Biblical Evangelism

Here is an article excerpt by Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel ministry.

Many Christians have substituted God’s blueprint for evangelism with methods of their own in order to fabricate a greater number of decisions. Instead of following the biblical model for evangelism, demonstrated by the early disciples who were trained by the Lord Jesus, the modern church has invented its own traditions. Rather than calling sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, evangelicals are asking unbelievers to repeat a prayer, sign a card, raise their hand, come forward or “accept” (rather than trust) Jesus as their Savior. None of these modern traditions have any biblical foundation. Not only do they dishonor the Savior, but they often mislead souls into a false hope of salvation. No one has the right to lower God’s entrance requirements into His Kingdom. Unless we evangelize God’s way, we run the serious risk of deceiving people about their eternal destiny. True saving faith always involves repentance (Acts 20:21).

Biblical evangelism requires making disciples not decisions. This involves teaching people to observe all that Christ commanded (Mat. 28:18-20). His first command was to “Repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance is a change in mind that is granted by God and leads to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Tim. 2:25). It results in turning from idols to God, from dead works to faith, from sin to righteousness and from the traditions of men to Christ and His Word (Acts 26:20; 2 Cor. 12:21; Col. 2:8; 1 Thes. 1:9; Heb. 6:1). The importance of calling sinners to repentance is also confirmed in the last command Jesus gave: “Repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations” (Luke 24:47). Remember, Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). Those who respond to the Gospel with repentance and faith will depart from the kingdom of darkness and follow the Light of the world (John 8:12). They will gladly get off the broad road to destruction and enter the narrow way that leads to life everlasting (Mat.7:13-14).

Biblical evangelism also requires teaching people the attributes of God. The God who created us is also the One who will judge us. He is majestic in holiness (Exo.15:11). Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne and He will not let sin go unpunished (Psalm 97:2; Rom.6:23). He is sovereign, and everyone is accountable to Him (Dan. 4:35; Heb. 4:13). The Father demonstrates His love by sending His Son to die for His people (Rom. 5:8). God opposes the proud but extends His grace to the humble (Luke 18:14; Jas. 4:6). By His mercy He saves believers from the eternal lake of fire (Titus 3:5). Modern evangelism puts too much emphasis on God’s love and too little on His holiness and righteous justice. This is a stark contrast to first century evangelism where, in the Book of Acts, the word “love” is never even mentioned. Clearly, without a true and balanced knowledge of all God’s attributes, sinners will not know Whom they have offended. Nor will they know Who condemns them with eternal punishment or Whom they must call on to be saved. The world is perishing for a lack of the knowledge of God’s glorious attributes.

Article: Calling People to Repent and Believe the True Gospel, by Mike Gendron, Proclaiming the Gospel ministry newsletter, Oct-Dec. 2007.

4 thoughts on “Biblical Evangelism

  1. Greetings. Without a doubt, too many of us try to keep score instead of seeking authenticity when presenting the gospel. It’s something that i must work on more diligently. Thanks.

    have a blessed day in Christ.


  2. Hi timbob. Yes, let’s be authentic and real–and faithful–in sharing the true gospel (regardless of numbers, results, etc), while encouraging each other. Loretta

  3. Thank you for this insight from Mike Gendron that you have posted here on your blog. What a reminder it was to read that we are called to make disciples and not get caught up in the “high scores” of recorded decisions.

    I wish more pastors would follow the example of the first century church of evangelism and preaching to a lost and dying world, rather than presenting a “feel-good” sermon, which isn’t much of a sermon really.

  4. Hello Kurt, thanks for your comment.
    The truth in this article by Mike Gendron always bears repeating.

    Oh how I echo the sentiment in your second paragraph. We are visiting relatives in another state for Christmas. As a believer, I was longing to be with other Christians who wanted to worship the Lord and praise and give God glory for the incarnation. It was a “seeker” service at a huge mega. So the service was supposed to be ‘evangelistic’, right? Well, instead of sharing the gospel, the pastor talked about nothing (really) for over an hour and delivered his gospel message: “God wants to be with you”, and “Can you see it?” (See the gospel?, see Jesus? See the point of the Nativity story?) That was it. People were talking, joking, sleeping, passing stuff to each other, kids playing. (Sleeping!!) It made me sad. It was a waste of time for the believer because we did not worship Christ, and a waste of time for the lost person because they did not hear the gospel. This recent article applies:

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