“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.”
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
Evangelism is a priority in our church, as it must be. The Great Commission of Christ directs us to be concerned about the eternal lives of others. This is one of the primary purposes of the Church. Because the great commission Jesus spoke of in Matthew 28:19-20 said, “Go and make disciples of all nations”, the great challenge to the church is Evangelism – helping those who are lost and are waiting to be found. Sharing Christ with others is particularly important to the church that seeks true growth since healthy growth comes primarily through new Christians. A healthy church must provide its members both training and opportunity for evangelism.
In Luke 10 we come to understand that evangelism is not just about gifted individuals with special anointing for evangelism doing the work of evangelism ― we are all responsible.
There are at least three prominent Scripture passages instructing us in evangelism:
1. Matthew 10.1-15 where Jesus instructs His disciples in Power Evangelism,
2. Luke 9.1-6, where the emphasis is upon Preaching the Gospel,
3. Luke 10.1ff, where the “Others” are addressed (the 70). The message here relates to Personal Evangelism, which is the responsibility of every believer.