February 1, 2002, Vol.2,
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THIS ISSUE: "True
Bible Evangelism - part 1" (see below)
and "True Bible Evangelism
- part 2"
True Bible Evangelism
by Tom Rainwater
start with the basics and ask the simple question, "What
is evangelism according to the Bible?"
The Word "Evangelize"
in the New Testament
The word "evangelize" comes from the Greek noun,
"euaggelion," which means literally, "glad
tidings," or "good news." It is the
word "gospel" in the New Testament. The Greek verb
"euaggelizo," means "to announce good news,"
or "to preach the gospel." Notice how the Greek
words are translated in these verses (in boldface)
from the book of Luke:
Another Greek Word Describing
the Same Work
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be
to all people." Luke 2:10.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath
sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised.." Luke 4:18.
"And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom
of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent."
"And it came to pass afterward, that He went throughout
every city and village, preaching and showing the glad
tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with Him.."
"And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching
the gospel, and healing every where." Luke
The word "preach" is sometimes translated from the
Greek verb "kerusso," which means "to be a
herald, to proclaim." When the proclamation is about
Jesus Christ, the action is likewise that of evangelism. Note
the translation of this Greek word (in boldface)
in the following verses:
Evangelism Involves Preaching
the Sonship of Jesus
"And He ordained twelve, that they should be with
him, and that he might send them forth to preach..."
"Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall
be preached throughout the whole world, this also that
she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her."
"And He said unto them, 'Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.'" Mark
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out
of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and
doctrine." 2 Timothy 4:2.
For three years, Jesus preached the glad tidings of His coming
kingdom to the people in Palestine. Before He ascended into Heaven,
Jesus commanded His Apostles to continue His work of evangelism
beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:46-49; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark
16:15-16; Acts 1:8). The new message of salvation was that Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, had died for our sins and was raised
from the dead to rule over his spiritual kingdom at the right
hand of God's throne (Acts 2:22-36; 3:13-26; 4:10-12; Colossians
1:13-14). This, indeed, was great news to those lost in sin.
Jesus' disciples were determined to share that message of hope
"And daily in the temple, and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."
"Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every
where preaching the word." Acts 8:4.
"But when they believed Philip preaching the
things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ,
they were baptized, both men and women." Acts
"And they, when they had testified and preached
the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached
the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans."
"But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through
he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea."
"The word which God sent unto the children of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:).."
"And we declare unto you glad tidings, how
that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled
the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus
again.." Acts 13:32.
"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews
a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them
which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God,
and the wisdom of God." 1 Corinthians 1:23,24.
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep
in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed
in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the
third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of
Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above
five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain
unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he
was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all
he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time."
1 Corinthians 15:1-8.
"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints,
is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles
the unsearchable riches of Christ." Ephesians
"...there came many to him into his lodging; to whom
he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them
concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the
prophets, from morning till evening." Acts 28:23.
The good news about Jesus Christ must be a part of our preaching
today. It was the very heart and core of what the disciples taught.
The gospel message included evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is
the Christ, the Son of the Living God. But that was not all.
In the second part of our article,
we will see more of what must be included in gospel preaching
for it to be considered true evangelism according to the Bible.
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