Tell others about Christ – Part 1
Men generally, delight in spreading good news to bring cheers and comfort to other people. The greatest good news for Christians to spread everywhere, is telling others about Jesus Christ, His love, His sacrifice and the salvation that He has brought for all mankind in all ages. The best way to transmit this good news is through personal evangelism.
This involves reaching out to non-believers, those hooked on one evil and sinful habit and lifestyle, or the other. This is done on a person-to-person basis, with the aim of bringing them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is God’s command for all Christians. Christ gave us the perfect example. The early church practised it and every believer today is ordained to be fruitful and replenish the kingdom of God through soul-winning (Matthew 4:17-19; 9:35-38; 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Acts 8:4,5,29,30,40; 13:4,6,7; 20:20,21; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Personal evangelism is not an exclusive responsibility of church leaders. According to Dr. A. T. Pierson, “witnessing was the whole work of the whole church for the whole age.” Unfortunately today, many Christians have neglected this assignment. Souls are wasting away into hell and the judgment of God is dangling upon us for failing to obey His command. (1 Corinthians 9:16; Ezekiel 3:17,18,20). We should see telling others about Christ as our call and privilege, and we should do it heartily through personal evangelism.
Personal evangelism is every believer’s ministry. Christ’s command is directed to all believers, irrespective of their status in the church (Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16; Luke 24:47,48; Psalm 68:11). As the blind cannot lead the blind, no one is qualified to win a soul without first being saved himself, and possessing salvation experience. Everyone that has experienced the saving knowledge of Christ is, therefore, called into the ministry of personal evangelism (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 1:40-46; Mark 1:41,44,45; 5:19,20; John 4:28-30).
What a great privilege we have as Christians to get involved in the assignment that concerns God most! (Luke 19:10; John 4:34,35; Luke 15:7). To be involved in personal evangelism is to be in partnership with the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. As you preach the gospel to convince sinners, the Holy Ghost convicts them; the Father converts them and Jesus comes into their hearts (2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Luke 10:17-19; Daniel 12:3; Ezekiel 3:18,20).
Further Reading (King James Version): Matthew 4:18,19,17; John 4:34,35; 9:4; Luke 19:10; Matthew 4:18,19; 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16; Luke 9:1,2; 10:1; 24:47,48; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ezekiel 3:17-21; 18:4; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15; John 4:34,35; Matthew 5:37,38; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Matthew 9:35-38; 14:14; John 4:33-35; 9:4,5; Acts 26:16-23.