If not for the Holy Spirit evangelism would never have been in existence today, as an Evangelist I have always perceived the Holy Spirit as the brain behind every successful act of evangelism right from the beginning of time.
Personally, I have had so many experiences and encounter with the Holy Spirit in the course of doing my job as an evangelist, and this has always convinced me beyond reasonable doubt that it is truly the holy spirit that carries out all the works of evangelism.
Basically, the main aim of evangelism is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and in so doing make disciples whom you will teach how to obey the commandments of God given to us by Jesus Christ.
But when you go to Bible in Luke 24:49, you will see how the Jesus instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the promise of the Holy Spirit before they begin to preach the gospel. And in Acts chapter 2, we can see how the disciples received the Holy Spirit and immediately began to proclaim the gospel.
In this religious discourse therefore, we are going to examine the scriptures to really get to see how the Holy Spirit works in Evangelism. From this discourse, you will understand that the coming of the Holy Spirit to equip the disciples for the preaching of the gospel was never a coincidence but originally planned by God from the beginning of time.
I will try my best to show how the Holy Spirit used the disciples in the Bible to preach the gospel and will end this article by showing you how to receive the Holy Spirit that will enable you to do the work of evangelism.
So without much ado, let’s get started right away.
How The Holy Spirit Works In Evangelism.
In evangelism, the Holy Spirit works in two basic ways which are: firstly, it gives the Evangelists the power that enables them to bear witness of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world as he promised in Acts 1: 8 and secondly it enables the hearers or listeners to receive and believe the gospel that is being preached to them.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
The coming of the Holy Spirit to empower the disciples as Jesus promised above was not a coincidence but was promised beforehand by God Himself. One such promise is recorded in the book of Joel 2:28 thus: “Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message…
Peter Himself stood up to quote the above Bible passage in its whole context immediately after they received the Holy Spirit on the Pentecost day: He said;
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:14-21).
After concluding his entire speech, the crowd that was witnessing the entire scenario of the disciples speaking in diverse tongues inquired from Peter what they must do to be saved and Peter responded that they should repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins to receive the same Holy Spirit.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:37-39).
And in verse 41 of the above Bible passage, it is revealed that about three thousand people repented and were baptized that very day. Now this goes on to proof our second point that it is also the work of the Holy Spirit to convert those who are listening to the gospel message.
How the Holy Spirit empowers us to witness.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness by making us fearless and in so doing able to withstand all the oppositions of the devil during evangelism.
I am living proof of this because, before 2014 when I gave my life to Christ and began the work of evangelism, I was always given to fear that most times prevented me from moving out of the house whenever it gets dark.
But since I began evangelizing in 2014, I have been a witness of the gospel of Jesus in the most dangerous places in the dark without any form of fear. And the result is living a life without fear even when am not evangelizing.
When you study the case of the disciples of Christ, you will discover that immediately Jesus died and was buried, they were all afraid of what the Jewish authorities would do to them, and for that reason, they locked themselves up in the upper room and prayed all day and night.
But as soon as they received the Holy Spirit on that fateful day of Pentecost, they all went out without fear and started to proclaim the gospel, and the whole book of Acts records all the sufferings and deaths they all faced while doing so.