PEOPLE IN EVANGELISM

HOW CAN CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN EVANGELISM? Bible Reading: Matthew 9:35-38 Key Bible Verse: He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.” (Matthew 9:37-38) CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE TO PASS ON THE GOSPEL. Jesus needs workers who know how to deal with people’s problems. We can comfort others and show them the way to live because we have been helped with our problems by God and his laborers (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). Jesus looked at the crowds following him and referred to them as a field ripe for harvest. Many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would show them how. Jesus commands us to pray that people will respond to this need for workers. Often, when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using us. Be prepared for God to use you to show another person the way to him.Bible Reading: Matthew 28:16-20Key Bible Verse: Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) JESUS COMMANDED HIS FOLLOWERS TO CARRY OUT EVANGELISM. God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptized, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commands us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the kingdom. EVANGELISM IS WORLDWIDE WORK.When someone is dying or leaving us, his or her last words are very important. Jesus left the disciples with these last words of instruction: they were under his authority; they were to make more disciples; they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ; Christ would be with them always. Whereas in previous missions Jesus had sent his disciples only to the Jews (Matthew 10:5-6); their mission from now on would be worldwide. Jesus is Lord of the earth, and he died for the sins of people from all nations. EVANGELISM IS FOR ALL CHRISTIANS.We are to go (whether it is next door or to another country) and make disciples. It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus “Lord.” We are not all evangelists in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill the Great Commission. As we obey, we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.