Lovingly Evangelize

So far, my most popular post has been Simply Evangelize. This is encouraging to me because it seems like Christians are genuinely interested in spreading the gospel. I hope the practical suggestions have been helpful.

The ideas in that post were from a variety of experienced evangelists. But, I thought it would be good to hear from Scripture…straight from Scripture…about evangelism. Below is a series of passages presented in paragraph form. I have done my best to do two things: to keep true to the context and original intent of each passage; and to clearly portray God’s ideas for evangelism. If we get all of the practicalities and methods right, but miss the intent behind Biblical evangelism, then we miss the point altogether. Spend some time with these Scriptures, and feel free to comment with your own ideas and passages.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” [John 14:6] And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. [John 1:16-17] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. [Ephesians 2:8] Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” [James 4:6]

So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. [Romans 14:16] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. [Ephesians 4:15] And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. [Jude 22-23] But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. [1Peter 3:15-16] The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. [1Timothy 1:5]

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. [Colossians 4:5-6] Whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. [James 5:20] Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. [1Corinthians 16:13-14] Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. [1Peter 4:8]

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