A. WHAT IS EVANGELISM?
1. Here are just a few definitions of evangelism:
a. C. H. Spurgeon, the famous nineteenth-century British
preacher and evangelist wrote that evangelism “is one
beggar telling another beggar where to get bread.”
b. English Archbishop William Temple wrote, “To evangelize is
so to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit,
that men shall come to put their trust in God through Him, to
accept Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in
the fellowship of the church.”
2. Evangelism is bringing others to Jesus!
a. In (John 1:40-42), Andrew after learning about Jesus, went
immediately to his brother Simon Peter and said, “We have
found the Messiah.” And then in (v. 42), Andrew summed up
what evangelism is, “He brought him (Peter) to Jesus.” The
greatest thing we can do for people is to bring them face-to-
face with the Christ who died for them.
b. Evangelism is not advancing the claims of the doctrines of
the church, of a nation, of an ideology, but of advancing
Jesus. As one person put it, “There is not true evangelism if
the name, the teaching, the promises, the life, the death, and
the resurrection of Jesus are not proclaimed.”
At the time of the 1960 Olympics, a magazine carried an
amusing cartoon showing the celebrated runner from a
Marathon arriving in Athens and falling exhausted on the ground
while he mumbles, with a blank look on his face, “I have
forgotten the message.” This often seems to be the case with
c. Unless Jesus Himself, who became the gospel through His
death and resurrection, is the essence of our message,
whatever we are doing is not evangelism.
B. WHY DO WE NOT EVANGELIZE?
1. Perhaps the biggest reason why church people are reluctant
to evangelize is that they do not think it is their business to
a. Some people say, "Those only gifted by God are called to
evangelize (Eph. 4:11)."
(1) It is true that God has given certain people the gift to
evangelize, however, all Christians are called to give
testimony to the Lord they love and serve (Mt. 10:32).
b. Some people say, "Evangelism is what the preacher gets paid
to do! It is not my responsibility."
(1) Sure, one of the responsibilities of a preacher is to share the
gospel with others, however, it is every Christians
responsibility to do the same. We are all ministers or
servants of God (Rev. 1:5,6). How can one part of the body
do all the work of sharing the gospel (1 Cor. 12)? It is
c. The myth has emerged that religion is a very private business
and we must not talk about it.
(1) The truth is however, God expects all us to publicly proclaim
the Word of God (Mt. 10:32; 28:19, 20).
2. Fear is another reason why church people are reluctant to
a. We are terrified of invading someone else’s privacy or of
mentioning the name of Jesus. We are afraid of rejection.
(1) When we evangelize, we will be rejected. Jesus was
rejected over half the time. 51.2 % of the people responded
negatively to Jesus’ message. But the good news is that
48.8 % of the people responded positively to His message.
b. We are afraid that we will not have all the answers.
(1) We will never have all the answers. We must do the best we
can and learn to say, “I do not know, but I will see if I can
find the answer.”
(Phil. 4:13) “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
3. Laziness is another reason why church people are reluctant
a. We all live in a comfort zone. Meaning that we live a life that
is full of routines, with very few surprises, and minimal
inconveniences. Let’s face it, we are a people who spend the
majority of our time doing what we want to do and not what
God wants us to do. See when we hibernate totally into our
comfort zone, we become idle and lazy.
On one occasion, Jesus told a parable about a servant who
was given one talent (of money) from his master. But instead
of the servant putting his talent to work, he dug a hole in the
ground and hid his master's money. And since the servant
had the opportunity to multiply his master’s wealth but chose
not to, he proved himself unfaithful. Therefore the master
said, (Mt. 25:26) “You wicked, lazy servant!” Then in verse 30
the master also said, “Throw that worthless servant outside,
into the darkness; where there will be weeping and gnashing
(1) One point to this story is that if we as Christians bury our
time, abilities, talents, and obligations--meaning that we are
so wrapped up in our comfort zone that we do not do what
God wants us to do which is to tell others about Christ, then
we are no better off than that “wicked lazy servant” who
received no inheritance in the kingdom of God.
We must all leave our comfort zones and be willing to tell
others about Jesus.
4. Lastly, church people are reluctant to evangelize because
they don’t know how.
If you are not quite sure how to evangelize, then go with an
experienced worker and gain some experience from him or
C. WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?
1. THE COMMAND OF JESUS.
(Mt. 28:19) “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.”
a. If Jesus made evangelism the subject of His last command to
His disciples on earth, then it must be important. If we love
Him and seek to obey Him, then we must carry it out.
2. THE NEED OF MANKIND.
(Eph. 2:1-3) “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and
sins, in which you used to live...Like the rest, we were by nature
objects of wrath.”
a. This passage maintains that without Christ men and women
are dead--spiritually dead. They are lost and separated from
b. If people die without Christ, then their condition will be the
same as the Rich Man in (Luke 16).
3. THE CLIMAX OF HISTORY.
(Mt. 24:14) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the
whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
a. The New Testament makes it clear that evangelism is in some
way connected with the final return of Christ at the
consummation of all history. It prepares the way for His
4. THE LOVE OF GOD.
(Eph. 2:4-5) “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in
mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.”
(Rom. 5:8) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While
we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
a. God saved us even though we didn’t deserve it! I am so
overwhelmed and grateful for what He has done for me that I
want to bring others to Jesus for my Father's sake who has
given me everything. (Dt. 15:14) “Give to him as the Lord
your God has blessed you.”
b. I want to bring the lost to Jesus because it makes my Father
(1) Go over the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 16:20, 24, 32).
Our labor should always be prompted by love (1 Thess. 1:3).
D. HERE ARE SOME PRELIMINARY
MATTERS TO CONSIDER
BEFORE WE BEGIN TO BRING
OTHERS TO JESUS.
1. WE MUST DEPEND ON GOD TO BRING LOST SOULS TO
a. God wants us to plant the seed (the Word of God).
(1 Cor. 3:6-7) “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it
grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but
only God, who makes things grow.”
Our job is to teach the gospel message to others, and to help
them grow in their faith. Only God is capable of moving a
person to respond to the gospel. God is the one who works
men’s hearts (John 16:8) and moves them to respond to Him.
2. WE MUST PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOST.
a. We are to pray for the unsaved.
(Rom. 10:1) “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the
Israelites is that they may be saved.”
b. Before we go and share the good news of Jesus with others,
we need to spend much time in prayer asking God to prepare
the hearts of those we are going to talk with.
(1) We are to have public prayers for the lost.
(2) We are to have private prayers for the lost.
(3) We are to pray for our neighborhood and community.
c. We must remember that we are not just fighting against other
people's beliefs and values, but we are also fighting against
spiritual forces (Eph. 6:10-12, 18). We need God to help fight
off Satan and his attacks on others.
d. We need to pray for wisdom and boldness.
(James 1:5) “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who
gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given
(Acts 4:29) “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your
servants to speak your word with great boldness.”
3. WHEN EVANGELIZING, IT IS BEST TO GO IN GROUPS OF
a. In (Luke 10), Jesus send out the seventy-two disciples two-
b. In (Acts 13:1-3), the church in Antioch sent Paul & Barnabus
on their first missionary journey.
c. Why groups of two?
(2) Two minds are better than one.
4. WHEN EVANGELIZING, BE PREPARED.
"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct,
rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction" (2
a. When sharing the gospel with others, use any approach or
bible study method that works and fits your style. The only
regulation is that whatever you use it must be biblical.
b. During the study, if someone asks you a question that you
cannot answer, simply tell him or her that you do not know
the answer. No one knows all the answers.
5. WHEN EVANGELIZING, WE MUST NOT ARGUE WITH THOSE
WHO OPPOSE OUR VIEWS.
(2 Tim. 2:23-26) “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid
arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s
servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to
teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct,
in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a
knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and
escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his
We must speak the truth in love!
E. THE STARTING POINT IN
1. FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
a. Research Conducted by Church Growth Inc.
34,000 people were asked, “Who was responsible for your
coming to Christ and the Church?” Here are the eight
responses that were given:
SPECIAL NEED...................................................................... 1 - 2%
WALK-IN................................................................................. 2 - 3%
MINISTER............................................................................... 5- 6%
VISITATION............................................................................ 1 - 2%
SUNDAY SCHOOL................................................................. 4 - 5%
EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE (GOSPEL MEETINGS)....... 1/2 - OF 1%
CHURCH PROGRAM............................................................ 2 - 3%
FRIEND / RELATIVE.............................................................75 - 90%
b. Although people come to the Lord through many means, the
most successful way is through a friend or a relative.
2. OTHER METHODS OF EVANGELISM.
1. FRIENDS DAY.
a. Invite someone to church \ fellowship meals.
(Read Luke 5:27-32).
b. What did Matthew do after receiving Christ? He held a great
banquet for Jesus! In other words, Matthew invited his
friends to meet Jesus. We need to invite people to meet
Jesus at our church.
There are people all around who are waiting for someone to
care enough about them to offer a warm, genuine invitation to
the fellowship of our church. Recent studies have found that
one-fourth of all unchurched people say that they have never
been invited to church but would come if they were invited.
2. MEETING NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
a. What are some ways this church can help its community?
(1) Offer pastoral counseling.
(2) Offer film series on the family (by James Dobson).
(3) Offer activities for the aged in the area.
(4) Obtain names of needy families from social services and
take them food and clothing. Build on the relationship and
share the gospel with them.
(5) Have the youth visit a retirement center to sing, and cheer
up the lonely folks.
3. VISIT NEWCOMERS IN OUR AREA.
a. Visit newcomers in our area by obtaining lists from the Water
Department or Chamber of Commerce. Extend a welcome to
the community and an invitation to the church, leaving a
brochure giving the times of services. If practical, include a
gift item as a token of friendship.
4. SEND CARDS \ BOOKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE HAD A BABY
OR TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES.
5. VISIT EVERY HOME IN THE COMMUNITY.
a. Place hangers on the door inviting people to our church
along with an attractive evangelistic booklet that gives a clear
presentation of the gospel.
1. I hope and pray that this lesson has inspired you to be
involved in evangelism. This is the most important ministry
that you can engage in. Remember that evangelism is simply
bringing others to Jesus. You and I can certainly do achieve
this goal. Lets start bringing souls to Jesus.