The primary purpose of evangelism is to share the Gospel.
“Evangelism” comes from two Greek words that mean ‘good news. Evangelists are people who tell others about Jesus Christ, His resurrection, and redemption through Him. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NIV),
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this Gospel, you are saved if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
If you have gotten this far in reading this article, you are asking yourself what is essential about evangelism? What is there in it for me? The good news, or Gospel, has brought us salvation through Jesus Christ! By hearing and believing in this gospel message of salvation, you can be saved. The reason people cannot enter into God’s Kingdom without it is because man naturally rejects God (John 3:18-20; Isaiah 53:1) and must willingly choose to accept Him before they will be allowed into His presence. Scripture tells us that God will not force Himself on anyone (2 Timothy 2:26). The reason is that the relationship between man and God is one of love, not coercion. Accepting God into our lives results in eternal life for those who believe, but it takes more than just acceptance to have a healthy relationship with Him. For this reason, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who lived a perfectly sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), willingly laid down His own life as payment for our sins (John 10:17-18), and was resurrected three days later according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This gospel message of redemption through Jesus Christ is what evangelism primarily shares with others.
It is important to share the gospel message because there is no other way to be saved from God’s wrath and have eternal life. Jesus, Himself said in John 14:6 (NIV), “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is also great joy to be found in sharing the good news with others! Romans 10:15 (NIV) proclaims, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” When we share the Gospel with others, it is an indication that we believe in it wholeheartedly and want others to experience what we have found in Christ. It is also an act of love, as we seek their best interests even though they may not be aware of it. Of course, there are many more reasons, but these are two major ones.
The primary purpose of evangelism is to share the Gospel so that others can experience the joy and love only found in Jesus Christ.
What if you do not believe? Then why would you want someone to tell you about him?! If you were sitting at a table with an individual who had just won 1 million dollars, would you ask him how he did it? Of course not! You would congratulate them on their great fortune and go about your way. And if this person was adamant about telling you how they had managed to win this fortune, wouldn’t you think there was something wrong with them? Why would they want to go out of their way to tell you about something that happened by chance? Joe Roth who owns his own business, DC Masonry Pros, says he does not have to bring up his faith. People see it in his actions.
Where does evangelism fit into these scenarios, and more importantly, where does it not? The answer may surprise you. Evangelism is a response of faith! Those who evangelize believe in their hearts that what they have been told is true. And then, they respond accordingly by sharing the Gospel with others who have yet to hear it. This is why some would think there was something wrong with someone insisting on telling them about how he had just won the lottery- because the person doesn’t believe it happened. If this individual did not fully believe in his own heart what he was being told, why should anyone else? For this reason, evangelism does not fit into the scenario of congratulating someone on their good fortune.
However, evangelism is a perfect response to someone asking about what you believe! If someone were to come up to you and ask about your faith, wouldn’t it be natural for you to share with them what you believe? This is where evangelism fits in perfectly! You are sharing what you believe with someone who has asked for it, and it is a response of faith on your part. So the next time someone asks you about your faith, don’t be afraid to share the Gospel with them! You may be the only Jesus Christ they ever meet.
The primary purpose of evangelism is to share the Gospel so that others.