Last week we took a look at Evangelism and exactly what it was.
We discovered that Evangelism is “joyfully proclaiming that the good news of
salvation prophesied in the Old Testament has come to pass in Jesus the
Messiah.” But, how do you do this? Is there a right way and wrong way?
The answer to this question is “Yes”……and “No”.
First, in order to Evangelize, you must first be evangelized. You must know
that you are a child of God. There are far to many unsaved people running
around trying to act like they are saved, but not having any real spiritual birth.
Before we go any further, I would ask each of you who take this class to
examine yourselves whether or not you are truly saved:
2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own
selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except
ye be reprobates?
The thing to remember is that salvation comes thorough Jesus Christ and
trusting in His Sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. Just knowing this does not
save you. Liking the idea and believing that this is true does not save you.
Salvation comes from believing God and repenting, turning your life over to
Him and living for Him. True salvation produces a change in ones life. It is
not a religious experience, it is a new birth….
Joh_3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh_3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
1Pe_1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by
the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
True salvation takes place the moment God comes and takes up residence
within your life. You become spiritual born again. There is a change, a lasting
change. 2Co_5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Has this new birth taken place in your life. Do you KNOW you are a child of
God?1Jn_5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the
name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that
ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
If not, stop right now. There is no sense of you going any further until you get
this settled. Go to the contact page of this site and email me…raise your
hand and interrupt me in class right now… Do whatever it takes to get it
Ok, if you are going further, I assume you are a born again child of God. So,
back to the question. Is there a right way to Evangelize? Yes, and No. God
created us all different, we all have different gifts (1Co_12:28 , Romans 12:6-
8) And as such, we all minister differently. God likens us to different parts of
the body (Romans 12:3-8). As far as HOW we evangelize, there is no real
wrong way. But when it comes to the message, there is only one right way,
and that is the message salvation through Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:8).
Let us take a brief look at four major types of Evangelism. The first method
of Evangelism is, Relational Evangelism: Relational Evangelism is an
evangelistic method modeled after Jesus in John 13:1-20 and is a
combination of simple acts of kindness and intentional sharing of the gospel.”
Using Christ as the ultimate model, this style of evangelism implies a sincere
and humble attitude in putting others first. It is a natural yet subtle way of
witnessing to the lost. This is a very good method to Evangelize if you are
just starting out witnessing to others. One of the disadvantages of this
method is that in many cases, it take a long time to see any results. And, in
many cases, you may never see the fruits of your labor.
The third type of evangelism is called Lifestyle Evangelism. In this type of
evangelism, the Christian seeks to win people to the Lord simply by living a
good, godly life. Ephesians 4:1 is one of the Bible verses they will use to
back up their style of evangelism. While it is important to live a life in keeping
with what you are preaching, simply living a good life will not win anyone to
the Lord. James_2:26 tells us, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so
faith without works is dead also.” It is important to live a life that makes
people stand up and pay attention, but if we don’t exercise some form of
communication along with that lifestyle, it will go nowhere.
In concluding this lesson, it is important to understand, that each type of
evangelism has it’s place. Each style can be done in several different ways,
and each has it’s strong points and drawbacks. The key to understanding
this lesson is to always be ready to give an account for the hope that is in you
(1 Peter 3:15), whether it is by means of intellectual evangelism or one of the