The Difference Between:
GIFT OF EVANGELISM
By Dale P.
the Gospel Is So Important
What is the Difference between
Evangelism, the Gift of Evangelism, and an Evangelist?
is not a spiritual gift, but the
loving responsibility of all Bornagain
Christians. Evangelism is explaining to a person
what it means to be a Christian and how to become
one. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,
"For I delivered to you as of
first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according
to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third
day according to the Scriptures."
Jesus said in Matthew
"And Jesus came up and spoke to
them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. GO
THEREFORE and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’"
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:1-2,
"And working together with Him, we also urge you not to
receive the grace of God in vain—for He says, ‘At the acceptable time I listened
to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you’; behold, NOW is ‘the
acceptable time,’ behold, NOW is ‘The day of salvation.’"
GIFT OF EVANGELISM Is not preaching the Gospel, it is
Training, and Equipping
Christians to do the work of Evangelism. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11-12,
"And He gave some as evangelists. .
. for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of
the body of Christ"
Dale P. Kruse,
have the Gift of Evangelism of which this website is an expression of. Paul in
the Book of Ephesians Chapter 6 tells us to put on the full armor of God.
He commands as part of the armor in Ephesians 6:15 to
"Shod your feet with the
of the Gospel of peace." Submitting yourself
to an Evangelism Training Program
is receiving and experiencing the Gift of Evangelism, preparing to share the
Gospel, and thus obeying God's command to you in His Word to put on the full
armor of God. We are all soldiers in the army of Jesus Christ called to
battle to win men and women to saving Faith in Jesus Christ. However, your
armor is not complete nor are you fully prepared for battle without first
receiving Training in Evangelism.
EVANGELIST Is a Christian God has called to full time
Evangelism work with the primary job of reaping the fruit of the labor of
Bornagain Christians doing Evangelism work with their free time. Jesus
said in John 4:35-37:
"Do you not say, ‘There are yet
four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to You, lift up your
eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who
reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who
sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true,
‘One sows, and another reaps.’"
If You are not called to
be a full time Evangelist, you are called to use your free time to do Evangelistic
work. You are called to sow the Word of God in men's hearts to prepare
them for the coming of the Evangelist. In John 4:35-37 Jesus is telling us
that we do not need to wait until we see ripe fruit on the trees before we do
Evangelism. This is because
THE TIME IS
FOR EVANGELISM . This is because before there can be a harvest we
first need to plant the seed, water, fertilize and weed the ground. If we don’t
go out weekly and do the work of Evangelism, there won’t be a harvest when the
reapers, the full time Evangelists, come. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 11:4
watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap."
This is why
THE TIME FOR EVANGELISM IS
What is more important? The reapers, Evangelists, who come at the end of
the season to reap the harvest? Or you the Farmer, the Christian worker,
who sows the seed, waters, fertilizes and weeds and prepares the crop for
harvest? It is the Farmer who gets the blue ribbon at the fair, not the
If Jesus has not called you to
full time Evangelism work, He has called you to use your free time to do the
work of Evangelism. He has called you to sow, water, fertilize and weed.
He has called you to share His love and forgiveness with men and women with your
free time. To do this, first, you need to submit Yourself to the Gift of
Evangelism which is receiving
Training in Evangelism which is what this website is all about.
the Gospel Is So Important
Why is YOUR involvement in sharing
the Gospel so important? The Bible teaches us that unsaved man cannot come
to a knowledge and understanding of the Gospel through his reason:
"For since in the wisdom of God
the world through its
wisdom did not come to know God, God was
well pleased through the foolishness of the message
preached to save those who believe." (1 Corinthians 1:21)
Man cannot come to a knowledge
of the truth through his own reason. This is why Paul wrote in Romans
"For I am not ashamed of the
gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to
the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the
righteousness of God is revealed from faith
to faith as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by
When a person reads the Bible
all he or she sees is God's condemnation and judgment. That is because it
takes the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to see God's love and forgiveness in
the message of the Bible. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14-15.
"But a man who is
motivated-and-controlled-through-his-soul does not accept the things of the
Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them,
because they are discerned through the spirit. But he who is
motivated-and-controlled-through-his-spirit discerns all things, yet he himself
is discerned by no man."
Only a Christian has the Holy
Spirit and can communicate to a non-believer the message of Jesus' love and
forgiveness found in the Bible. This is what Paul means by
"Faith to Faith". It is our Holy
Spirit living faith which gives unsaved man the courage to have
SAVING FAITH in Jesus Christ:
"From faith to faith."
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