Myths About Evangelism

Crossway recently published a piece by Kathleen Nielson on their blog entitled, “5 Myths About Evangelism.” I will give you the highlight reel below, but you can read the entire post here.

Myth 1: Evangelism is something I do myself.

“As a redeemed people, we bear witness to the good news that Jesus died on the cross, bore our sin, and rose from the grave, conquering death. Believing this good news makes us part of a body that lives and moves together toward seeing Jesus. We don’t do this evangelism thing alone.” 

Myth 2: We don’t have to speak the gospel—We just live it. Or at least we wait and earn the right to speak.

“As believers, we can run to God’s Word to address and even embrace this tension. And the Word will tell us that God’s good news is a message to be proclaimed and believed: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). We withhold the ultimate help if we withhold “the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).”

Should we wait to speak?

“But I’d rather do that building (a relationship) with someone who is hearing me talk about Jesus in the process—with sensitivity and restraint, yes, but with confidence that the gospel is the best, most urgent news in the universe. If we wait a long time to speak, it usually becomes harder, more awkward, and more like there’s an elephant in the room.”

Myth 3: Evangelism requires special training.

“Don’t get me wrong: training in evangelism is extremely valuable. We can sharpen our articulation of the gospel, better grasp the Bible’s call to share it, learn more effective ways to listen and ask questions of people, and so forth.

But we don’t need to wait until we’re some sort of trained experts. The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well called the people of her town to come and see the man she had just met (John 4:29). She was so overjoyed by having met Jesus and found the promised Messiah that her joy naturally overflowed.”

Myth 4: It’s better not to talk about hell.

“The Bible—from beginning to end—is agonizingly honest about the wrath of God toward sin. The irony is that only in understanding a holy God’s just wrath can we take in the cross, where Jesus suffered that wrath in our place, bearing our sin.”

Myth 5: I’ll get to it eventually.

“Think of it. The Lord God will call every single person who has ever lived, from all the corners of the globe and out of all the graves in the earth and seas, to stand before his throne. Do we believe this?”

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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