For many Christians, evangelism is an uneasy word. It conjures images of someone on a busy street corner handing out Bible tracts or perhaps a missionary on the doorstep interrupting an already-hectic Saturday morning. Neither situation necessarily describes evangelism, although a good vantage point on evangelism includes it as an essential part of Christian discipleship.
Evangelism should not just be about providing a form of fire insurance “to keep people out of hell,” Rev. Heather Lear, director of evangelism ministries for the United Methodist Board of Discipleship said. “Jesus came to teach us how to live and to announce the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The reverend continued, “To truly share and live out that good news requires developing relationships with people. That often requires more than handing out Bible tracts.”
A few somewhat generic definitions and details of evangelism are given below:
The winning of persons to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. From the Latin word evangelium, meaning good news or gospel, evangelism is the proclamation of the gospel to individuals and groups by preaching, teaching, and personal and family visitation. It is the seeking by the Christian to bring others into a vital personal relationship with Christ.
Evangelism is sharing the Good News that Jesus Christ’s death conquered sin - it is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or by personal witness.
While some are called to the full-time ministry of evangelism, we are all called to share the gospel. In a nutshell, evangelism is simply sharing good news. And what better news is there to take to others than the message that God has made a way for us to be reconciled to him?
Included in this web site category are some personal observations on evangelism.
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