Evangelism-Doing the great commission

To evangelize means to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Christ.  Jesus in giving the Great Commission to the eleven apostles says in

“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, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you.”…Matthew 28:19-20

We have an obligation to compel others to follow Christ. We have an obligation to teach lost souls the truth about Jesus. We are debtors to every NON Christian because we KNOW the good news that can SAVE THEM!

Paul says

I am a debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians, both to the wise and to the unwise….Romans 1:14

If people have not heard and learned the gospel they cannot obey it.

In 1 Peter 4:17  the question is asked, “What shall be the end of those who do not obey the gospel?”  The answer is given in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 which says when the Lord comes He will come “In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We should not want to see anyone lost but as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men.”  People are going to be lost forever if we don’t teach them now!

Now that we are entering the birthing pangs of the end time, the wheat is being sown with the tares meaning that the church is expanding AS well as the enemy’s territory. Evangelism is needed here today more than it ever was before.

The Lord doesn’t want anyone to be lost.

The Lord…is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance….2 Peter 3:9

They can only come to repentance when they know what to do.

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to a knowledge of the truth….1 Timothy 2:4

Because of what the Lord has done for us, we have the obligation to teach others so they can come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:16, “Woe is to me if I preach not the gospel.”  How are we going to answer the Lord if we haven’t bothered to tell the good news to others?

In the first century the good news of the gospel caused such great excitement that “And daily in the temple and from house to house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus” (Acts 5;42).

We need to be as excited today.  And even when they were being heavily persecuted, some even to death, we read in

Therefore those who were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word…Acts 8:4

What should stop us today?  We are not being persecuted.  We have many more advantages.  We have the automobile,  the airplane, the telephone, the Internet, and the printed page.  We are without excuse.

Teaching the lost is the work the Lord has commanded each of us to do.  Successful evangelism is accomplished one person at a time.  Evangelism is not only to be done in distant lands, but we must also teach those near us, our next door neighbors.   God will be with us as we teach His word to the lost.  We will be successful because we read in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  When we do what the Lord says to do we will not fail.