That is why I am writing this sermon to help you understand how to preach as an evangelist.
My aim in this sermon is not to show you the diverse methods or types of evangelism, rather, I want to use Biblical examples to show you how the master Jesus Christ and few other outstanding evangelist in the Bible like Peter, Philip and Paul preached the gospel.
If you are seeking to know the various methods of types of evangelism, you can refer to the sermon below
So without any further ado, let”s dive into this article.
How To Preach As An Evangelist.
If you want to preach as an evangelist, you must read the Bible and study how the Lord Jesus Christ ad several other evangelists used to preach the gospel. And after doing that, you can then go head to adopt the various methods or types of evangelism to will further your course of preaching the gospel.
As I promised in the introductory part of this sermon, Let us move on to see how the Lord Jesus Christ and few of the selected evangelists in the Bible used to preach the gospel.
How Jesus used to preach.
Jesus began his work of evangelism by calling twelve other evangelists who will assist him throughout the period of his evangelical ministry on earth. (Mathew 4:18-22).
Although one of them, Judas Iscariot, sold him out to death, the eleven others would faithfully help him to fulfill his evangelical ministry and hand it over to others from generation to generation up till the present day.
Immediately after calling the twelve disciples, Jesus would move on to deliver his first sermon on the Mountain as recorded in Mathew chapters 5, 6 and 7.
Although the actual mountain that Jesus delivered this sermon is not recorded in the Bible, several suggestions which includes the Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Arbel and the Horns of Hattin, have been suggested as possibilities.
This sermon on the mount can be classified as an open air method of evangelism by Jesus Christ.
In Mathew 13:1-3, the Bible records that Jesus left the housed and went to a lake side where he sat down to teach. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got on the boat and sat in it while the crowd stood on the shore, he then used parables to tell them many stories.
This is another example of an open air evangelism done by Jesus Christ.
There are several instances in the Bible where Jesus is seen preaching in the temple. The Bible specifically records in Luke 21:37 that Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.
Another way that Jesus used to preach was visiting the would-be converts in their homes. An example is recorded in Luke 19:1-10 where Jesus visits a tax collector known as Zacchaeus to preach and convert him.
His closeness to sinners whom he succeeded in converting even began a controversy among his own people to a point that he had to say in Luke 5:31-32: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
From the few examples we can see so far, I hope you can now understand how to adopt Jesus method of preaching. You can read the sermon below to learn more about the methods of evangelism used by Jesus Christ with complete Biblical references.
How Peter preached in the Bible.
The history of Peter’s preaching began on the Pentecost Day immediately after the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, this is recorded in Accts chapter 2.
On that very day, Peter delivered a public speech that converted about three thousand people to Christianity.
In Acts 3:11-26, Peter and John preached in the temple, Solomon’s porch precisely. In that sermon, Peter tried to remind the Jews of what the ancient prophets predicted about the Lord Jesus Christ that has come to pass.
He specifically pointed out how they wouldn’t believe his message but rather betrayed and delivered him up to death for no crime he was ever guilty of.
But then, he told them that no matter the depth of sin they committed by crucifying Christ, God has raised him up from death and made it possible for them to get repentance and salvation through the ressurected Christ.
This message did not however go down well with the Jewish leaders who immediately sent soldiers to arrest Peter and Paul and bring them before the council.
While Peter was before the council, the Bible records that he was full of the Holy Spirit and even tried to preach and convert the Jewish leaders with all amount of boldness. But they however warned Peter from ever making such mistakes, even before them or every other Jewish people.
In conclusion about Peter’s preaching, we can understand that the Holy Spirit enabled Peter to preach the word of God with all amount of boldness. And you as an evangelist must pray always for the Holy Spirit to enable you preach as you ought to.
How Paul preached the gospel.
First and foremost, it is very important to establish the fact that before he began preaching, Paul was formerly a great persecutor of the Christian church as he himself relates in 1 Corinthians 15:9: For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Saul’s conversion is recorded in Acts chapter 9, and it details how he was arrested by Christ in his way to persecute the Christians in the city of Damascus.
Paul’s hitory of beginning to preach is recorded in Acts 9:20-22: Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
After this, Paul would carry out 3 outstanding missionary journeys around the world throughout his career as an evangelist until he was finally killed in the Neronian persecution of Christians in 67 AD.
To learn about the three missionary journeys of the apostle Paul, you can read the books of Acts from verses 9 to the end.
By having the full knowledge of how Jesus Christ and all the early evangelists preached, I believe you will have alll the inspiration and encouragement to preach the gospel no matter what you may face while doing so.