Why Evangelize?

Jesus said follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. (I will make you into men that can do it.)

The word evangelize is used 53 times in the New Testament.  Someone has well said:

  •  “Evangelism is the job of God.”
  •  ” Evangelism is the anguished cry of Jesus as He weeps over a doomed city.”
  •   Evangelism was the cry of Paul when he says, “I wish myself were accursed from Christ for my brother and my kinsman according to the flesh.
  •  ” Evangelism is the heart-winning plea of Moses who said, “Oh these people have sinned, yet now if Thou wilt forgive their sin, if not block me, I    pray  Thee, out of the book, which Thou has written.”
  • Evangelism was the cry of John Knox, who said, “Give me Scotland or I die.”
  •   It was the cry of Wesley who said, “The world is my parish.”
  • ” Evangelism is the job of parents in the night weeping over a lost son.”

Personal evangelism is God’s redemptive purpose to bring men to Christ. The first lifesaving crew ever gathered together is seen in Matthew 4. This is where Jesus Christ officially began His earthly ministry. He selected the right partners because He never intended to do it alone nor was it His intention to only evangelize from the pulpit.

The twelve apostles were all called and chosen personally by Jesus Christ for the purpose of learning to fish for men. (John 15:16)  Like these men, every born again believer is called to preach Christ and to labor in the fields which are white for harvest. (Luke 24:46-47, 2 Cor 5:20 2 Pet 2:9)

We are to follow the example of Jesus and teach others to be fishers of men.

  • Fish by line (String and Stick)  One on one evangelism
  • Drag net used in a boat to scoop up the fish (Matt 13)  Mass evangelism
  • Casting a net (circular net cast from the shore) broadcast evangelism

They were not fishing for one but for many and Jesus continued to recruit/train them for the ministry. The men he chose were commoners and not superstars who were called then qualified by Christ.  They had certain qualities that pleased the Lord and were useful in His service.  Some of these included:

  1. Patience
  2. Perseverance
  3. Courage
  4. Discernment (Soul winner chooses his moment)
  5. Humility (Soul winner keeps the gaze on Jesus Christ)

Jesus was committed to training the disciples through practical hands on experience in the field.  During the three years he led and ministered to  the disciples, He sent them out in pairs to share the gospel of the kingdom on numerous occasions.  When they returned to the Master, they shared their  reports about their experience.  These men were effective because they learned from Jesus and made the adjustments necessary to be fruitful in ministry.  They observed his methods and did what He did.  Are you willing to change and sacrifice for the sake of the call and the ‘Great Commission’ of Christ?

Remember this: Evangelism is more caught than taught!

Are you willing to go like Jesus and the disciples did?

Jesus is looking for well-trained people who are obedient and committed to the goal of saving lives through the preaching of the gospel.

  • He was available and with the crowd
  • No favorites –No one was off-limits or out of reach. He gave the truth to the religious, the wealthy, the famous and those with bad reputations.
  • He was totally sensitive
  • Jesus & the disciples made public confessions of their teaching
  • Jesus was loving and tender (John 8)
  • Jesus took time out for others and their needs (Mark 5)

Is He calling you into the field? Let me help you prepare to go.  Contact me:  evangelize4life@aol.com

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One Response to Why Evangelize?

  1. Robin says:

    Thanks Steven for these thought-provoking words. They are a reminder to all of us to count the cost and examine whether Jesus is indeed our Lord!

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