Friday, 27 May 2022

How to Evangelize


Scripture: Matthew 28 v18 - 20:  "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Ephesians 4 v 11- 14:  " And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"

These words in Matthew 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.  

Revelation 12 v 10 - 11:  "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

People in the world have a watered-down perception of Jesus, at best, and worst is complete atheism, so our first task is to correct that stance.  Atheists argue against the Bible being true or the non-existence of God.  As a British world war 2 soldier explained, "There are no atheists in foxholes!"

Listen to their story about life and start to weave Jesus into it for them. How He loves them even if they don't know or love Him.  He wants to help them.  The reason why we are having this conversation is because He knows what you need.  We have to make Jesus real and credible to the world.

We use our testimonies to overcome Satan, and all his lies, temptations as he so successfully beguiled Eve.  When we can s h are how Jesus stepped in to save our lives, marriage, children, finances, people do listen.  Some may not react immediately, but go away to think things through.  Some are so desperate we need to have the Prayer of Salvation in a safe spot on our phone!

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.  

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. 

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.  Or maybe get a mud hut instead of a mansion!

So to effectively win souls it is vital to let people 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.