foundation truth

lesson 14 - evangelism: part 2

The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of light, as opposed to the darkness of Satan’s kingdom. God is Light (I John 1:5), and so is His Kingdom. The very nature of light is that it is outgoing. Light is diffusive, penetrating, searching; Light spreads itself over space and fills all things. God’s Kingdom is also like this. It is the very nature of God and
His Kingdom to spread and expose all areas of darkness.

Since this is the case, it is not strange that the Church of Jesus Christ would be involved in evangelism. The Greek word from which we get our English word “evangelism” simply means “to tell” or “to announce good news.” The only “good news” in this world of darkness is the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As members of the Body of Christ, we are responsible to share the “good news” with those who do not know Jesus.

WHY IS THE GOOD NEWS NECESSARY?

  • The first man Adam, who was created in the image of God, fell into sin and out of fellowship with God. (Genesis 3) He marred the image of God in which he had been created.
  • Because we are all offspring of Adam and were made in the image of our father Adam (Genesis 5:3), every man born into the world is born in sin and “brought forth in iniquity.” Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9-12, 5-12
    • All are children of wrath – Ephesians 2:3
    • All are under condemnation – Romans 3:19
    • All have a rendezvous with death – Hebrews 9:27; Romans 5:12
    • All are dead in trespasses and sins – Ephesians 2:1
    • All are alienated from the life of God – Ephesians 4:18
    • All are hostile to the law of God – Romans 8:7
  • Man has been separated from God for so long that he has become used to the unnatural and actually loves darkness rather than light. John 3:19

WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS?

  • God took the initiative in bringing man back into fellowship with Himself by sending Jesus Christ to be the head of a new spiritual race of people. Galatians 3:26-29
    • Christ was the image of God – Hebrews 1:3
    • Christ did not fall into sin as Adam did – Hebrews 4:15
    • Christ received the full penalty of our sin on Himself, though He was undeserving – Romans 5:8
  • All who receive Christ as their Savior – accept the finished work of Calvary as the only way to salvation, repent of their sins, and acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ– receive the new birth experience and are born into Christ. John 3:1-5; Acts 2:38-39; John 14:6
    • In Christ, we are made righteous – Romans 4:5, 22-25
    • In Christ, we have no condemnation – Romans 8:1-2
    • In Christ, we are conformed to the image of God – Romans 8:28-30
    • In Christ, we have peace with God – Romans 5:1
    • In Christ, we have access to the Father – Romans 5:2
  • Man is ultimately restored to a place of full fellowship with the Father and shares in the riches of His glory. Ephesians 1:18; Colossians 1:27; Romans 9:23
  • God has provided one way of salvation for all men, whether Jew or Gentile – Romans 3:11, 5:21

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO TELL THE GOOD NEWS?

  • God’s way of salvation is not discovered by man; it comes to him by revelation and must be preached to him from the revealed Word of God. Romans 10:17-18, 16:25-26
  • The Gospel message has been entrusted to the Church. Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 3:9-11
  • All believers are responsible to respond to the command of Jesus. Mark 16:15, 20; Acts 1:8

WHY IS IT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TELL THE GOOD NEWS?

  • The primary ministry of Jesus was to evangelize – Luke 4:18, 43; Matthew 11:5; Luke 8:1
  • The ministry of those whom Jesus sent was evangelism – Luke 9:6
  • Paul and Peter were ready to preach the Gospel everywhere – Romans 1:15; I Peter 3:15
  •  The early church recognized its responsibility to evangelize Acts 5:42, 8:4, 12, 25, 35, 40, 13:1-5, 32, 14:7, 21, 16:10.
  • The Good News must be shared, for this is the only way that it is spread – Romans 10:12-18
  • It is necessary that we all share Christ – I Corinthians 9:16
  • We should preach the gospel freely – I Corinthians 9:18
  • Paul gives special commendation to the churches at Rome and Thessalonica for their efforts in evangelizing both their communities and the world. Romans 1:8; I Thessalonians 1:8

The A, B, C’s of the Gospel.

  • A – acknowledge that you have sinned
  • B – believe that Jesus is your Saviour
  • C – confess Jesus Christ as your Lord

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton