Rooted in Christ: What is Evangelism? S1E5
When people hear the word evangelism, some think of street corner preaching or door to door witnessing. Others think it's enough to "preach the Gospel and, if necessary, use words." But Scripture is clear that we all, as believers, are the Sowers. The word of God is the seed, and all we are to do is throw it out there as the opportunities come along recognizing that only 3 out of 4 of the soils will bear fruit. It's our job to share but it's not our job to save.
In our final episode for our "Rooted in Christ" series, we answer the questions:
- What is evangelism?
- What does it mean?
- What role does evangelism have in the life of a Christian?
- Should evangelism be burdensome?
Our special guest for this episode is Dr. Glenn Jago. He is the pastor at Church of the Open Door in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Glenn is not only Ethan's Dad but is Deeply Rooted's Theology 101 writer and Biblical content reviewer!
“Evangelism comes from the Greek word that means good news: εὐαγγέλιον (transliterated as euangelion. Euon- being good. -gelion being proclaiming the news. The background of it is what a winning army would do when they are coming into a city and the king has won a decisive victory, and they come in proclaiming the good news that they are victors against the enemy that was threatening their life. The good news that we have is the enemy of sin and death has been conquered by Jesus Christ.”
“We are the heralds of good news.”
“I believe the best way to entertain evangelism is by asking them questions not going right to ‘Where will you spend eternity?’ . . . ask them questions about themselves but be intent on listening . . . and then began to ask more pertinent questions relating to their relationship with Christ.”
“What do you do with your guilt?” – R.C. Sproul
“I talked about a personal God who loved us enough, who willingly took on flesh, and walked among us, living a perfect life, fulfilling the law completely, and carrying that all the way to volunteering His own life to die in our place. . . . Jesus Christ took your hell for you, took your sin for you, and gives you something totally different in return and that’s a righteous standing before God and your sins forgiven.”
“Be sensitive to these [evangelism] opportunities.”
“It’s not our job to get a conversion on the spot.”
“We need to approach it [evangelism] with humility recognizing that it is the Holy Spirit doing the work. We’re just the mouthpiece, the vessel, the ones that are willing to be obedient. And that really takes the pressure off of us expecting a conversion.”
“As a global Church we know that we are not working on this alone.”
“We all, as believers, are the Sower. The word of God is the seed, and all we are to do is throw it out there as the opportunities come along and recognize that there are three soils that will produce no fruit. The fourth soil will produce fruit. That fruit that is produced is not based on your ability to sow the seed.”
“It’s a responsibility of Christians…it’s a duty, it’s a command, it’s not really optional. But what is so important to understand is that we are not the ones that are able to bend man’s will to Christ . . .”
“We are just along for the ride and opportunity we get is a gift from God to be able to share Christ.”
“Everyone has a different sphere of influence that they can affect.”
“This is a team effort. It’s not just solely the jobs of the pastors. Its’ not solely the women with platforms or authors or speakers—it’s everybody!”
- Matthew 28:19-20
- 1 Peter 3:15
- Matthew 13
- John 3:8
- 1 Corinthians 3:6-8
- John 16:7
- Numbers 22
- Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ by Dr. John MacArthur
- The Gospel According to God by Dr. John MacArthur
- What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
- Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers by John Frame
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