I have run across thousands of people who are completely clueless about what it means to do evangelism. It conjures up to mind the people who stand on street corners holding cardboard signs with vulgar phrases, all proclaimed in the name of ‘love’. Is this your idea of evangelism? Or perhaps the idea stems from ‘super preachers’ like Benny Hinn and Billy Graham. Perhaps like me you once saw an evangelist in white snakeskin boots and you’ve never forgotten it. But what, exactly is evangelism and why should we do it?
Evangelism is telling someone about the God you know, love, and serve. It is about communicating a real personal experience, story, and lifestyle that embodies the truth about Jesus Christ. It can be told through many different ways: a song, dance, illustration, physical art of stone and clay, paintings, drawings, a story, real life testimony, even color itself can point to the brilliance of who Jesus is.
In the next few weeks I am going to take you on a journey to discover how you best witness in a style that is organic and natural to who you are. It will not be difficult for you to discover. Most likely you will have an “Ah-ha!” moment. Something will call your name and you will say, “Why did I never know this before?” It is because no one ever told you it was possible to witness with just the tools that you have. They have told you to preach on the street, grab a microphone, stand out in a crowd, go on a mission trip, or even that it could only be accomplished in a very public way. Evangelism is a lot more complex than that. More than that, it is also a lot easier than you have been led to believe.
Let us turn briefly to what the Bible says evangelism is. Evangelism means “good news” and “the gospel”. To evangelize is “to announce” or “bring good news” about Jesus Christ to the person being spoken to. This message can be written or verbalized. Then we come to ask, what is the good news about Jesus? This is where your unique relationship with Jesus shines. What did Jesus do for you? Why do you serve him? Did he help you through a divorce, the loss of a loved one, out of alcohol and addiction, sexual sin, or perhaps a troubled lifestyle? Maybe you were a lucky one who always knew Jesus and never really ‘messed up’. Share your story. The good news is that Jesus saved you and delivered you from sin, changed your life and lifestyle, and now you are assured of a place in heaven because of the death of Jesus on the cross. That’s it. That is the good news you are to share. Share what Jesus has done for you. He wants to use you to help other people as well. That is all that evangelism is about. It is about your story connecting to another person’s story so that they too may find Jesus.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Acts 13:47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”