What is Evangelism?
Evangelism is simply sharing the Good News (the Gospel) that Jesus came, died as a sacrifice for the sin of all humanity, and rose again giving us access to abundant life.
While this sounds like a task a preacher or minister would undertake, the Bible states that all of us, regardless of title or calling, are to share the Good News. This doesn't necessarily mean we have to literally travel across the world with signs and leaflets preaching of Jesus' return. It means that, as we go throughout our daily tasks, we are sharing and demonstrating the goodness and grace of God.
What is the Good News?
It's common to hear the bad news (fire and brimstone) message: "Repent or Die!"
While it is true that there is eternal damnation for those who don't accept Christ, making that the primary focal point is missing critical truths about the message, specifically the "good news" factor.
Jesus, and what He did for us at Calvary, is the GOOD NEWS!
What Jesus adds to our daily lives through relationship with Him is the GOOD NEWS!
The freedom, peace and grace we possess because of Him is the GOOD NEWS!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”
It is imperative that we explain the consequence of sin and our need for salvation while still identifying who Jesus is. He is Love, He is Compassion, He is Life, He is Peace, He is Hope, He is the fulfillment humans instinctively search for.
What if the Person Doesn't Accept Christ?
Evangelism isn't always about getting someone to pray the prayer of salvation and accept Jesus on the spot. While those moments are great, our job is to share the Good News; God will do the rest.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God,
who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose,
and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.
For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building”
(1 Corinthians 3:6–9, NIV).
There will be opportunities to become offended, frustrated and even angry. Remember, it's not about us. It's about God's love for the very people who insult us. Since He was empowered to stand in spite of the difficulties and continue His mission, so are we.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”
(2 Peter 3:9, NIV).