6 Thoughts on Evangelism Every Leader Should Know
Perry Noble: “Good deeds are never a bad thing, but please don’t try to convince me that cutting someone’s grass is evangelism.”
Evangelism (telling others about Jesus) is not a great idea…it is a COMMAND issued by Christ Himself. It’s not easy, it does cause us to get uncomfortable, people will think you are crazy, and following the command of Christ will create tension at times.
Nonetheless, we are still called and empowered to do this! So today, I hope you will take a little time to read Acts 8:4-8 and then Acts 8:26-40 and let’s think about six things together.
1. Evangelism Is the Proclamation of Jesus Christ–PERIOD! (Acts 8:4-8)
One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life is, “preach the Gospel all of the time and, when necessary, use words!” DUMB! Because…God said in Romans 10:14-17, it’s through The Word that people are saved.
Listen, good deeds are never a bad thing…but please don’t try to convince me that cutting someone’s grass or paying for their coffee is evangelism…it’s NOT! The biblical definition of evangelism is when we proclaim Christ…and unfortunately, a cowardly church culture has turned it into a whole lot of things that Jesus never intended it to be. The Bible says in Acts 8:5 that Phillip proclaimed CHRIST…Acts 4:12 says there is no other name by which we must be saved…I Timothy 2:5 says there is ONE mediator, and we’ve been commissioned and commanded by Jesus with this calling/responsibility! (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, II Corinthians 5:17-21!)
2. Evangelism Will Disrupt Our “Normal” Routine!
In Acts 8:4-8 Phillip is declaring Christ to the masses, but notice in Acts 8:26, God specifically speaks to his heart and leads him in a different direction. One of the things we’ve got to do is beg God to disrupt our “normal” routine and make ourselves available to do whatever He wants us to do. (I HIGHLY recommend Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels, the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of evangelism!)
3. God Is Preparing the Hearts of the People He Is Prompting Us to Share Christ With!
Check out Acts 8:27-28. The reason God sent Phillip down this road is that He was working on the heart of a man who desperately needed Him! Please understand that we never know what God may be doing in someone else’s life. They may portray that they have it all together and they are not interested, but you never know what God is doing in their hearts. If God is prompting you to share Christ with someone, then He has gone ahead of you and is preparing them as well!