Evangelism – Introduction (Part 1)

Evangelism – Introduction (Part 1)

Everything we do stems from our deeply held beliefs. If we are going to be effective witnesses for the Lord we must closely examine what the Bible teaches about salvation and then allow these teachings to affect our evangelism.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.Ephesians 1:3-6

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.Ephesians 1:11-14

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.Revelation 5:9-10

God has decreed the salvation of the elect before the foundation of the world. We do not know who these people are, but they will certainly come to faith in Jesus Christ because He has decreed it to be so. The elect come from every tribe, language, ethnic group, and country. There is simply not a group of people under heaven that does not have some elect people within them.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.John 1:12-13

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.John 6:39-40

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.John 6:44-45

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.John 6:63-65

The elect will come to faith in Jesus Christ. They will be born again because it is God’s will. No man can be saved unless the Holy Spirit draws Him to salvation. The elect will be drawn to salvation, and they will respond in faith.

If we combine these two truths of election and calling we must conclude that there are elect people in every group under the sun that will definitely respond to salvation because the Holy Spirit will draw them to salvation.

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.Acts 1:4-5

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:8-17

Man must be drawn by the Holy Spirit to be saved. His salvation is seen in his faith in Jesus Christ and his outward confession of that faith. However, the Holy Spirit will only draw men to salvation through the preaching of the Gospel. It is hearing the Word of God that the Spirit uses to give faith to the elect.

In light of this we can conclude that we must seek to be filled with the Spirit and faithful to proclaim God’s Word if we want to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ and profess Him openly.

Conclusion

If we go in the power of the Holy Spirit to any group of people and faithfully proclaim God’s Word, people will believe in Jesus and profess Him openly.

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