I recently wrote a post titled 5 Common Mistakes for Evangelism. I thought I would follow-up that post with 6 Biblical Guidelines for Evangelism.
Keep in mind that we do not fail in our evangelism if we faithfully tell the entirety of the Gospel and yet a person is not converted, but we only fail if we did not tell the Gospel at all. So without further adieu, the 6 Biblical Guidelines to Evangelism:
Tell people with Honesty that if they repent and believe they will be saved. Tell them the truth that it will be costly and do not leave out the repentance. Do not dress up the Gospel to make it an additive to their life and the solution to all their worldly problems. It is not our responsibility to hold back the awkward truth, it is our responsibility to tell the truth in love. As an example, in the book of Acts, Peter’s sermons are breathtakingly honest. In Mark 2 Jesus states that only the sick need a doctor, and if one believes they are a good person and righteous in the sight of God, there is no need for repentance and is sure to be a false conversion.
Tell people with urgency that they should decide now and that Jesus Christ is the only way. How else will a sinner be reconciled to a Holy God? The Bible says today is the day of salvation. History is not cyclical, it has a beginning and has an end where there will be a judgment by a Holy, just, and righteous God. Our time is limited and uncertain here on earth and they need to do this now. Not when it feels convenient or before they die or when their life gets better, but now.
Tell people with joy that if they repent and believe they will be saved. Although it is costly and urgent, it is worth it. There are so many joys in following Jesus, who would say it is not worth it. Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him. And whatever the cost and sacrifice He calls us to make is nothing compared to the everlasting joy and glory of knowing Him.
4) The Bible
5) The Christian Life
Realize that the Christian life lived out is a central part to our evangelism. Our lives and witness and our relationships with each other in church and home life and even private time are central pieces of evidence to non-Christians that the gospel is true and examples of the fruits of repentance and faith.
Simply, pray. Salvation is the work of God so naturally we must ask Him to convert and make the soils of one’s hearts soft and ready. We are at best waiters at God’s grace. Unless you think that you can make the dead rise from the grave and make the blind see and make a man born again, we must pray for Him to grant the repentance and faith towards salvation.
Instead of me using all my extensive powers to convict and change the sinner while God stands back like a gentlemen quietly waiting for the spiritual corpse to invite God into his heart, I’m going to preach the gospel like a gentlemen knowing that I can not convert and stand back while God uses all of His extensive powers to convict and convert and change the sinner. Then we will really see who can call the dead to life, and He will use us in the doing of it not because we a good but because we are not good. He can use anybody, in fact He likes to use the just anybody’s. It brings more glory to Him.
And so that is evangelism – the telling of the good news about Jesus and faithfully doing it with honesty, urgency, with joy, using the Bible, living a life that backs it up, praying, and doing it all for the glory of God.