Bible Basis of Praise

The Necessity of Evangelism

The Love of a Father

One of the most important biblical pillars, after the New Birth (Jn 3:5), is that of “Evangelism.” Jesus even reduced and summarized His entire purpose on the earth by saying, “the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luk 19:10). If Jesus’s entire purpose was to seek and save the lost, shouldn’t we similarly value the redemption of our neighbors? In-fact, the second greatest command is to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 22:39). What greater expression of love is there, than to invite those around us to become joint partakers in eternal salvation? I could write hundreds of pages on the subject of evangelism, but let’s consider instead several brief quotations and scriptures on the subject.

Scriptures on Evangelism

Matthew 4:19 – “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Luke 14:23 – “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Mark 16:15 – “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”

Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both inJerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

John 4:35-36 – “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal[…]”

Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them […]”

Acts 22:15 – “For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.”

Acts 5:42 – “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

Psalm 126:6– “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Ezekiel 3:18 – When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” (Also Ezek 3:20, 33:6, 33:8)

2 Corinthians 5:11 – Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men”

Soul-Winning Quotes

Have you no wish for others to be saved?  Then you are not saved yourself.  Be sure of that.” -Charles Spurgeon

“A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, then we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them.” –Richard Baxter

Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of ­eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.” -Hudson Taylor

I care not where I go or how I live or what I endure so that I may save souls. When I sleep I dream of them; when I awake they are first in my thoughts…no amount of scholastic attainment, or able and profound exposition, of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep, impassioned, sympathetic love for human souls.” -David Brainerd

Some men’s ambition is art, some men’s ambition is fame, some men’s ambition is gold. My ambition is the souls of men.” –William Booth

Send me to the nearest place to the bottomless pit.” –G. Smith

‘Not called,’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of Hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their fathers’ houses and bid their brothers and sister and servants and master not to come there. Then look Christ in the face – whose mercy you have professed to obey – and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.” –William Booth

If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent about the cure from the eternal wages of sin, which is death.” -Dave Davidson

If we do not catch men, we are in great danger of losing even the desire to catch them. Our purposed activity is in peril of becoming a dream.” -J.H. Jowett

To every lost soul, Christ says: ‘Come unto me.’ To every redeemed soul, Christ says: ‘Go for me.’ ” -Unknown

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” –H.Taylor

Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.” -Elton Trueblood

We are praying for sinners to come to God; God is pleading with saints to go for sinners.” –Unknown

There is no greater honor than to be the instrument in God’s hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of heaven.” -Dwight L. Moody

I have disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give to them, and that is the Christian religion. If they had that, and I had not given them one cent, they would be rich. If they have not that, and I had given them the world, they would be poor.” –Patrick Henry

…the chief duty of every father is to bring his children to God.” –Rufus C. Burleson

This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!” -Keith Green

Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” -C.T. Studd

Answering a student’s question, ‘Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?’ thus, It is more a question with me whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved.” –Charles Spurgeon

Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.” -Elton Trueblood

You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most. It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.” –John Wesley

Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?” –Leonard Ravenhill

If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.  And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.  If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” -Charles Spurgeon

If we claim to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are not actively engaged in sharing the gospel with those with whom we come in contact, we are sinning against Him and are without excuse.” -Tony Miano

It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available.  We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it.” -Dr. Vance Havner

How shall I feel at the judgment, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride.” -Dr. W. E. Sangster

Oh my friends, we are loaded with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected.” -Oswald J. Smith

If you are not concerned about your neighbor’s salvation, then I am concerned for yours.” -Ray Comfort

Evangelism is the cure to the disease of church boredom.” -Todd P. McCollum

How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”  -Penn Jillette (Atheist comedian/magician/filmmaker)

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” -C. S. Lewis

If your Gospel isn’t touching others, it hasn’t touched you!” -Curry R. Blake

As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.” -J. L. Ewen

“Sympathy is no substitute for action.” -David Livingstone

Other References

Witnessing & Outreach – Isa 60:5, Eccl 11:6, Jdg 18:9, Prov 11:30, 13:4, 20:4, 21:25, Psa 2:8, 96:3, 126:6, Ezk 33:1-9, Mat 4:19, 5:14-15, 9:37, 10:5-42, 21:28-30, 25:24-30,40-46, 28:19, Mk 12:28-31, 16:15, Lk 9:2,60, 10:1-3, 14:16-24, 15:4-10, 24:47-48, Jn 1:7,41-42,45, 4:35-36, 9:4, Acts 1:8, 2:14-39, 4:13,29,31, 5:19-20,40-42, 8:4-5,12,29-40, 9:22,27, 10:42, 11:20-26, 13:43, 14:3, 16:23-33, 17:13,17, 18:4,13, 19:1-2,8,26, 20:7, 22:15, 26:28, 28:23,31, Rom 10:1,14-17, 11:14, Gal 6:9, Heb 6:10-12, 1Cor 3:6-9, 9:16-27, 2Cor 5:9-11, Jud 22-23, Jas 5:20, 2Tim 2:25, 4:2-5

Food For Thought

Jesus said “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:19), if you aren’t fishing for men, who are you following? According to Prov 11:30 “He that win[s] souls is wise,” so what is he that doesn’t? When Jesus said “Go,” in Matt 8:32, the demons submitted & moved into pigs. Yet many, after Jesus has said to “Go” in evangelism (Mat 28:19), won’t move to win souls. Are we less submitted than the demons?

Evangelism is not the calling of a few hyperactive Christians, rather it is a calling to activity for all Christians. While the Spirit offers many benefits (Fruit-Gal 5:22-23, Gifts-1Cor 12:9-10, etc), the intended purpose of the indwelling Holy Spirit is to give you the power to witness (Acts 1:8). Are you using that power or denying it (2 Ti 3:5)? Have you received the Spirit but neglected its evangelistic purpose on a daily basis? When is the last time you personally won a soul, went on outreach, taught a bible study? Do you excuse away evangelism by age, position, business, personality, or involvement in other ministries? From the licensed minister to the busy school age youth, to the meek career driven saint, to the elderly – we all are personally charged to reach the lost.

There’s at least one way the Bible that shows, that we can directly cause God to have “joy.” Consider the following: Luke 15:10 – “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Many have interpreted this to mean that “the angels” rejoice over a sinner on the road to conversion. However, look again, the text says there is joy “in the presence of the angels.” Who is in the presence of the angels? God is! It gives God joy when one of his children are reached with the Gospel and are on the road to salvation (Acts 2:38)!

God answers many prayer requests for us but He has one that we can answer! The only prayer request of God is recorded in Mat 9:37-38, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Thus, we can answer the only prayer request, and perhaps the only “need” of Jesus, by becoming laborers with God (1Cor 3:9) in the harvest of souls.

Many have said, to be “Christian” is to be “Christ-like.” Is there anything more “Christ-like” than to “seek and save the lost” (Luk 19:10)? God has already commanded us to “Go” (Luk 14:23). Lets be doers of the word (James 1:22), exhibit our love for Him (John 14:15), give Him joy (Luk 15:10), and align ourselves with the purpose of Christ (Luk 19:10) by reaching a lost world. What are you waiting for? If not now, when? If not you, who? Go, preach to, teach to, invite, compel, persuade, and win souls!

 

Several quotes reproduced from the amazing “Understanding Soul Winning” book, by Bro. Tim Downs. It is available for purchase in book form HERE or electronic form HERE

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