Evangelism is Not a Spiritual Gift (The Soul-Winning Motivator #14)

Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 which reads: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”

Our soul winning quote today is from C. S. Lewis. He said, “The glory of God, and, as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of souls, is the real business of life.”

Our soul winning devotional today is part 2 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is Not” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is not just passing on information. There are hundreds of ways to effectively share Christ with an unbeliever. However, in doing so, one must remember that evangelism is not just sharing the right biblical information. As I always tell my classes, “You cannot divorce Jesus’ message from the life He lived.” This simply means that Jesus not only shared the truth in word; He also embodied that same truth through a consistent lifestyle. While it is very important to share the correct biblical knowledge related to salvation, always remember that the knowledge you share is validated to the world through a consistent testimony of a changed life.

Evangelism is not a spiritual gift. Contrary to what many people believe in the church, evangelism is not listed as a spiritual gift in Scripture. While some people may have talents that aid in becoming more natural at evangelism, the call to evangelize is meant for the entire church. It is not reserved for a selected few soldiers.

The word for evangelism literally means “good news” or the “message.” The problem is that most people define evangelism as merely sharing the good news (a verb), when actually evangelism is the good news (a noun). Our problem with evangelism is that we define it by the action, not the nature or essence of the action. At the core, evangelism is the “good news” of Christ and therefore must be embraced as a lifestyle by every Christ follower.

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