It is God, by His Holy Spirit, who draws people to Himself (John 6:44). So we must pray much, asking God to draw those to salvation who do not know Him.
But we are much mistaken if we do not heed the full counsel of God’s Word and Christ’s commands: Though God must draw people, we must obey God and go and preach the Gospel and tell people the Good News!
“How 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? And 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!’” (Rom 10:14,15).
Yes, the Holy Spirit must draw people to salvation. But as this passage so boldly states, people must hear about Jesus before they can believe in Him!
Jesus commanded His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19-20); “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
If this was not a vital part of people receiving salvation, it would be a useless exercise. We must go; we must proclaim! People are perishing daily who have never heard the Gospel. It is God’s desire that NONE should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance (2Pet 3:9). Christians must obey Christ, following His example – calling people to repent and believe, preaching the Gospel to every creature as Christ commanded us to do!
As we preach this Gospel message, it needs to be clear and simple. It must make sense to the hearers. The Gospel message must be understood, so that people are sure about the decision they are making.
A good evangelistic message is unique in that it will be about who Jesus is – and not about how to pray, helping others, or how to be good (those are teaching messages). When an evangelist preaches, he/she tells others about Jesus Christ and calls people to come to Christ in repentance. Many preachers do not know how to preach an evangelism message. Evangelism messages should be about Jesus and why people need to receive Jesus.
CHOOSE A RELEVANT BIBLE TEXT
Choose a Bible text to preach from that helps illustrate the Gospel message and that will make sense to those who hear. Here are a few examples of good Bible passages to preach from that will help people understand Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers to them:
- The lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7)
- The lost coin (Luke 15:8-10)
- The man whom Jesus delivered from demons (Mark 5:1-15)
- The woman who reached out to Jesus for her need (Luke 8:41-48)
- The invitation that was refused (Matt 22:1-10)
- Is your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life? (Rev 20:12-15)
- Jesus will be your Shepherd (John 10:2-4, 26-29)
- Two roads in life (Matt 7:13,14)
- Calling out to Jesus in times of trouble (Rom 10:13)
There are many different passages of Scripture that can form a basis for presenting a clear Gospel message. Ask the Lord to give you insight into the Bible and into people’s lives so that you can preach in a way that they can understand.
LOVINGLY PRESENT THE GOSPEL
Some evangelists begin their message with: “You must be saved! You will go to hell!” They repeat these types of words again and again. This kind of preaching beats down the people and imparts condemnation. After a while they will stop listening and go away.