Sharing Jesus Where God Has Put You
(Biblical Foundations of Evangelism)
Things you might have heard about evangelism that aren’
t in the Bible
You need special training or skills to share the Gospel.
Nowhere does the Scripture suggest that some Christians are better equipped to share the Gospel than others. Graduate
degrees in theology are great, and it’s important for pastors to have extensive training in the Scriptures, but you already
know everything you need to share the Gospel.
Jesus says to the Gerasene demoniac, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, a
how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).
People are dying and going to hell every second, and it’
s your fault.
John 3:18 reads, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already,because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
In short, if a person goes to hell, it’s
actually their fault. It is their unbelief which condemns them.
In addition, the Formula of Concord states, “The reason some are not saved is as follows: They do not listen to God’s Word
at all, but willfully despise it, plug their ears, and harden their hearts. In this way they block the ordinary way [Luke 16:29
–31] for the Holy Spirit so He cannot perform His work in them. Or, when they have heard God’s Word, they make light of itagain and ignore it. But their wickedness is responsible for this ‹that they perish›, not God or His e
lection (2 Peter 2:1
52; Hebrews 12:25
The error of statement #2 is that it places salvation in our hands instead of Christ’
s. We have the promise in Scripture thatGod will lose none of those whom He has elected to salvation.
u can refute all of a person’s arguments against the faith, they will automatically become a Christian
In the Small Catechism, we confess, “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord,
or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in thetrue faith.
Though reason is certainly a good gift of God, it is not by reason that a person comes to faith in Christ. This is significantboth for the person who is speaking the Gospel and for the person who is hearing it. The person who is speaking theGospel is not able to create faith through the strength of his arguments, and the ability of a person to understand the
arguments won’t create faith eit
her. The Holy Spirit creates faith, and He always does it through the Word of the Gospelalone.
Evangelism is the pastor’s job.
You’re probably looking at this one and thinking, “Wait! How can that be wrong! Isn’t this what pastors do all the time?”In a sense, yes… it is. What is problematic about this statement is that it assigns to the pastor in particular something th
atactually belongs to all Christians.As we look further at Mark 5-6 and 1 Peter 2, we will see that God places each of us in our vocations so that we canproclaim the
Gospel to those whom He has put into our lives. To the demoniac Jesus says, “Go home to your friends and
FC Ep XI:12.
Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions
. 2005 (P. T. McCain, Ed.) (499). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.