Do you believe that? Sadly, many don't. But you may be saying something like, “Well sure evangelism is easy for you. You have the, “gift of evangelism.” Well, that’s just not true. You see, I don’t have the gift of evangelism. In fact, the Bible doesn’t say there is one.
Now, I am an Evangelist and hold the office of Evangelist. Like Apostles and Prophets of old and Pastor/Teachers of today the Evangelist is a gift to the Church. Both Pastors and Evangelists are called on in Ephesians four to “equip the saints for the work of ministry”. Pastors and Evangelists have various gifts but none of them are defined biblically as “Evangelism”.
If you’d like to see another short article denying that there is a gift of “Evangelism”, here’s a well written one by Ed Stetzer: https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/174968-theres-no-such-thing-as-the-gift-of-evangelism.html
But how can I say there is “ease” to evangelism? Especially when so many struggle to do it. The ease comes in the actual evangelism. To evangelize all one needs to do is proclaim the good news, the gospel, the ”evangel”. If you’re saved you know it. You can present saving law and gospel truth in less than a minute.
All you need to do is say something like: “Friend, we’ve all lied, stolen, hated, disobeyed our parents, lusted, and did all kinds of other sins. We’ve sinned a lot and earned God’s just wrath in hell forever. But the good news is that God the Father sent Jesus, God the Son, to be born of a virgin by God the Holy Spirit, to live the perfect life we can’t. Jesus then willingly gave His life as a ransom for many on The Cross of Calvary some two thousand years ago. He then rose from the grave never to die again. One day all those who humble themselves, repent, and trust in His finished work on that cross will be resurrected to everlasting life to live and reign with Him forever in heaven. All who don’t will suffer the wrath of God in hell forever for their unforgiven sin. Turn to Christ today and be saved friend! God bless you if you do!”
Simple right? Right. But saying the “evangel” part isn’t really the hard part. The hard part is likely breaking through the fear of trying to engage someone about the most controversial and personal subject in the world. Namely a person’s place with God and thus their eternity either in heaven or hell. There are serious reasons for that.
That’s why next week we’ll look at, “The Difficulty of Evangelism.”