What is evangelism and its importance?
As Christians we are to share the good news through evangelism in our daily lives.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 (KJV)
The word “evangelist” comes from an Ancient Greek word meaning “bringer of good news,” and this is exactly what evangelism is: telling another person about the glorious news of Jesus Christ. This is not a job limited to trained ministers; this is the job of every believer. Evangelism is absolutely essential to the furthering of God’s Kingdom and the salvation of souls all over the world. And so, this is something that all Christians should have a true understanding of.
Romans 10:14-15 says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” The Apostle Paul sees evangelism not as a duty, but as a privilege. God could’ve chosen to spread the gospel in any way He wanted; He could’ve sent angels or written it in the clouds. But instead He chose to use us, flawed humans, as the vessels for the most powerful message in the world. And that is awe-inspiring.
So how do you evangelize? Christians of all ages and backgrounds can often be intimidated by the idea of sharing the gospel. But really, the gospel consists of three simple parts: 1) Our sin separates us from God; 2) Jesus Christ, the only perfect man, died on a cross to pay the punishment for our sins; and 3) Jesus rose from the dead so that we can have everlasting life with Him. These three truths comprise the core of what we believe as Christians.
You can evangelize to a complete stranger, a dear friend, or anyone in between. But the most important thing is that we preach in love. Sharing the gospel is not like sharing a fun fact or a really good recipe. Sharing the gospel is the most loving, compassionate gift you could give someone. We share the gospel because we see people the way that God sees them – image-bearers of God, in need of salvation. When people see that we truly care about them, they become more open to hearing what we have to say about matters of eternal importance.
It’s critical to realize that there is no such thing as failed evangelism. It is not up to us to save people, but the Holy Spirit. We only scatter seeds; God is the one who waters. We can’t be discouraged when we don’t see immediate fruit. It could take weeks, months, or years for the planted seed to finally blossom into saving faith. We are responsible for sharing the gospel, but ultimately it is God who works in hearts and brings the dead to life.