Do You Have a Biblical View of Evangelism?
Different principles and examples were given to us from the book of Acts in the Bible, of how to evangelise and plant churches. As Jesus’s followers, we are called to complete what He has commanded us to do. What a privilege! However, we still find some Christians with misconceptions about evangelism, which can make it challenging for them to proceed on. Take a look at what some misconceptions could be and seek to achieve a biblical view of evangelism.
“I don’t know what to say. Sometimes I don’t even know how to answer people’s questions and I keep stuttering”.
This is quite a common problem faced by Christians, and sometimes it can seem like evangelism is like taking exams. However, Jesus promised us that we would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us. In Acts 4:31, it is said that:
‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. ’
It is helpful to pray and ask God for a word of knowledge before doing evangelism. Jesus is with us and everything is in His control. He knows all the answers and also the variables. Therefore, boldly tell others the gospel. There are many tools that assist you to present the gospel, like the four spiritual laws and five-coloured bead preaching method. You can also share your own testimony, as it stands by itself and can bring a positive impact.
‘I don’t have time. My schedule is already full these days. I don’t even have enough time to rest! Maybe I will do it next time. ’
If we are too busy to have time to preach the gospel, we really are too busy! Your schedule will speak. We often look at our timetable and talk about how much of what counts as an actual percentage of our timetable. We say doing evangelism is important but how much time do we spare to do it? And how much time do we use to look up Facebook or watch TV instead? In Colossians 4:5, Apostle Paul said:
‘Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make the most of every opportunity. ’
He reminds us to grasp every opportunity to evangelise to the unbelievers with the wisdom from God. It’s all about how we prioritize things. Jesus is willing to spare time for you. Are you willing to spare time for Him?
‘I am afraid of rejection because it’s hurtful. ’
You don’t have to be afraid of rejection because who people are really rejecting is God, not you. When faced with those who are opposed to hearing God’s truth, pray for them. No heart is too hard for God to soften it.
“The disciple’s qualification for being evangelists came from their love for Christ and willingness to make Him known”.
‘That’s none of my business. Leave it to the experts of evangelism.’
Jesus gave the apostles one last commandment before being taken up into heaven:
‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. ’
Preaching the gospel is not only the responsibility of the ‘experts’ but of every one of us. Even the disciples in the Bible were not experts, with no formal theological training. They were fishermen and tax collectors. The disciple’s qualification for being evangelists came from their love for Christ and willingness to make Him known.
Therefore, be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. You can do something to change this generation.