Seven Ingredients of Evangelism
Evangelism as handed over to us by our Lord Jesus Christ has seven essential ingredients without which evangelism is incomplete. To see clearly these ingredients of evangelism, the following scriptures will be our guide – Matthew 10:1-16, 28:19-29, Acts 1:4-8.
The first ingredient of evangelism involves going out into the world (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15). The word ‘go’ is an action word and it is a command. As we have said before it’s a command for every believers. The Lord Jesus expects everyone to evangelize according to his/her ability.
Preach the Gospel
The second ingredient of evangelism involves preaching the gospel (Matthew 10:7, Mark 16:15) to everyone. The Lord Jesus does not expect us to know the entire bible before preaching the gospel. All He is saying is that we should tell the world the basic truth about repentance and the kingdom of God (Matthew 10:7, Mark 6:12). We should encourage them to receive the message of salvation without which they cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Baptism is another essential ingredient of evangelism. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to baptise them that receive salvation (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16). He did not ask us to baptise a child who doesn’t know what it means to be saved. The only prerequisite to baptism is salvation (believe). Philip demonstrated that to us when he baptised the eunuch (Acts 8:36-38).
Heal the Sick
One essential ingredient that is missing in the process of evangelism today is signs and wonders. The Lord Jesus Christ expects us to meet the spiritual needs of our converts the same way he did it when he was on earth; heal the sick, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead etc (Matthew 10:8). We can’t do this on our own but the Holy Spirit can if allowed Him to work through us. The early disciples like Peter, Paul and Silas demonstrated that to us (Acts 3:1-8, 16:8, 19:11-12). Pastor E. A. Adeboye, Reinhard Bonke and a few others are still doing that till today
Teaching and Discipleship
Teaching converts and encouraging them to be disciples is the only way the church of God can grow. Jesus instructed his disciples to teach others what he has taught them (Matthew 28:20). Teaching is not only the work of teachers in the church or evangelists; it should be the work of every saved person.
Soul wining requires wisdom; divine and not secular wisdom. In Matthew 10:16 Jesus said “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” This is why we need to always pray before stepping out for evangelism. It is good to ask God to give unto us divine wisdom to win souls because we can’t do it alone. In John 15:4 Jesus said “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
The last but perhaps the most essential ingredient of evangelism is the Holy Spirit. Effective evangelism will be unachievable without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they are endue with the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8). We see the work of the Holy Spirit in the evangelistic ministry of Peter when he preached a simple message and about three thousand received salvation (Acts 2:41). Prior to the day of Pentecost Peter was a man who could not stand up for Jesus because of fear; in fact he denied Jesus three times during the latter’s trial. Whoever wants to see result when evangelising must pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is the most important ingredient of evangelism; He emboldens and empowers.