16 “18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20, ESV
We often fail to notice the different evangelistic strategies we read about in the Bible. However, if we wish to serve the Lord, we would do well to review a few of them.
In Genesis 39:8-9, Joseph explained refused to “sleep” with Potiphera’s wife because he did not want to sin against God. The simplest way to evangelize someone is to simply explain why we do or not do certain things. Although we do not see Joseph fully present the message to Potiphera in this passage, when we explain to someone why as followers of Jesus Christ we do certain things or not, we have a great opportunity to intorduce them to God’s message of salvation.
In Matthew 4:17, we read that the Lord began to preach that people should repent. Preaching is by far the most widely used biblical method to deliver God’s word to people. It was used by Jesus, it was used by the prophets, and it was also used by the apostles. The Greek word κηρύσσω is translated to preach and also means to proclaim. A person who preaches addresses several poeple in a public by proclaiming God’s message with a loud voice.
In Luke 13:10, we see that the Lord Jesus often taught in the synagogues. Teaching in a religious gathering place where poeple expect you to share God’s message is another way to share the gospel. The speaker uses the Bible and explanatnions to help people learn and understand God’s message to them. It is important to know, however, that people who teach can also teach outside of religious gathering places—just be creative. Paul, for example, both preached and tuaght to people who came to visit him at “home” (Acts 28:30-31).
In Acts 17:19-31, we see the Apostle Paul use apologetics. Apologetics are similar to teaching, but they do not usually base themselves on the sacre scriptures, but on reason. One presents rational arguments to persuade others to believe God’s message.
Another way to share God’s message with people is to answer their questinons about the faith. In 1 Peter 3:15 believers are instructed to be prepared to answer those who have questions about the faith. In Acts 16:30-31, the apostles led a person to Christ by answering that person’s specific question about the faith.
Finally, in John 4:9, 17-18, we see the Lord implement another strategy. In this passage, the Lord made use of everyday and personal conversations to share God’s message with the woman. So, we see that Jesus asked for a glass of water—he used that to talk to her about God’s message. We also see that the woman had questions about the culture (interactions between Jews and Samaritans), so the Lord used that to talk to her about God’s message. We also see that the woman had personal problems in her life (she was living with a man who was not her husband), so the Lord used that share God’s message with the woman.
Do you want to serve the Lord by sharing God’s message with others? If so, think carefully about the strategies above, try them, and ask the Lord to show you what works best for you. Try combining different methods, and try using different methods through different means—voice recordings, video recordings, blogs, websites, personal letters, at home, in church, or even in a park.
Mauy God bless you, and may you reach those in your life and many others with His message.
Pastor Marcelo’s Articles
A New Bible Reading Plan
On The Parables of Jesus
- Parables of Jesus: The Sower and The Seed (Mark 4:2-9)
- Parables of Jesus: The Kingdom, the House, and The Strong Man (Mark 3:23-27)
- Parables of Jesus: The Patch and The Wineskins (Mark 8:21-22)
- Parables of Jesus: The Bridegroom’s Guests and The Bridegroom (Mark 2:19-20)
On The Book of Revelation
- The Abomination of Desolation, a Past or a Future Event?
- Will There Be a Rapture before The Tribulation?
- Who Restrains The Man of Sin? Analysis of 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
- Revelation 1:1-8, The Visible Second Coming of Jesus
- Revelation 2:1-7, Letter to The Church in Ephesus
- Revelation 2:8-11, Letter to The Church in Smyrna
- Revelation 2:12-17, Letter to The Church in Pergamos
- Revelation 2:18-29, Letter to The Church in Thyatira
- Revelation 3:1-6, Letter to The Church in Sardis
- Revelation 3:7-13, Letter to The Church in Philadelphia
- Revelation 3:14-22, Letter to The Church in Laodicea
- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Revelation 6:12-17, The Cataclysm
- Revelation 7:9-17, The Multitude in White Robes
- Analysis of Revelation 8:1-13: The Seventh Seal & the Censer
- The Sixth Trumpet: Four Angels Loosed (Revelation 9:13-21)
- John Measures the Temple (Revelation 11:1-2)
- Revelation 12:1-6 — The Woman, the Dragon, and the Child
- Revelation 12:7-17, Satan Thrown Down to Earth
- Analysis of Revelation 13: The Beasts From the Sea and Earth
- Who Are The Seven Kings in Revelation 17?
- Revelation: Beasts, Heads, and Horns
On The Holy Spirit
- Six Bible Studies on The Holy Spirit
- To Whom Was God Talking in Genesis 1:26?
- The Baptism of The Spirit
- The Spirit Gives Us Life
- Walking in The Spirit
- Led by The Spirit: How The Spirit Leads Us
- Led by The Spirit: How You Can Know Whether The Spirit Is Leading You
- Analysis of The Gift of Tongues
- Why Ephesians 1:4-5 Does Not Teach Calvinism
- Responding to Calvinism: Dead People Can’t Make Choices (Ephesians 2:1)
- Should We Love The World? A Christian Devotional
- Calvinism, Arminianism, or Molinism? Balancing God’s Sovereignty and Humanity’s Free Will
- Does 1 Peter 1:1-5 Support Calvinism?
- Romans 9 Does Not Teach Calvinism
On Angels, Demons, and Satan
- Five Studies on Angels
- Five Studies on Satan and Demons (Part 1)
- Five More Studies on Satan and Demons (Part 2)
- Surviving Death — A Christian View of That Show on Netflix
On God and Jesus
- The Trinity: Is Jesus God?
- Six Devotions on The Attributes of God
- Five Devotionals on The Character of God
- Nine Devotionals On The Identity of Jesus
- Is Jesus G-d? Removing Obstacles
- The One True God, Jesus, and Eternal Life — A Devotional on John 17:3
- Read through The Bible, Genesis 1:1-19
- Read through The Bible, Genesis 1:20 – 2:3
- Read Through the Bible, Genesis 2:4-14
- The Universe, Young or Old: My Comments on Debates Between Creationists
- The Tree of Knowledge and the Forbidden Fruit
- The Lying Serpent in Genesis: What Does It Represent?
- Cain’s Jealousy
On Church Matters
- What Is the Church?
- Preventing Misconduct, Harassment, and Abuse in Churches
- Confronting a Christian Leader (1)
- Confronting a Christian Leader (2)
- Confronting a Christian Leader (3): The Role of the Pastor
On Relationships and Marriage
- Before Jumping into A Relationship, What Do You Believe?
- Before Jumping into a Relationship, Think about Your Partner’s Drinking Habits
- Think About How He Treats You Before Committing to a Relationship (Christian Perspective)
- Before Jumping into a Relationship, Consider Your Partner’s Previous Sex Life
- Divorce and Remarriage in The Bible
- God’s Plan of Unity in Marriage
On Women and The Bible
- Jephtha’s Sacrifice
- Women and Adam’s Rib—An Exposition of Genesis 2:21-25
- Women and Church Leadership (1 Timothy 2:8-5)
- How Women Are Saved—Exploring 1 Timothy 2:15