Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Ministry of Evangelism

Scripture: Matthew 28v18-20;  Ephesians 4 v 11- 13. 


These words are known as The Great Commission. That is the command that Jesus gives to all who follow Him: Go and tell everyone the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord. We all have the right and duty to do whatever our skills and talents may be to further the gospel or truth about the Kingdom of God and our Lord Jesus.

We should all know how to introduce a new seeker of righteousness to Jesus; how to determine if they are ready to take that first step of faith; how to lead them to the foot of the Cross and pray with them to be born again.

If these steps that you yourself took to become a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven have become lost or unfamiliar you will never gain the confidence to share the truth with another. So find out that vital information and be ready if the Lord should call on you to meet a need like that.  

Evangelists have a special calling on their lives. They are appointed and anointed (set apart) to minister salvation to crowds and multitudes. They live, eat and breathe the way of salvation.  They will do anything or go anywhere to save a lost soul. They have been equipped with the gifts of healing and miracles which draw people to Jesus. When those crowds see the lame walk and the blind regain their sight, their faith grows to believe that Jesus is alive, which of course He is. No other god of any other religion claims to be alive. They are dead and gone, unhearing and unseeing, not able to hear or answer prayer or meet any needs. 

But our Jesus lives today in our hearts and expresses Himself through our bodies; our mouths, our hands. He loves through us and touches and heals through us. He uses us to deliver people from demons and set the captives free.  (See "To Follow Jesus" on our blog). 

Just surrender to His Lordship and let Him draw the sinners to Himself through your testimony. Never be ashamed of the gospel or afraid of how people may react. The whole purpose of this Earth and man upon it is to give those who are lost in sin an opportunity to be saved. The whole purpose of Jesus coming to Earth was to tell people about His Father; the Heavenly Kingdom; and the judgment for remaining a sinner; and particularly to die on the Cross to break the power of sin permanently for those who choose to believe that He is the Son of God.

On the flip side there are evangelists who have taken their eyes off Jesus and put them firmly on the size of their wallets. On the Day of Judgment, if they do not repent and make right, the Righteous Judge will declare those four terrible words to them  - I never knew you!

These false evangelists have taken their own reward here on Earth and the Bible says there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth as they are forbidden eternity in Heaven.

The ministry of evangelism is a full time calling which can be very exhausting. I have done some evangelism in Black townships around South Africa. Once we were ministering in a township where we could hear running gun battles in nearby streets.

I remember preaching that day on our spiritual weapons and how superior they are to guns and bombs. That day every person present gave their hearts to Jesus! I was particularly moved by a 94 year old lady who came forward. She told me she had been in the Church all her life but this was the first time Jesus Christ had been made real to her!

So to effectively evangelize it is vital to let the congregation know how real Jesus is and how much He loves every one of us. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father we praise and worship You. Help us to yield our lives to You so sinners may know Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection, and be saved. Father teach us to use every opportunity every day to reach out to those who are lost; to shine our Light into their darkness and show them the way out. In Jesus' name. Amen.