Evangelism for the 21st Century
Mid-State Bible Institute
We have reached the final lesson of this class. In finishing this class, I would like to leave you with a few final thoughts. As you remember, Evangelism is “joyfully and victoriously proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Some of Jesus’ last words while walking here on earth was to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20), and the only way that can be done is by Evangelism. While Evangelizing, a person must be bold in their proclamation of the Gospel, and they must offer hope as well.
If you remember, in lesson two we talked about the fact that before a person can evangelize, they must first be evangelized. A lost person can not “joyfully” and “boldly” proclaim the Gospel to others. One of the reasons there are so many different “Gospel” messages out there today is because there are many people who have never been born again who are trying to teach the Word of God. Examine yourself to see if you are truly born again. Remember, there are many different ways to evangelize, but there is only one true message. That one true message must be shared with Holy Spirit power, rooted in Scripture, Centered on Jesus, and it must stress the importance of repentance.
Also, it is good to remember that Evangelism in the local church is not a program, a Bible study, or fellowship time. Evangelism is not "church visitation", and it is not what you see most of the time on religious Television shows. Evangelism is sharing the Gospel (death, burial, resurrection) of Jesus Christ. This is the very DNA on which the church was born, grows, thrives, and reproduces” This is the message of Evangelism. But, the spirit in which it is done is important as well. If you approach evangelism like a job, people will see it and not respond. What we have to share is not merely information, but a transformation. Remember that we said to evangelize, you must first be evangelized... Well, in other words, you must be transformed yourself. If we approach this calling as a job, we end up just passing on information. But, if we approach it as a transformed, born again child of God, then others will see our transformed lifestyle and will respond to it.
During this class we have also gone over several factors that hinder a person from being effective in evangelizing, as well as several tips that can help you. I urge you to look back over those points from time to time and evaluate where you are. The truth is, no matter where you live, every person you meet needs to hear the Gospel message. Every person you meet has other spiritual needs as well. Everyone thinks about God at some point in their lives, and if we allow God to do so, He will bring these people into our paths at the right time. It is up to us to be ready to step in and actively share our faith with them. Remember, gone are the days of the great revival tent meetings where hundreds would get saved every night. People today are most effectively reached one at a time, and sharing your faith with them is not an option…it is our highest obligation and our greatest privilege and responsibility.
As we close, lets take one last look together at the Bible verses found in the Romans Road. These verses are just one of the tools you have to share your faith. As you learn more, grown more, and exercise your faith through evangelism more, God will give you more tools. But for now, lets just get this one down.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”