Christ gave us an imperative statement in the gospel of Mark in chapter 16 verse 15 when he said to us, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel". Your grade school english teacher as well as the dictionary define an imperative sentence as:
- very important
- grammar : having the form that expresses a command rather than a statement or a question
- expressing a command in a forceful and confident way
In other words, evangelism is not one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is simply put, God's command.
Many claim to love Jesus and yet they choose not to obey Him every time they see a clear imperative statement in the Bible.
Jesus said: "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" -Luke 6:46
"If you love me keep my commandments." -John 14:15
Therefore, your obedience to Christ's command to "Go and preach the gospel" is beyond what the average professing Christian is willing to do.
Beginning your own evangelism ministry is not all that complicated. But in order to make it somewhat easier for you to begin, we've compiled a list of what you will not need, as well as some things that you will need.
What You Don't Need
What You Will Need
You Don't Have To Cross The Sea To Be A Missionary, You Just Have To See The Cross
If you're fortunate to be a part of a church that has a love and compassion for the lost, you may want to find out if they offer some basic teachings on evangelism.
Don't get me wrong, when I say basic teachings, it is not meant as "low value", but as the foundational tool upon which you can confidently spring from, and herald the gospel truth with might and power as John the Baptist did. (Luke 7:28)
Sometimes, the churches we attend don't offer any sort of evangelism training, maybe they are somewhat weak in their methods, or worst yet, they don't ascribe to a Biblical understanding of how we are to be a witness for Christ. If that is where you are at the moment, don't fret. There are some wonderful resources available.
First and foremost would be The Way of the Master Basic Training Course which can be found here. "These lessons will teach you to overcome your fears by using a proven, powerfully effective way to make the gospel make sense. You won't be at a loss for words. You don't need to be an expert in apologetics. Instead, you'll learn the forgotten biblical principle of bypassing the intellect (the place of argument) and speaking directly to the conscience (the place of the knowledge of right and wrong) — the way Jesus did."
You can actually view some episodes here:
The next thing you'll want to do is begin carrying tracts with you at all times. This may sound simplistic, but it really is the easiest way to start your ministry. Don't think that you will only be handing out tracts and witnessing on a specific day because every day is a new day with new opportunities to minister to the lost. As you go about your everyday life, do so as unto the Lord. Here's an example to help you look for opportunities. When you go to a store, don't let your primary reason for going be the purchase of groceries, etc, let your primary objective be that you will be placing gospel tracts on shelves, bulletin boards, giving them to other shoppers as well as to the cashier. The secondary objective should be to purchase your food, etc. If you haven't done so already, make this your new way of thinking.
As well as your everyday evangelistic outreach, you'll want to set aside specific days to deliberately go out and share the gospel. Start the day by finding a location that has enough pedestrian traffic. This could be a park, a mall, an outdoor event such as a carnival, or any other place where you will find an abundance of people. Hand out gospel tracts and try some one-to-one evangelism.
As you go about doing this, share what you are doing with other Christians, including thoughts and observations. Your passion might bring about a compassion within them that wasn't there before, and you just might end up with a new partner in your ministry! Post your adventures on our blog