirit of God became bold and confident. The man who was an illiterate, who was scared and fearful to defend Jesus became someone who brought 5000 people to Christ in one day. Talk about miracles and power, the Holy Spirit is capable to do this. He can instill in you a bold voice which no man can suppress. He can make you into a vessel that no man can despise.

Most importantly, the Spirit also prepares the heart of the hearer of the gospel. It is actually the Holy Spirit that transforms your word into the gospel (i.e good news) in the heart of the sinner. Through the Spirit, your words become a very interesting and intriguing message in their ears.

“Acts 8:34 (KJV) And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?”

We can see the Eunuch’s desire to know more in verse 34 of Acts chapter 8. He began to ask Philip questions about the word of God he read. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. He makes the unbeliever at the point of hearing or reading God’s word, open and ready to hear more. A desire which is initiated by the Spirit of God is created within the sinner’s heart.

Lastly, the Holy Spirit is ultimately the one who converts. The words that have been spoken cannot on its own complete the work of conversion. It is the Holy Spirit that will complete it. The Holy Spirit keeps striking the heart of the individual until the light of the word of God penetrates. A vital thing I want us to note is that, whenever you preach to someone, do your best to follow the Spirit’s instruction. After trying your best to proclaim the good news, let the Holy Spirit complete the work. Don’t begin to force the person to say what he doesn’t want to say at the moment. Let the Holy Spirit convict the person of his or her sins and bring the person to the light of Jesus. Remember, always trust the Holy Spirit in evangelising. And as you do so, may you continually fulfil the will of God to bring all men to the knowledge of Christ. Amen.

I’m sure you’ve been blessed. Kindly share with your friends and family. Thanks and God bless.

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