Overcoming the Fear of Evangelism

When we speak the pure gospel, we can be sure that we are glorifying God.

What?! Someone like Jesus is not ashamed to associate with people like us? Why professional athletes want to associate with other profession athletes makes sense. Why kings wish to associate with other kings is easy to understand. What is unfathomable beyond all things unfathomable is why the Sovereign King of kings would want to associate with us. And we get to speak the good news about him.

 

God has tasked every Christian with communicating the good news of the gospel to the lost. For some of us, it comes naturally. It’s easy and effortless. If that’s you then you probably don’t need to keep reading.

For others, not so much. It’s a struggle. It feels unnatural, forced, and uncomfortable. Concern floods our mind. “What if I don’t say the right words?” “I know they’re thinking we are completely crazy.” “They are going to mock.” We hear about the door-to-door evangelism ministry in our church, and there’s no way we would go to that. The thought of knocking on some stranger’s door and launching into the gospel seems impossible and undesirable.

Some of you don’t struggle with such things. That’s awesome. I’ve envied you before. But for those who like me have experienced butterflies in the stomach at times when you think about speaking the gospel to the lost, here are a few things that help me.

1. It’s a privilege to speak Christ.

Better to think more about whom we are speaking than to whom. Jesus Christ is the most wonderful individual in the universe. He is the architect and sustainer of all space, time, and matter (Col. 1:16-17). He made everything and us. On a good day, I might be able to make a three-egg omelet without breaking it. The Lord Jesus made several hundred billion galaxies, each of which hold on average several billion stars; each of which jets through space shining, burning, and blazing. Before there was a planet to stand on, air around it to breath, a sun above it to warm, and provision upon it to sustain, the second Person of the Trinity reigned and existed in blessed perfection. Before there was a where, he was there, and before there was when, he was (John 1:1-2).

And this Jesus happens also to be loving. He stepped out of heaven, and condescended himself to receive human nature. He actually came to this world to be among people like us. He came, not to annihilate us as we had merited, but to redeem us as we had not merited. Willingly, he subjected himself to shameful treatment by utterly weak and wicked little creatures; humans. Humans. Sinners mistreated him. And he allowed it; he used it to accomplish the work for the forgiveness, reconciliation, and eternal life of some. He died on the cross. Of course he rose from the grave. And he is exalted, mighty in heaven.

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