Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 which reads: “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.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Leith Anderson: “The simple definition of evangelism: Those who know, telling those who don’t.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 6 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is telling good news.
The story of the Samaritan lepers in 2 Kings 7 has everything to do with evangelism. It is a story about the moral obligation to share good news. As the lepers said when they found the riches, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news, and we are keeping it to ourselves.” A literal translation of the word “gospel” is “good message” or “good news.”
In some spheres the word evangelism has obtained a negative connotation, but nothing could be further from the truth. The word evangelism literally means “to communicate good news.”
Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and open the way for us to get to God is good news. In fact, it’s the best news. But having such information does others no good unless, or until, we share it. We have to proclaim the good news.
D. T. Niles’ quote: “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread,” is my favorite description of evangelism. Evangelism is a positive opportunity to help someone else. It is not talking down to someone as if you were better; you aren’t better. It’s not looking down a self-righteous nose and saying, “Sinner repent!” It’s realizing that spiritually we are all beggars in need of living bread. We have found that Jesus is the living bread. Evangelism is telling someone how to meet the living bread, the Lord Jesus Christ. John 6:50-51 says: “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
The Bible is clear. We must be aware of the spiritual hunger of the unbelievers. We should care that they will spiritually starve to death without the living bread, Jesus. We need to share the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins. We cannot keep it to ourselves. We are obligated to share the good news so spiritual beggars can find living bread.