This is an important section for both pastors and evangelists to read. It will greatly help in teaching evangelism to others.
Every house needs a good foundation. If the foundation is crooked, unstable or built with the wrong materials, the house may collapse, especially in a storm (Matt 7:24-27). The story of the two houses, told by Jesus, applies to whatever you do for God. Your ministry, family and personal life must be built on a sure foundation that will not crack or decay. So it is with the work of evangelism.
Evangelism is not understood well by many leaders in the Church. Some think evangelism is holding a church meeting and expecting unsaved people to come into a church and respond.
Some make the mistake of merely telling people they should follow certain Christian traditions instead of showing them their need to receive and follow Christ. Getting people to conform to outward behavior and adopt Christian traditions is not bringing them into salvation through Christ!
To be a Christian means to be one who receives and follows Christ and is restored into relationship with God the Father. You are not saved by joining a church or following religious traditions. Being saved is receiving the risen Jesus, surrendering your life to Him, trusting in Him and His work on the Cross to save you, and making Him your Lord and Savior.
We must clearly present the full truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why we must diligently study what the Bible teaches about evangelism and the true Gospel message.
An evangelism message should not be overly complicated. It should be a clear, complete, easy-to-understand presentation of the Truth of Jesus as revealed in Scripture. It should be declared in a way that listeners can understand. This is the work of the evangelist.
THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT A PERSON – JESUS
Paul gives a simple Gospel message in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5: Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead to give us salvation and restore us to relationship with God. This is the Gospel that saves.
EVANGELISM IS TELLING THE GOSPEL
Sharing the Gospel means telling of the great things Jesus has done. Jesus loves people so greatly that He died in their place to take upon Himself the penalty for their sins. When Jesus rose from the dead, He defeated sin, death, hell and every power of evil. This is good news for every person on earth!
Understanding and using the following terms will help you present the Gospel in a clear way so that people will understand God’s plan of salvation.
Love. God loves you and gave His Son to die and take the penalty for your sin. God’s love is an everlasting love, a love without limits or conditions. God loves you even though you are a sinner and have offended Him. Nothing and no one can change God’s love for you (John 3:16; Rom 5:18; 8:31-39).