Biblical Reasons to Evangelize

Evangelism is a given in Christian thinking. We all know that we’re supposed to evangelize and most guilt for not doing it more.

Yet when one looks at Scripture about evangelism, it’s amazing how little is said. Let me begin by saying I think that’s because evangelism is assumed by Scripture. But let me also add that there isn’t much there about it.

There is the “Great Comission,” but even this is general in scope, directed at the group of believers rather than an individual, meaning I don’t think each individual is called to go to all the nations.

There are those gifted to be evangelists in Ephesians 4. Paul tells Timothy to do the work of an evangelist. Romans 10 says people won’t believe unless someone tells them. There is a blessing for those who save souls. The man who pulls the soul from fire covers sins.

What verses encourage you to evangelize? There aren’t many there, in my opinion. There sure are more verses about how we live our faith more than how we talk about it.

Agree? Disagree?

5 thoughts on “Biblical Reasons to Evangelize”

  1. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
    The verses you were quoting from Romans 10 I believe.

    I think every believer should be able to explain the hope that they have in Christ. I was at the gym today and I started up a conversation with a couple of guys, one guy was a Buddhist and the other was a non-practicing Catholic. I asked the fellow who was a Buddhist (Peter) if his faith satisfied his heart completely, and did he have total peace in his soul? He looked at me for a second, kind of confused by the question I think, and answer yes, he was at peace in his heart. I said that my faith totally satisfied my heart also, but that my security was in the fact that Jesus died for my sins, rose from the dead, and I was accepted by the Father because I was trusting in Jesus, and not because I tried to lived a perfect life. He gave me a sheepish smile and walked away, he didn’t really have a reply to my statement.

    The other guy (Joey) said his mother was a Buddhist, but his father was Catholic and that was how he was raised. He admitted that he only went to church at Christmas and Easter, but that He believed in God, but he didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. He said he knew there was more “out there” than just this life, but didn’t have a strong desire to go to church. I said that he needed to know Christ personally, that going to “church” is not what satisfies our soul, it’s knowing Christ as our personal Savior.

    I don’t know if these conversations will lead to anything, but perhaps it will start them to thinking about their spiritual lives and what this season we are celebrating is truly all about. I would appreciate prayer for Peter and Joey, that their eyes would be opened, and their hearts be pierced by truth of Jesus being the very Son of God, who died and rose again, so that they may have Life.

  2. I agree with Paul. We’re all called to share the gospel with other people. 1 Peter 3:15 states, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” That presumes that there will be times when an answer is needed.

    I think it’s dangerous when we start to say God isn’t talking to us in a certain part of Scripture (but possibly also dangerous when we think he’s always talking to us; all the more reason to be discerning!). It can be used as a foothold for the sins of laziness and apathy. Was the Great Commission only for a certain group of believers in ancient history? I don’t think so. I’ve never heard that it was, actually. David Platt would certainly disagree with you in his book Radical. If we say that this commission cannot be generalized to all believers, then what other things can we find that cannot be generalized to all believers? “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:6-7)?

  3. First, I don’t think I said anything against evangelism. I disagreed with the that portion of the book Radical because I don’t think I am called to go to every nation nor are most Christians. There are people specially gifted as evangelists, but we can all partake in evangelism and should. I think the Great COmission is best applied generally as Jesus was speaking to a group rather than that Jeff Weddle is supposed to go to every nation, that was my point.

    Second, very cool Paul.

  4. I think the answer to the question is either we are going ourselves, or we are sending by supporting those who feel they are called to go, in that way we help fulfill the great commission.

  5. Ah, I see what you’re saying, Jeff. Of course we can’t go to every single nation on our own, but surely Jesus intended that you and I should go somewhere, whether it be Africa or our workplace, to make disciples.

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