Category: What is the biblical method of evangelism?

When trying to decide how to share Christ with someone, the starting point should be the same as that of John the Baptist and Jesus Himself. Matthew 3:2 tells us that John began his ministry with the words “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Repentance refers to a “change of mind,” which implies sorrow for past offences (2 Corinthians 7:10), a deep sense of the evil of sin as committed against God (Psalm 51:4), and a conscious decision to turn from sin to God. The first words Jesus spoke when He began His public ministry were identical to John’s (Matthew 4:17).

Biblical evangelism – The good news and the bad news
The word “gospel” means “good news.” While many well-meaning Christians begin their evangelistic efforts with the good news of God’s love for mankind, that message is lost on unbelievers who must first come to grips with the extent of the bad news. First, man is separated from a holy, righteous God by sin. Second, God hates sin and is “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11). Third, death and judgment are inevitable (Hebrews 9:27). Fourth, man is wholly incapable of doing anything about the situation. Until the full extent of this bad news is presented, the good news cannot be effectively communicated.

Biblical evangelism – The holiness of God
What is missing from much modern evangelism is the holiness of God. In Isaiah’s vision of heaven, God’s holiness is being extolled by the seraphim around the throne. Of all the attributes of God they could have praised, it was His holiness—not His love—of which they sang. “And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory’” (Isaiah 6:3).  When we understand just how holy God is, we can begin to understand His hatred of sin and His righteous wrath against sinners. Zechariah 8:16-17 and Proverbs 6:16-19 outline the sins God hates—pride, lying, murder, false witness, those who stir up trouble, and those with evil in their hearts. We cringe at the idea of God actually hating, because we are more comfortable with Him as a God of love, which He certainly is. But His hatred is real and it burns against evil (Isaiah 5:25; Hosea 8:5; Zechariah 10:3).

The unsaved person stands in mortal peril of the wrath of holy God, as Hebrews 10:31 reminds us: “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” An unbeliever is separated from God by his sin, which God hates, and there is nothing he can do about it. His nature is corrupt and fallen and he is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) with no hope of redeeming himself. He cannot save himself, in spite of good intentions or good works (Romans 3:20). Every good work that man thinks he can do is as “filthy rags” in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6). No amount good living will make us acceptable in God’s eyes because the standard is holiness, without which no one will see God (Hebrews 12:14).

Biblical evangelism – Salvation through Jesus Christ
But now comes the good news. What man could not do to save himself, God accomplished on the cross. Jesus exchanged His righteous, holy nature for our sinful nature so that we can stand before God completely clean and pure, new creations with the old sin nature gone forever (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). God provided the perfect sacrifice for our sin, not because we deserved it or earned it, but because of His love and grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:8-9). Only those whose natures have been changed can escape the wrath of God and live in the light of His love and mercy. If we believe these things and commit our lives to following Christ by faith, we will live eternally with Him in the bliss and glory of heaven. This is good news indeed.

Biblical evangelism begins with prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in witnessing, open doors of opportunity, and a clear understanding of the bad news of sin and wrath and the good news of love, grace, mercy and faith.

Your testimony is one of your most powerful tools in witnessing for Christ and converting non-believers to Him:

In the categories I follow I have the opportunity to read many posts. Some I comment on, some I do not.  Some I find interesting, some I do not. But what I do find is truly this: “seldom is there a testimony and; Christians witnessing to Christians…… ” How do I know this? because we all post in the same categories of Christianity, Christ, Faith, religion and so on. I’m guilty of it too…. What I, and others are doing, is Preaching to the Choir.

Personally, I think I have it wrong. Where I (we) should be posting articles; and, giving testimony about my God and what He has done for me,  is in the categories of “homosexuals”, “atheists”, “Muslims”, “agnostics”, “community”, “family,” ‘the sick and the addicted,” and “many others.” For it is they who need the Word of God and receiving salvation through Jesus Christ the true Messiah. And, that is now part of my testimony.

Fellowship is important I agree. Being a strength in another’s time of weakness is being true to your faith; yet, “are we not called to be “Fishers of Men?” Your life’s experiences are your testimony of what God has done in your life.  “For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15).

An  effective testimony is one that conveys both your own experience and the Gospel  of Christ so that someone else has the information about the process of  salvation.

(1) Start by writing down the details of how you came to trust in  Christ to save you. Answering the following questions to help you: (a) Who told  me about Christ?  (b) What events led up to me trusting or believing in Christ? (c)  When did I trust in Christ? (d) Where was I when I first believed? (e) How has  faith in Christ been a blessing to me?

(2) Next write this out so that  it flows well as a story. Try to be as concise as possible. As a goal, try to  make the length of your testimony so that it can be effectively shared in three  minutes or less.

(3) Make sure you have included the appropriate  Scriptures in your testimony. Remember that it is Scripture that is  authoritative because it is God’s Word. As an example, your testimony should  consist of your becoming aware that you were separated from God by your sin (Romans 3:23), the  realization that you would spend eternity away from God if you did not receive  forgiveness (Romans  6:23), the understanding that God sent His only perfect Son Jesus to die and  pay for your sin (Romans 5:8),  and finally your receiving forgiveness by trusting alone in Christ’s payment for  sin (Acts  16:31).

As an example, below is a testimony of how this person came to trust  in Christ as my Savior.

Though as a child and teenager I spoke with a  pastor three or four times about how I might go to heaven when I died, I never  really understood the Gospel of Christ until I was a young adult in my mid 20s.  Over the course of a few years, I began reading the Bible, listening to a couple  of good conservative Bible teachers on television, and discussing what I had  heard with Christians at work. Through this, I came to realize that I was sinner  separated from God and deserved to be eternally separated from God. This was  based on Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and Romans 6:23 “ the wages of sin is death.” I also came to  understand that God loves me so much that He sent His Son Jesus, and Jesus came  to earth specifically to die for my sins (and the sins of the whole world) so  that I could be forgiven (Romans 5:8John 3:16).

Finally, I  came to understand that there was no way I could be good enough or work my way  to heaven. Romans 3:10 says there is none who does good and Ephesians  2:8-10 declares that salvation is a gift of God, not something earned, and  it is received only by faith, which is to simply trust in or rely completely on  the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as payment for my sin. After I  came to understand these truths from Scripture, I had a sense of assurance that  since I could not work for my salvation, I could not lose it either since it is  a gift from God.

There was a great sense of relief in knowing that I was  forgiven and that God was on my side and wanted and still wants what is best for  me. Since beginning my life with Christ, He has, by the power of the Holy Spirit  who lives in my heart, continues to sanctify me through His Word and His working  in my life. This forgiveness and security that I have from God can be yours too  if you will trust Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins.