Overcomplicating Evangelism

*In this article, Pastor Greg Laurie answers the who, where, why, and when of evangelism.

We overcomplicate this thing called evangelism.

I’ve read that 95% of Christians have never led another person to Christ. Let’s look at the basics: The Who, Where, Why, and When of Evangelism.

Who is called to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”?

Answer: We are!
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Matthew 28:19–20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These words are addressed to everyone (not just pastors, evangelists, and missionaries, but everyone). In the original language, they are a command. You are commanded by the Lord Himself to do this. No exceptions.

Where are we to preach the gospel?

Answer: Everywhere!

Mark’s Gospel has a variation on this Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). To personalize it, “Go into all of your world and preach the gospel.” Go into your family, your workplace, your campus, your sphere of influence.

Jesus did not say, “Go and be a good example” but “Go and preach the gospel.” Some say, “I don’t want to push anything on people!” Would it be “pushing” something if you had a cure for cancer?

Why are we to preach the gospel?

Answer: Because God’s primary way of reaching people is through people!

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). But there is another reason as well: because we care. We don’t want to see people go to hell!

When are we do to it?

Answer: All the time!
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We must always be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. You never know when the door of opportunity will open. “Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not” (2 Timothy 4:2). Another translations says, “Be on duty at all times.” And 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

What is your biggest hurdle to sharing the gospel?

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