[PC-USA] 1999-09-12 - Passages about Evangelism

Sometimes we seem to have the inaccurate idea that evangelism is the domain of ministers and professional evangelists; however, we all have a role to play in spreading the Gospel.

Rom 10:13-15 (NNAS) For "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"

Phil 1:3-5 (NNAS) I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

God does call gift some people specifically in the area of evangelism, and a responsibility to share the Good News accompanies the gift:

Eph 4:11-12 (NNAS) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ."

Mat 28:19-20 (NNAS) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Isa 52:7 (NNAS) How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

However, all of us should share what God has done for us:

Psa 96:2 (NNAS) Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

1 Pet 3:15 (NNAS) But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

Luke 8:38 (NNAS) But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying "Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

: ) Jan