Sermons on Evangelism
Many think of evangelism is primarily the act of sharing the gospel in a private conversation. This is evangelism, but the Bible envisions more than this. Evangelism is something that the church does as a whole with the members of the church working together in the work of the ministry, using their gifts in a variety of contexts.
We recognize that in evangelism only God can change the heart. If only God can change the heart, then prayer becomes essential for evangelism. We are not seeking merely to put the Word of God before people but also to see their lives transformed by this Word. This, however, is not something we have the strength to effect. Therefore, we must plead with God to bless our evangelism and to change the hearts of sinners sovereignly.
Many things are needed for evangelism, but one that we see in the Scriptures is boldness. We must recognize that we are in a war. Courage and strength is needed. It is not needed destroy the enemy through force of arms but to stand for the truth and lovingly to call people to Christ.
Why should you be committed to evangelism? The primary motivation is the glory of God, but the second greatest motivation is the salvation of man. There is a real judgment that is coming. Eternal life is truly offered in the gospel. Loving others entails necessarily not wanting them to come into judgment but rather entering into eternal life.
What is the primary motivation for evangelism? The glory of God. The reason every Christian ought to be committed to evangelism is because God is not worshiped as he ought to be. If you love God, then this means you must be committed to worshiping him. If you are committed to worshiping him, then you ought also to strive to see him worshiped by others.
In Matthew 10:24-33 Christ continues to warn the disciples of coming persecution. One of the great challenges in persecution is fear. How can a Christian face persecution without fear? Christ tells the disciples not to fear men, rather fear God. His judgments are worse than anything man can do. He is sovereign. And he cares for you.
In Matthew 10:16-23 Christ tells the disciples that they will be persecuted as they bring the message of the gospel to the Jews. As it was then, so it is now. The church has been given the task of making known the gospel to the ends of the earth, but it will not come without persecution. Christians must be willing to suffer as they hold out the word of life to a lost world.
In Matthew 10:1-15 Christ calls the twelve and gives them instructions for the preaching of the gospel to the Jews. At this point, the message of the gospel is to go to the Jews only because they were the people of God. This mission given while Christ was on earth parallels the mission given to the church after his resurrection, which is expanded beyond the Jews to the whole earth. What should the church preach? Is the message urgent? Christ…
In Matthew 9:32-34 Christ gives speech to a mute demoniac. This again shows Christ’s authority over all of creation as the eternal Son of God. Matthew here, however, begins to highlight a new theme that will be developed in the coming chapters: how people respond to Christ. That Christ has done something amazing and is doing amazing things today cannot be denied. The question is: do these things cause you to worship him or to declare him to be evil?
Song of Songs 5:8-6:3
In Song of Songs 5:8-6:3 the Shulamite calls upon the daughters of Jerusalem to help her look for her beloved, but there is a problem: her apathy towards him has caused them to think he is nothing special. In this passage the Shulamite praises her beloved to others causing them to want to seek this beloved as well. As the Shulamite’s praise of her beloved causes others to seek him, so our praise of God to others causes others to…