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Tell others about Christ – Part 2

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The Bible is full of compelling reasons why personal evangelism must take priority in your life and in the church.

Among those compelling priorities are: (i) Time is short and the end is near (John 9:4; 1 Corinthians 7:29,35; Romans 13:12; Matthew 24:33,34).

(ii) Souls are precious in the sight of God (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36,37; 10:31; 6:25,26; Psalm 49:6-9).

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(iii) Hell is the end of all who die in sin, having rejected or neglected God’s loving expression in sending Jesus to pay the ultimate penalty for sin for all mankind.

(Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Psalm 9:17; Revelation 20:10-15). (iv) Multitudes die every day.

(v) The Power of darkness and cults are growing everywhere (2 Timothy 3:13; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 3:3; 2 Corinthians 10:4,5).

(vi) Those who neglect personal evangelism will be deemed guilty before God. (Ezekiel 3:17-20; Matthew 24:14,15,19,24-30; Judges 5:23; 1 Kings 20:29-40; 1 Corinthians 9:16). (vii) Conversion of sinners rings great joy to heaven (Luke 15:10).

There is, therefore, the urgent need for commitment on the part of all believers to engage actively and fruitfully in the assignment of personal evangelism.

Despite the clarity of teachings on personal evangelism, there is still a great number of Christians, in churches, who are indifferent to the need of dying and doomed souls around them.

The reason for this is lack of love, compassion and zeal to carry out their Christ-assigned task.

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There is gross manifest indifference, materialism, bigotry, worldliness and disobedience. All these will result in lack of commitment on the part of those who should become personal evangelists.

The only way out of this present state is for all Christians to have Christ-like zeal, passion and love for the lost.

With Christ-like commitment to the ministry of personal evangelism, we shall be “melted and put into circulation” in order to save this sinning world.

How do we have this Christ-like commitment today? (i) Through fervent prayer (Matthew 9:37,38).

(ii) By reading the Bible, relevant books and materials on the wrath and mercy of God, and on evangelism, on regular basis (2 Corinthians 5:11).

(iii) By deliberately going to where the people are and sharing the good news of Christ’s sacrifice for them. (Matthew 9:35; 14:14; 15:32). (iv)

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Endeavouring to carry out the task of personal evangelism again and again. The more you do it, the more you become committed to the assignment (Luke 2:49).

(v) We must reject all attempts to engage in procrastination. The best time to tell others about Jesus is NOW.

Do not say ‘I will spend more time to prepare.’ START NOW (John 4:34,35). (vi) You must reject and resist anything and anyone that would want to hinder your commitment (Luke 2:49; 9:59-62).

(vii) You should discuss often and pray always, with other people of like vision, on the subject of personal evangelism, with respect to your field experiences (Luke 10:17-22).

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.


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