Evangelism – What is it?
Our term evangelism comes from the Greek work euangellizo. It’s the verb form of the noun euangellion, which means good news or gospel. So, evangelism involves sharing the good news, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and calling people to repent and believe. It is communicating the message of all that God has done to save sinners from their sin and calling them to respond. It requires showing them their lostness, communicating God’s claim upon them, and pleading with them to respond in repentance and faith.
The church’s role is to inform and proclaim.
The Holy Spirit convicts and converts.
God’s expectation is that all men are to respond in repentance from sin and saving faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, which requires dying to self and living for Jesus in love and in gratitude for His saving work.
Evangelism is communicating the good news of Jesus Christ and trusting God to bring the results.
- “Evangelism is the telling others the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to save sinners and calling them to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus.”
(B. Jamieson, Reaching the Lost: Evangelism, (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2012), p.13.
- “A concerted effort in the power of the Holy Spirit to confront unbelievers with the truth about Jesus Christ and the claims of our Lord with a view to leading unbelievers into repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and, thus, into the fellowship of His church so they may grow in the Spirit.”
(L. Drummond, The Word of the Cross (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1992), p.9.
- “Evangelism is teaching (heralding, proclaiming, preaching) the gospel (the message from God that leads us to salvation) with the aim (hope, desire, goal) to persuade (convince, convert).
(J. Mack Stiles, Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus, (Wheaton, Crossway Books, 2014), p.27.
- “Success [in evangelism] is measured by the careful and accurate delivery of the message, not by the response of the recipient. Whenever we share the gospel (which includes the summons to repent and believe), we have succeeded. In the truest sense, all biblical evangelism is successful evangelism, regardless of the results.”
(D. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life, (Colorado Springs, NavPress, 1991), p.103.