Why should Christians dedicate more time and effort to evangelism? Isn't evangelism for the pastor, church leaders, or people who have been called into evangelism?
There are over 2 billion Christians and millions of churches, but few Christians purpose to evangelize. According to Matthew 28:18–20, all born again God expects Christians to preach the gospel of Christ to non-believers.
By evangelizing, people repent and therefore do not perish- which is God's plan. Also, by evangelizing, people who had no prior knowledge of the gospel come into terms with it. Finally, in the same way the gospel found us, we should also do the same for others.
Prayer for Evangelists:
Lord, I pray that you will charge me to reach out to unbelievers, sowing seeds and reaping as guided by your Holy Spirit. As a worker in your field, I present myself ready to harvest, and may your Holy Spirit show me the things to say. Lead me to where you have called. This I pray in faith. Amen.
How about 53 Bible verses to guide you on evangelism, winning souls, and going out on missions? Here is a list of these Bible verses:
1. Psalm 105:1
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done
In the Old Testament, God sets out to show that He is above all gods. He creates Israel so that the people may make His name and great works known to all nations.
2. Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the One who is wise saves lives.
At the time of this Proverb, 'saving lives' was associated with saving people from evil paths that led to destruction. In light of the gospel, it takes up a new form where the righteous's produce is saving lives.
3. Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
This chapter tells of the prophet seeing a vision of God in His throne room. This vision led him to present himself to share God's message.
4. Isaiah 12:4
In that day, you will say: "Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted."
The book of Isaiah works for the Old and New Testament timeline. Its immediate audience is Judah, but it also shows the Messiah coming who will save Israel and humanity.
5. Isaiah 45:22
"Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other."
In this chapter, God directs His words to the surrounding nations, calling them to abandon the worship of idols and instead turn to Him for He is the able God.
6. Ezekiel 3:17–19
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself".
In this Scripture, God tasks prophet Ezekiel to be a 'watchman' for Judah. By doing so, he would communicate God's words and warnings without fail. The severity of the task is made known to him when God points out that by failing to share His warnings for Judah's wickedness, he would also share in the aftermath.
7. Ezekiel 38:23
"And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord".
God stresses to Ezekiel that He wants to use both Israel and the prophets to communicate how awesome He is to all nations.
8. Malachi 1:11
"My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me because my name will be great among the nations," says the Lord Almighty
Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, continues to reiterate God's desire to be known among all nations.
9. Matthew 5:15–16
"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven".
In this passage, He reminds His disciples that He did not want to waste His efforts and shouldn't either.
10. Matthew 9:37–38
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field".
In this passage, he gave His disciples a glimpse of the world full of pain and heartbreak. This action forms the ground for the gospel to offer good news to these people.
11. Matthew 11:28
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
The gospel's benefits aren't confined to the sweet by-and-by. There is immediate relief to the weary and broken.
12. Matthew 28:19–20
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age".
These were Jesus' parting words that task every believer to win people into Christ and help them mature in grace and truth.
13. Mark 16:16
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
This Scripture paints a picture of people's gravity not getting saved and why we should prioritize evangelism.
14. Luke 12:8
"I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God."
Another incentive to proclaiming the gospel to the world; Jesus will acknowledge us before God's angels.
15. Luke 12:11-12
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
Jesus tells His disciples of the times to come when it would be dangerous to share the gospel. He encourages them that they should not concern themselves with what to say, for the Holy Spirit will work on their behalf.
16. John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him
The gospel is a message of God's love for humanity that drove Him to make the ultimate sacrifice to have them reconciled to Him.
17. John 13:35
"By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."
The gospel's most significant fruit, love, is what sets Christianity from other philosophies and religions and proves it's real and its value.
18. Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth".
Jesus was telling of the future and of the power that would come through the Holy Spirit and how this power would supercharge the disciple's message as they spread the gospel to all the earth.
19. Acts 13:47
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."
The first-century Jews could not wrap their heads around the gospel extending beyond Israel, yet God always insisted that it is through them that all nations would be blessed.
20. Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.
The gravity that drove Paul to share the gospel should charge us to reach out to those around us.
21. Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile
Our attempts at sharing the gospel might make us the center of ridicule, rough treatment, and being made fun of. However, we should not be discouraged because the gospel is potent.
22. Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If it weren't for the gospel, we would have received our wages as people of the world. However, the gospel has saved us from this predicament, and we get to share the gift of everlasting life.
23. Romans 10:10–17
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, "Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ
Since God can place the gospel in every person's heart, He doesn't because He wants to involve us.
24. 1 Corinthians 2:1–2
"And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified".
Paul may come off as an intelligent defender of the gospel, yet, it is encouraging to see that he does not lean on his eloquence or arguments. Instead, he relies on presenting the simple message of Christ and Him crucified.
25. 1 Corinthians 3:6–9
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the One who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The One who plants and the One who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.
Paul was encouraging the church that their role in the harvest was vital whether they get to see the crop or not.
26. 1 Corinthians 9:19–23
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews, I became like a Jew to win the Jews. To those under the law, I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law, I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so as to win those not having the law. To the weak, I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means, I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings.
Paul shows that he is sensitive to everyone's traditions and experiences and does not wish to insult or confuse them before preaching the gospel.
27. 1 Corinthians 16:7–9
For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you if the Lord permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
In this passage, Paul shows that the Spirit leads him to grounds that require his evangelism even though he would like otherwise.
28. 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are, therefore, Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
To fulfill His plan of the world getting reconciled to Him, God urges the church, His diplomats, to represent Him in foreign territory.
29. Galatians 2:7–9
On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. James, Cephas, and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
The early church was faced with this problem: Peter felt called to minister to the Jews and found it hard to reconcile to Paul's calling to minister to the Gentiles. This example shows that God may contact us to specific work that may not be universal to others.
30. Ephesians 2:8–9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Paul reminded the church at Ephesus that salvation was not earned through their works, but God's freely given that no one should boast. Furthermore, nobody should boast when they win people to Christ as it is God's work.
31. Colossians 1:28–29
He is the One we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end, I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Paul shows that he wasn't constrained to spreading the gospel only. He also ensured that people would grow into maturity.
32. Colossians 4:2–6
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Paul gave the church a blueprint of how to conduct effective evangelism: praying for opportunities to share the good news, be watchful and thankful, treat outsiders wisely, take advantage of every opportunity and ensure their speech was full of grace.
33. 1 Thessalonians 1:4–5
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
Paul knew that the church would feel compelled to lean on words alone when preaching the gospel and reminded them of the power that came with the gospel.
34. 2 Timothy 1:8-9
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
Paul points out to Timothy that his imprisonment or opposition to the gospel shouldn't cause him to be ashamed of spreading the gospel.
35. 2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
The process of maturity may be ongoing, but we need to continually submit ourselves to God so that when an opportunity comes our way, we can confidently handle God's word.
36. 2 Timothy 4:5
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry
This Bible verse was Paul's commission to Timothy as he ended his second letter. Paul wanted to ensure that Timothy wouldn't neglect evangelism even if he had been called a young pastor.
37. 1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Peter shines a light on the simplicity of evangelism. It is sharing our hope in Christ gently and respectfully and not arguing with someone until they submit.
38. 2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.
Peter shows the Lord's gracious nature in withholding judgment as He wants everyone presented with the opportunity to get saved.
39. Acts 2:38
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This verse was a response to the question," What shall we do?" Peter outlined the steps to salvation.
40. 1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
To Paul, evangelizing was more critical than baptizing though he's not against baptism.
41. Matthew 10:7-14
As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. "Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker, is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
When Jesus sent His disciples out to evangelize, they had a message to preach and the power to back it.
42. Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10 was his explanation of why he had come to Zacchaeus, who was deemed a notorious sinner.
43. John 8:24
I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins."
The title 'I am' is Jesus' claim to deity, and He was exhorting the Pharisees that if they wanted to be saved from perishing in their sins, they should believe in Jesus.
44. 1 Corinthians 9:16
For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
To Paul, evangelism was not a matter of personal ambition or choice, but something he had to do.
45. Daniel 12:3
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
God regards His people like stars radiating light while those that turn others to righteousness shine brighter.
46. Luke 24:47
and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
The scriptures had said that the preaching of the gospel would begin in Jerusalem-Isaiah 2:3, Joel 2:32
47. Luke 4:18-19
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Jesus was reading from Isaiah 61:1-2 to show that He was the Messiah who had been prophesied long ago.
48. Matthew 7:21-23
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the One who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
In this passage, Jesus was warning people who speak or say things about Jesus, yet they do not mean it, or they do so to fulfill a religious duty.
49. John 4:36-38
Even now, the One who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."
John the Baptist and Jesus were responsible for sowing the seeds, presenting the disciples with the chance to reap.
50. Proverbs 24:11
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
Proverbs 24:11 could mean saving people that are heading towards death because of their spiritual and moral blindness.
51. Acts 21:8
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.
Once Phillip was done with evangelizing to the Ethiopian eunuch, he preached in the coastal region, ending up in Caesarea.
52. Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This prayer and blessing are appropriate because when these blessings come upon us, we can live in unity as the Lord calls us to.
53. Psalm 73:28
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
These were Asaph's words declaring that being in the house of God caused him to develop a passion for making known God's works.
Evangelism is not a matter of choice.
It is a command from Jesus. He commissioned us to go out into the world, preaching the good news of His saving power. And just as someone preached the gospel to us that we might be saved, we should also strive to do the same.
I pray that as your purpose to be intentional in evangelizing through reading the word and reaching out to those around you, that the Lord will bestow His blessings upon you. Amen.