Spread the Word: Ways to Evangelize
The goal of this Daily Exhortation is to glorify God by encouraging you to make spreading the Gospel and the truth that is inseparable to the Gospel, one of the relentless passions and goals of your life.
Just as the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost, may you and I make it our life’s ambition to honor God by serving Him in the work that He is doing all around the world. It’s a work that doesn’t stop. Every moment of everyday, the Triune God is drawing men unto Himself, directing their steps, opening blinded eyes to the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, and empowering men and women to testify to the need and reality of a risen Savior.
So there’s motivation #1: He’s doing it. You don’t have to start something for God (per se), you simply join Him, and are used by Him, in the unstoppable work that He has purposed to do before time began.
Motivation #2: He exhorts us, through Paul’s letter to Timothy, to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim 4:5). Though it may look different for different people, the content is the same: “All who repent and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone for salvation receive the promise of having their sins forgiven and receiving everlasting life”.
There’s an added motivation as well. Not only should we proclaim the person and work of Christ because we ought to, we should do so for our own joy! Remember, when Jesus was instructing His disciples during the upper room discourse He told them, “These things I have spoke to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (Jn 15:11). God’s commands are not burdensome; on the contrary, they’re vehicles for our joy. Therefore, do the work of an evangelist and enjoy doing it.
Now, to the ways of evangelism.
1. “Hit the streets”. One of the best ways to evangelize is to go out and tell people the Gospel. If you’re a Christian then you know how thankful you are that you heard the Gospel, and you know that it is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe. See if a few friends would go with you to a local park or shopping area and tell people the Good News of what Christ has done and why we must believe it. Granted, there will be plenty of rejections, but Lord willing, there will also be people that say: “Thank you so much”, “That makes so much sense”, or “I never knew that, that’s amazing”. Ultimately, whether the reaction is positive or negative (in the sense of someone believing the Gospel or not) it’s up to the Lord. Our responsibility is to sow seed. His Word will accomplish that which He sends it forth to do. May He find us diligently proclaiming glad tidings of good things, deliverance from the wrath to come for all who believe, and an eternity forever with God, because of merits of Jesus Christ.
If you would like to download Gospel tracts that we have prepared feel free to click on this link to do so – The Gospel Brochure. There is no charge, and the tract can be simply tri-folded and given out. If you’re not familiar with the Gospel, or how to present it, it may also be of use that way as well.
2. Use Facebook and Twitter. While Facebook and Twitter can be used for a multitude of purposes, from marketing to connecting with friends and family, it’s most important use should be to glorify God. Everything in all creation has that responsibility. So, although Facebook and Twitter are inanimate programs, the people that use them are not and are thereby commanded to give God glory in whatsoever they do. Therefore, use those means to spread the Word. You can post or tweet Bible verses or links to the Gospel (in writing or audio), whatever the idea may be, use that tool to spread truth.
3. Christmas Gifts. Not that every gift has to be a Bible, or a sermon series, or a theologically centered book, but Christmas time is a good opportunity to give people gifts that will either point them to Christ or, if they are Christians, help build them up in their faith. I would say use discernment in the kind of books you buy people. I know that I would not give someone a Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, or T.D. Jakes book. I don’t say that in a mean or derogatory way at all. In light of the erroneous and one-sided teaching they espouse, it’s prudent for the Christian to give books that are written by Christ-centered reliable ministers, whether they have already gone home to be with the Lord, or are reputable ministers today. Maybe you can give someone a Charles Spurgeon or Jonathan Edwards book. Or, you can give a book by someone like R.C. Sproul, John Piper, or John MacArthur. In any case, Christmas gifts are a good way to spread the Gospel and truth that is inseparable to the Gospel.
*At least one couple that I know is putting the Gospel message in an insert along with their Christmas cards. That, too, is a great way to share Christ this time of the year.
4. Help equip people to share the Gospel. If you know how to communicate the Gospel then you probably know there are many Christians who do not. One year, I think it was for Christmas, someone gave me a season of Way of the Master on DVD’s. That not only reinforced a great a way of sharing the Gospel but it encouraged me to make doing so a regular priority again. So, by helping equipping people learn to share the Gospel, you’re also helping encourage them to spread the Gospel.
5. Sending Links via e-mail. I know quite a few people who send out links to edifying resources (articles, sermons, videos, etc.). Maybe that’s something you can do to for Christians and non-Christians alike. For a Christian maybe you can point them towards some good God-glorifying truth and/or something (also God-glorifying) that you thought to be timely. For a non-Christian, maybe you can send them a link to a message on the Gospel, or an apologetics teaching, or a video that shares the truth of Christ.
6. Support missionaries and Gospel-centered mission organizations. On the Heart Cry Missionary homepage there’s a expression that, I think, epitomizes the way in which the church collectively partners in the work of missions. It says, “You are either called to go down into the well or hold the rope for those who down”. I think that’s an excellent way of expressing the need for those who “hold the rope”, or give, so that others can “go down into well”. One way, you partake in spreading the Gospel is by supporting Gospel centered missionaries or missions organizations.
7. Intentional Conversations. Be conscious of what doors the Lord may open for you wherever you are. If you are at work, or school, or the doctor’s office, or the mechanic, be sensitive to how the conversation may lead to an opportunity to share the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While God can, and does, put us in positions to evangelize even when we’re not looking for them, the better rule of thumb is to always be looking and ready to preach the Gospel, in season and out of season.
These ideas are by no means exhaustive, but the idea is simple:
May you be exhorted to leverage your life to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the truth that is inseparable to that Gospel, spread far and wide.