Evangelism Today

In general it appears as though evangelism today seems to be some good deeds for someone, or maybe a group of people, as a lure to sharing the gospel with that person or group of people. Whilst there is nothing wrong with doing such good deeds and certainly it is biblical to take care of others and serve them, it is the heart of what is happening that concerns me. Did Jesus Himself try to buy disciples? Was He desperate to win them over? Was He begging for them to listen to His Gospel? I believe that Jesus demonstrated great mercy by healing broken sinners and then declaring to them that they should repent of their sins. John the baptist went before Jesus with the message of repentance and the other prophets before him. And the disciples of Jesus Christ followed after Him with the same message. Can you see that receiving the Gospel of Christ is a privilege and that we do not need to beg people to listen. We do not need to try and buy them or win them over by some good works. In fact even trying to do this is a man made compromise and is not pleasing to God.


 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

So we are the work of God, in Christ Jesus, here on earth to do the works that God has prepared for us to do. I can not deny that some of those works will be doing good deeds for others, but if we are using these deeds as a method by which we can purchase the salvation of others then we have the wrong heart. We do not trick people into becoming disciples and true evangelism will always bring repentance.

2 TIMOTHY 2 : 19 -26 NKJV

 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ[a] depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

A servant of The Lord will correct those who are in opposition to the truth, if perhaps God will grant them repentance that they may know the truth. Finding the truth is therefore at the mercy of God alone. A servant of God will correct others so that they may have an opportunity of knowing the truth.

JOHN 14 : 6 NKJV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

JOHN 17 : 16 - 19 NKJV

16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

We are first being saved through sanctification, being brought to repentance, and through it receiving the truth and then we are privileged to be the workmanship of God to correct others in the same ways, that others may escape the snares of the devil.

MARK 16 : 15 - 20

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand

19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.[b]

Those who are the workmanship of God will walk in the power of God just as Jesus did. They will preach the truth that the immorality, depravity and corruption of this world will be exposed, that those who hear will have an opportunity to choose salvation through Jesus Christ. That is true evangelism!!!


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