that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Jesus told his disciples they would be his witnesses to the ends of the Earth. (Acts 1.8) Obviously, they didn’t complete the job so followers of Jesus throughout the ages have picked up the mantle, and that is why someone told you the Gospel.
Jesus said to His deciples: Acts 1:8English Standard Version (ESV)- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
I will divide this into bite-sized sections, so you can read one and then pray and spend time thinking about it.
In Acts chapter 8 verse 26 there is the true story of Philip witnessing to the Ethiopian Eunuch
It is an amazing story.
The verse before this says: 25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
And in the same chapter verse 5: Philip went down to the city[a] of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
Where did the Angel of the Lord tell Philip to go? Why? (verse 27)
What did the Holy Spirit tell Philip when he saw the Ethiopian Eunuch?
How did Philip obey? (verse 30)
Do you think the Holy Spirit left Philip at all during this witnessing encounter? (verse 39-40)
Pause and pray
Everything written in the scriptures was written for our edification.
On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
So what about evangelists? Aren’t they supposed to do all the evangelism for the Body of Christ, since they are gifted? That’s not what scripture teaches. Ephesians 4:12. Although evangelists should do more evangelism than other believers, they are not the only ones responsible for making sure everyone in the world hears the Gospel. People with the gift of evangelism are God’s gift to the Church for the purpose of training up and equipping other believers so that they can do the work of ministry (become skilled in evangelism). This does not mean that everybody in the Church will become an evangelist, much the same as not everyone will become a pastor or teacher when we “mature to manhood” (Eph 4:13) and achieve unity as the Body of Christ. So we should follow Philip’s example because it was written down for our instruction. In this way, Philip can equip the Saints today for the work of ministry, teaching us how to evangelise, even though he lived 2000 years ago in Israel.
So what did Paul do as a Christian that we should imitate? He almost single-handedly (always with the help of the Holy Spirit) spread Christianity throughout the whole Roman empire. He wrote most of the New Testament letters to Churches. While he was still called ‘Saul’ he was struck by lightning recorded in Acts 9, had a dramatic conversion experience, and God re-named him Paul and commissioned him to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (non-Jews). (the name change is recorded in Acts 13.9)
Pause and pray.
Acts 17 records Paul preaching the Gospel to people in Athens who worshipped false Gods. Acts 17:16-end
This is another great example of how to preach the Gospel, and I encourage you to follow Paul’s example.
Why did Paul want to preach? (Acts 17:16-17)
Where did Paul go first to reason with people? (Acts 17:17)
Who requested a public speech and why? (Acts 17:18-20)
What false ideas about God did Paul destroy in his speech? (Acts 17:23,24,25)
How did he do this? (What methods did he use? How did he describe God? How did he speak about Jesus(the gospel)?)
Paul didn’t spend ages in the Synagogue just trying to build relationships; or in the market either. He spent his time reasoning with people. Shure, he respected people and acted on his faith in Christ. The main way he did this was by speaking about Christ.
Later, in Acts 19, Paul is in the city of Ephesus. He took the disciples away from the synagogue- away fram disruptions- and taught them in the Hall of Tyrannus. The text says he reasoned with them. Then it says something staggering:
This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
All the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord. The disciples (believers) were gossiping the Gospel. They were telling everyone about Christ. They were contending earnestly for the faith (Jude verse 3). They were teaching new believers how to share their faith and tell people about Jesus. This was an explosive church planting movement. They were producing reproductive generations of believers because Paul was showing them how to tell other people about Jesus Christ, how the scriptures (Old Testament) bear witness about Jesus, and explaining to the believers how to make disciples. They were obeying the Great Commission and 2 Timothy 2:2. Church Planting Movements
More food for thought:
To make a point about the need for hearing, which necessitates words:
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Of interest – Facebook search: ‘Unashamed New Zealand’
Take a break and pray.
Read this scripture and ask who, where, when, why and how questions. Pray about what God wants you to do as a result.
2 Timothy 4:1-8English Standard Version (ESV)
Preach the Word
4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Something else that may be helpful…
This Zipped booklet is a good resource, use it 🙂
The following screenshots come from the Zipped booklet.
“ZIPPED: 15 of the Most Common Reasons Christians Struggle with Evangelism.” By Julian Bachellor which I try to post out to Churches with God’s and others’ help.
You can read a copy of the booklet for free here https://issuu.com/esisite/docs/zipped_august_2017_.
Jesus said to His disciples: Acts 1:8English Standard Version (ESV)- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”