Practical Disciples: Evangelism
BASE School of Evangelism
I currently reside in NW PA, I attend the Salt Church. I am a father, a husband, and carpentar by trade but I burn with urgency to see the body of Christ equipped and empowered to effectively preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and live in the freedom and hope given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have served many stints of short term international missions work in Guatemala, Honduras, and most recently Liberia West Africa.
Alumni of BASE online school of Evangelism
About Today’s Practice
In today’s practice we are going to discuss the topic of evangelism. Evangelism in the church has been greatly misunderstood for far too long and the Church at large has been missing out on the fruits of a command given to us by Christ. One of the common misconceptions about evangelism is that it is a special gift that only certain people can do, and that is where we are wrong. Evangelism is a command that was written out for us in the “Great Commission” that Jesus Christ had given to us in Matthew 28:18-20. This was a commissioning, or an equipping command that was given to all believers to reach the ends of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Before we get going, you’ll need these things.
- Courage. Sharing Jesus with others isn’t easy for everyone, however, everyone is commanded to do it.
Let’s read Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Let’s read Mark 1:1
“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God…”
SCRIPTURE ON EVANGLISM
Evangelism comes from the greek word Euaggelion, which is also where we get the world Gospel. We often have heard that the word Gospel means “good news” but it is so much more than that! We read in Mark 1:1 Mark states “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” An Euaggelion was actually a royal decree that would be proclaimed through the land when the next heir to the throne was born. So we see here in Mark 1:1 that the Apostle Mark is making a BOLD statement. He is making the declaration that an heir to the throne was born, and he is not the son of Caesar, He is the Son of God!
When we see Evangelism, and the gospel in this lense it begins to shift something in us, that we as believers are equipped, commissioned, and sent out to declare that the rightful heir to the throne is alive and His name is JESUS!
HOW DO WE START THE CONVERSATION?
As we dig deeper into the topic of evangelism, I am sure one of your first thoughts was, “this is great and all, but HOW do I do this?” The best advice I had ever been given in regards to starting the conversation and sharing the Gospel was this, “You will never meet any one that God is not already thinking about.” When you begin approaching every interaction you have with people with the mindset that God has plans for this person, and God has thoughts about this person, it takes all the pressure off of your ability to use the right words to reach them, and it makes you trust in God’s ability to speak!
As believers, the gospel message of Jesus Christ is also revealed in all of our lives through testimony, and if you haven’t died yet, I have good news for you. YOU have a testimony! Testimonies can be a great way to introduce someone to the person of Jesus, and reveal how He has worked and moved in your life. Now, a testimony doesn’t have to be this long drawn out traumatic story, a testimony is simply the story of your life before Jesus, how He came and made you whole, and where you are now. KEEP IT SIMPLE.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2 “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with eloquent speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God, For I determined to know nothing about you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
This verse sums it up pretty point blank. We often tend to get caught up on having the perfect speech, the most sound theology, the most rock solid apologetics, and we end up neglecting the message of Christ, and Him crucified, which is in its fullness the whole reason we evangelize. So that others may experience the completed work of the cross and that their lives would be transformed also.
When Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commision He said “GO” which is an action step, then He gave us very detailed instructions to follow our action. Make disciples, and baptize them, and teach them the commands of Christ. Every day we come into contact with people who are crying out for the hope of Christ, whether they realize it or not. The next time you visit that same grocery store or gas station that you frequently stop at, ask the Holy Spirit for boldness and share the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the person behind that counter that you see everyday. Their very lives could depend on it.
PRAY AND WRITE
Take a minute to pray and ask God to reveal opportunities in your life to step out and fulfill the Great Commission. Write them down in your journal and do your best to remember them the next time you go out.
Evangelsim doesn’t mean holding up mean or nasty signs to people. Evangelism can be a simple conversation with someone you see to let them know they are known and loved by Jesus. You got this!
About The Author
I currently reside in NW PA, I attend the Salt Church. I am a father, a husband, and carpenter by trade but I burn with urgency to see the body of Christ equipped and empowered to effectively preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and live in the freedom and hope given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have served many stints of short term international missions work in Guatemala, Honduras, and most recently Liberia West Africa.
Alumni of BASE online school of Evangelism