EVANGELISM: SHARING THE GOOD NEWS.
Evangelism means sharing the good news that Jesus Christ sacrificed himself so that we could be reconciled to the Father forever.
Why is it important to share our faith?
Because God loves people:
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV ’84)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV ‘11)
But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12, 13 (NASB)
Because God commands us to reach out.
“Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14:23 (GNTD)
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19, 20 (NIV ’84)
Because growth is God’s will.
Under Christ’s control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow. Colossians 2:19 (GNTD)
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18 (NIV ’11)