The main aim of evangelism is to preach the word of God to convert people to the Christian religion.
But it is worth noting that various teachings abounds in Christendom and as an evangelist you need to understand those teachings that align with evangelism.
The scripture severally warns us about false teachers who will rise and bring diverse teachings into the Christian religion to draw people away from the main teachings of Christianity.
In Acts 2:29, the apostle Paul prophecies about wolves who will enter the church and not spare the flock after his departure and urges his converts to hold on to the true teachings of evangelism.
Jesus was the first to make this prediction in Mathew 24 verses 5 and 11 and He specifically mentioned in verse 24 that great shall be the miracles and wonders performed by these false prophets to the point of even deceiving many of the elect.
The elect here are those who have had a deeper knowledge of the Word of God and even preach it to others, and they are simply known as the evangelists.
Because of all these prophecies, it is then very important for all evangelists to hold on to the true teachings of an evangelist which we shall discover in this religious discourse.
So without much ado, let’s get started right away.
The true teachings of evangelism.
According to Acts 2:38, the true teachings of evangelism are repentance, baptism and the forgiveness of sins, and all three teachings are to enable human beings prepare for the kingdom of God which is at hand.
It is worth noting that the history of evangelical work begins in Acts chapter 2 where the disciples are seen receiving the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised them earlier on in Acts 1:8, and after the incident Peter made a speech to the large crowd that gathered to watch them speak in their diverse languages.
After his speech, the crowd asked Peter what they were going to do to be saved and Peter gave the response in Acts 2:38, and this response formulates the teachings of an evangelist which we saw earlier on as repentance, baptism, and the forgiveness of sins.
Again, when Jesus began his evangelical ministry while on earth, his main teaching as seen in Mathew 4:17 was “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”. And when he began to send his disciples out to do the job of evangelism, he told them, as seen in Mathew 10:7-14 to teach about the kingdom of God which is at hand.
The three things every human being is expected to do to prepare for this kingdom are to repent, baptize, and receive the forgiveness of sins from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now let’s move on from here to see certain facts about repentance, baptism, and the forgiveness of sins as it relates to evangelism.
Repentance in evangelism.
In evangelism, repentance simply means forsaking your sinful ways and ensuring you do not go back on them again. For example, if you were a womanizer, you are expected to stop womanizing and never go back to it again in the future.
It is however sad that so many people hold on to the belief that repentance simply means to start going to church, fast and pray every time, and even preach the word of God to convert others. But if you are doing all these things and are still living in sin because the scripture says in Mathew 7:21-23 that it is not all who call Jesus Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of God because many will become outcasts on that day.
Now let’s outline the above passage for you to get the full details of what Jesus said about evangelism in the above Bible verse.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
What more can I say?
Baptism and evangelism.
Baptism is very important in evangelism because it serves as a rite of passage into the Christian religion. Jesus himself who is the owner and head of Christianity was baptized by John the Baptist as we can see in Mathew 3:13-17.
In the book of Acts of the Apostlesteaching, baptism stands out as a very important teachings of an evangelist as we can see in the highlights below.
- In Acts 8:5-13, we see how the people of Samaria were baptized by Peter and John after they believed the gospel preached to them by evangelist Philip. A notable figure in the town known as Simon who was a magician was even among those to receive baptism in Samaria.
- In Acts 8:36-38, the same evangelist Philip baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch immediately after explaining the word of God in Isaiah 53 to his understanding.
- Paul was baptized by Ananias after he was converted on his way to Damascus and became blind for several days. Acts 9:17-19.
- Now it would have been laid down as a belief that one cannot receive the Holy Spirit unless he gets baptized, but in Acts 10:44-48, we can see how the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit before they even got baptized. This goes to show how important baptism is in evangelism because there would have been no need for the Gentiles to be baptized after receiving the Holy Spirit.
- In Acts 16:13-14, a certain female believer known as Lydia and her whole household were baptized by the disciples.
- In Acts 16:27-34, Paul baptized a certain jailor and his household after he received the word of God and was converted to Christendom.
- Accts 18:5-8 records how Paul baptized a certain man named Titus Justus in Macedonia and several others who believed the word of God in that city.
- In Acts 19:1-5, Paul opposed people in Ephesus who claimed they received the baptism of John and baptized them again in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Forgiveness of sins in evangelism.
The focus of forgiveness of sins when it comes to evangelism should center on God’s ability to forgive any kind of sin the sinner has committed.
This is because there are so many people who refuse to seek repentance since they think their sins are way too much for God to forgive.
The main passage to use in this kind of case is Isaiah 1:18 where God urges the sinners to come and reason with him, assuring them that even though their sins may be as black as scarlet he will make them whiter than snow and even though they be as red as crimson he will make them as wool.
This kind of confidence when established on the worst sinner will make him have a rethink and resolve to forsake his sinful ways and become baptized in Christ.