Is Evangelizing a scary concept?
Scriptures from HCSB – Holman Christian Standard Bible.
Definition: Evangelism is the communication of the gospel message that includes a warning, an explanation, and a call to Salvation at the Cross by the blood of Jesus. Evangelism warns people about sin and it’s consequences.
John 16:8 When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:
Acts 24:25 Now as he spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix became afraid and replied, “Leave for now, but when I find time I’ll call for you.”
People may become afraid or resistant when they hear about these things…just as Felix did when Paul preached to him. Keep in mind that the most important way to treat them is to talk to them as a friend, all the while being humble, loving and kind. Prayerfully, this approach will keep their attention while you present the subject of faith and trust in Christ. All the while remembering ultimately that they are saved by GRACE and not by anything that you can say or do can save them…that only their belief that Jesus is the Son of God and that HE did it ALL for us on the cross can save them. If someone doesn’t want to hear you or they brush you off, don’t be offended, don’t be afraid to talk to others because of what you consider to be a failure…we don’t need to know the outcome of the seeds we plant. We plant and Heavenly Father harvests.
Have you heard about the Great White Throne Judgment?
Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Evangelism includes an explanation of God’s remedy for sin—the Gospel
Acts 8:29-35 The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.” 30 When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the Scripture passage he was reading was this: He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb is silent before its shearer, so He does not open His mouth.33 In His humiliation justice was denied Him. Who will describe His generation? For His life is taken from the earth. 34 The eunuch replied to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about—himself or another person?” 35 So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture.
God’s Righteousness through Faith
Romans 3:21-26 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets 22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:21 He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Evangelism includes the clear call to REPENT! (to turn from sin and to turn toward God) and believe the gospel, by faith
Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”
Do you want to Repent or Perish?
Luke 13:1-5 At that time, some people came and reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And He responded to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all Galileans because they suffered these things? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well! 4 Or those 18 that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed—do you think they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”
Acts 17:29-31 Being God’s offspring then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.30 “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”
Romans 1:17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
Romans 10:9-13 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
WHO’s going to tell them?
It’s so true that social media has become a major part of our lives and I see this as both a blessing and a curse! It depends on how you plan to use the social media platform…if it’s for the Glory of God, then I believe you may be headed in the right direction. If it’s for entertainment and controversial subjects such as politics, etc, if you find yourself arguing with friends, family and strangers, then maybe it’s not good for you. So, at first thought, it might seem like a good idea to have an account on all the major social media platforms, but soon you’ll find that there’s only so many hours in the day and spending your day posting and responding to comments; it may not be satisfying or productive. However, with Covid-19 being a concern, for the time being, it may be your easiest way for now… to spread the Gospel.
The principle of Evangelism is to bring our fellow man to the recognition that they are sinners just like you and me and that faith in Jesus Christ as his or her Savior is the only road to Salvation. We must not be complacent when it comes to sharing the Gospel…sometimes I think that Americans are the most complacent people on earth. We need to wake up before the Rapture as the day will come when His mercy will end and those who have not accepted Jesus – Yeshua as their Savior will face the terrible times known as Tribulation. So we must not take His mercy for granted, share the Gospel while there’s still time!
Don’t say to yourself that you’re not qualified…when Jesus – Yeshua called His disciples (the Apostles), he chose them from all walks of life; He started his ministry with 4 fisherman: Simon Peter and his brother Andrew and James and John, the son’s of Zebedee.
Matthew 4:19 “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!”
It would be a good idea to read the entire chapter of Matthew 10 as it tells the disciples of their commission to go out and preach the Gospel, He warns them of the pitfalls…
Matthew 10:16 Jesus said…”Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves… so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
Matthew 4: 17 And as ye go, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand today as much as when it was spoken of by Jesus 200o years ago. Jesus is currently waiting for the Father to send Him for His Church…His Bride (the Rapture). Only the Father knows when this will occur. Then after the rapture of the Church, there will be 7 years of Tribulation for the non believers (during this time many will come to faith including a large number of Jewish people). Jesus will then return to Jerusalem to lock up Satan and set up his 1000 years Kingdom ~ His Millennial Reign on Earth. This Kingdom will precede the final destruction of Satan and this planet after which He will create a NEW Heavens and a NEW Earth.
When you’ve completed the study of Matthew, consider an in depth study of the BOOK of JOHN.
God means what He says and says what He means! My hermeneutics are “literal”, however, that being said…study the scriptures yourself and make up your own mind! Always praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit…