A Guide to Evangelism

The phrases “preach the gospel & bring glad tidings” is the Greek word “euaggelizo” and means “to evangelize.” Success in evangelism is not to see how many people we can win but rather it is sharing the good news of…

A Guide to Evangelism

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The phrases “preach the gospel & bring glad tidings” is the Greek word “euaggelizo” and
means “to evangelize.” Success in evangelism is not to see how many people we can win but rather it is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and trusting God for the results. Jesus said, “No
man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him…” (Jn. 6:44). Where did the believers evangelize? In the temple area, common to the Jews (Acts 2:1-46), in
the synagogue (Acts 14:1), throughout entire cities (Acts 8:5), in the desert (Acts 8:26), on the
bank of a riverside (Acts 16:13-15), in jail and prison (Acts 16:23), and according to Acts 20:21-
22, it was publicly and from house to house. A paraphrase of Acts 1:8 would state evangelism
begins in your own home town, then surrounding cities, your state, country and then to the
world. Evangelism begins where you live, anywhere there are people. By studying Jesus’ methods of evangelism we can conclude that true evangelism uses all the
scripture, the whole counsel of God, in reaching people. The reason why one set of scriptures or
one approach to evangelism does not work with everyone is that mens’ hearts are in different
spiritual conditions (See Mt. 13:18-23; Mk. 4:14-20; Lk. 8:9-15). Jesus’ approach to the woman
caught in adultery was pure grace (Jn. 8:3-11). Jesus’ approach to the woman at the well required
a word of knowledge (Jn. 4:16-18; 1 Cor. 12:8). To Zaccheus it took a dinner invitation (Lk.
19:1-10). To the rich young ruler Jesus ministered the law (Mt. 19:16-22; Mk. 10:17-27; Lk.
18:18-27). It took the law to show this man the need of the Saviour (See Gal. 3:24). The idea that evangelism is a method such as a salesman approach is false. Jesus allowed the
rich young ruler to walk away (Mk. 10:21-22). We are not after quick decisions, but rather
converts that will go on to become true disciples. Notice the following scriptures reveal that salvation results from the free will heart response
of people (resulting in conversion) and not by well meaning people pressuring premature
decisions.
“Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both
Lord and Christ. When the people heard this, THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART and said to
Peter and the other apostles, ‘BROTHERS, WHAT SHALL WE DO? Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 236-38 NIV)
Notice who asked what to do? It was the people under conviction.
“And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he PREACHED JESUS to
him. And as they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look!
Water! What prevents me from being baptized?’ And Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your
heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God'” (Acts
8:35-37, NASV). Notice that when Jesus was preached it was the eunuch asking how he may
respond. His heart was open and wanted Jesus, AND HE GOT BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST.

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