This week, we discussed the topic of evangelism and found encouragement and clarity to reasons why we should evangelize and why we don’t evangelize. In building all these habits of faith, we become more like Jesus. And the more we become like him, the more we’ll want to share him with others.
The Core of Evangelism
Evangelism in a broad term is to be a witness for Christ. That could be through talking to someone about Jesus, through your hospitality, your work ethic, your character or your lifestyle. But at the core of it, evangelism must communicate the Gospel to someone. Praying for someone is great. Feeding the homeless is awesome. But if you do not communicate the Gospel explicitly, it is not evangelism. Without this core, all our good works and actions do not point to God.
The core of evangelism is communicating the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Every other religion will tell you how to become good and work your way to heaven. Christianity tells you that there is nothing you can do to get to heaven and that we are hopeless in ourselves, impossible to pay the price of our sins. Every single person has sinned and is guilty of sin.
People often say that we have a god-sized hole in our hearts that only God can fill. Although it is absolutely true, I think more accurate of the Gospel is that we are trapped in a god-sized pit that only God could save us from. Heaven and hell are real places and even the suffering for all eternity in hell because of our sin, still cannot save us from this god-sized pit.
The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, who by his death on the cross and his resurrection, made the way to eternal life possible for everyone who would believe in him and confess that He is Lord.
This faith in Jesus isn’t merely understanding this in our minds to be true. This truth transforms our lives. In fact, the Bible says we’re given a new life. Not a new life to live a better life for ourselves. But a new life in Christ is given to us to live for him and not for ourselves. Through Jesus, we are able to commune with God, be in relationship with God, worship God and be accepted by God.
Faith is a personal reality but it is definitely not a private one. We must share the Gospel. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” We glorify God by our witness of him through our lives and if we truly enjoy God, would we not talk about Him everywhere we go?
Side note, for those of you who don’t know what a catechism is, it’s simply a summary of the principles and doctrines of Christianity for us to learn through questions and answers. A modern example would be the New City Catechism. Take a look by visiting this website: http://newcitycatechism.com
The Heart of the Matter
The Gospel is a confrontational message that requires a person to surrender to God. The world may love the message of love and blessing and favor but will reject any requirement to repent of sin, die to oneself and live for God. The Gospel is not a popular message.
It is easy to fear disapproval and rejection. But when we succumb to this fear, we are led to avoid the confrontation of sin and the reality of our condition as sinners deserving of God’s wrath. Which is a crucial part in understanding the grace of God in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins in our place. And when we avoid these truths, we never get to the Gospel and in the end, Satan has won by keeping us from sharing the only hope for eternal life.
It’s okay not to know the answer to every question. And if you think you need to be a certain type of extrovert and have more non-Christian friends, you’re wrong. God has given each of us a unique story of redemption to share. We don’t need to look like someone else to share the Gospel. All we need is the heart of Christ to share the story God’s given us.
The most important step to growing in the discipline of evangelism is to actually do it. My first experience of evangelism was using the 4 Spiritual Laws tract with Soon Movement (formerly known as KCCC). We would go out every semester to share the Gospel to students on our campus and every summer on short term missions trips to reach university students overseas. It even led me to take a gap year after my 3rd year of college to go overseas for one year to experience evangelism through building relationships and having spiritual conversations.
The challenge for our lives is to simply take a step towards someone who doesn’t know Christ. If you’ve never gone out to share your faith, ask your pastor or spiritual mentor to take you evangelizing.
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