WHY THE NEED FOR EVANGELISM?
Go. It’s the last command Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18-20. We call it the Great Commission. We also call it evangelism. Whatever we choose to call it, Jesus instructed us to do it.
At its core, the Great Commission or evangelism is sharing the good news of salvation, forgiveness, and grace. Without those things, we would all be lost without hope, without a saviour, and would have to endure the consequences of sin – death.
Our world is bombarded with the consequences of sin. Everywhere we turn, we see the effects of a fallen world and many who live without hope. Someone must share hope with them. Jesus said it’s us. You and me.
So why is there a need for evangelism? Below are some Biblical reasons as to why we as Christians should evangelize or witness.
God is not willing that anyone should perish
2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
It’s not the desire of God that people should perish in hell for eternity, but God desires that the gospel of Christ be spread and shared to all mankind with the hope that people may come to a saving knowledge and relationship with God through Christ.
We have a mandate to evangelize
2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV) – But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
Remember that evangelizing is simply the sharing of the gospel especially to unbelievers. Your pastor or church leader cannot reach every soul. Therefore, every Christian is expected by God to play his/her part in reaching to the lost and helping the lost to come to salvation through Christ.
How can people know/believe unless the Gospel is preached?
Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) – 14How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The scriptures say that he/she who evangelizes / shares the gospel has beautiful feet. If we do not share the gospel nor have a desire to share it with others, we are being selfish as Christians. The gospel is about getting people saved from the fires of hell and getting people reconciled with God through Christ.
You know, real friends do not let other friends go to hell. Do you have a friend in your life whom you have never shared the gospel with? Do you have a member of your family who doesn’t even know that you’re a Christian? Romans 10:14-15 says, how can people know what the gospel is all about unless somebody speaks to them about it – and how shall they hear the gospel unless somebody is willing & bold enough to share it?
We should extend the same grace given to us
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) – 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Another reason why we should evangelize is because grace is also an important part of the Good News / gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians we are saved by the grace of God and not because of our own goodness or our own righteousness. We are saved because of the work of Christ and NOT because of our own merit “lest anyone should boast”. The grace of God is central, and this grace is offered to all mankind irrespective of a person’s sins or how bad they think they are. You see, salvation and eternal life is a free gift through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
People are lost outside of Christ.
John 14:6 (NKJV) – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Mark 16:16 (NKJV) – He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
It is only by coming to the Father though Jesus can one have eternal life. If a person doesn’t obey the Gospel, they are condemned to hell. Hell was created for the Devil and his angels, but anyone who rejects Jesus will spend eternity there. We must do all we can to be involved in reaching the lost with the saving grace of Jesus. “the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men…” (Titus 2:11)
The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few
Luke 10:2 (NKJV) – Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Christ tells us that there is a big harvest of unbelievers who need to repent and who need to hear the gospel so that they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Another reason why we need to evangelize is because there are very few “laborers” or Christians who are willing to evangelize. Despite an abundance of churches and Christians, there is a very small ratio of people willing to evangelize. Therefore, Christ encourages to pray for more laborers to evangelize and share the gospel because God is not willing for anyone to perish.