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Evangelism

by on February 13, 2011

A simple definition:
“communicating the gospel with words to non-Christians”

J.I. Packer’s definition:
“to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit to sinful people in order that they may come to put their trust in God through Him, to receive Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His Church.”

We mentioned many fears regarding evangelism, but that the best way to overcome these fears is to have a biblical view of evangelism. God is sovereign in the salvation of sinners.

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. -Acts 18:9-11

And here are a few of the great resources on evangelism:

I’ll close with a sermon extract from the inimitable Charles Spurgeon:

“I count nothing to be worthy of your pastor’s life, and soul, and energy, but the winning of you to Christ.  Nothing but your salvation can ever make me feel that my heart’s desire is granted.  I ask every worker here to see to this, that he never turns aside from shooting at this target, and at the center of this target, too, namely that he may win souls for Christ, and see them born to God, and washed in the fountain filled with blood.

Let the workers’ hearts ache, and yearn, and their voices cry till their throats are hoarse; but let them judge that they have accomplished nothing whatever until, at least, in some cases, men are really saved.  As the fisherman longs to take the fish in his net, as the hunter pants to bear home his spoil, as the mother pines to clasp her lost child to her bosom, so do we faint for the salvation of souls; and we must have them, or we are ready to die.  Save them, O Lord, save them for Christ’s sake!”

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