My thinking about evangelism used to be very basic. I always thought of evangelism as just talking to people about what the Bible says. I’ve been challenged to the point of making me see that I knew very little about what the true purpose and meaning of evangelism was. I had to understand that I should be trying to convey a specific message while evangelizing instead of just reciting scriptures. Evangelism needs to present Jesus because he was the living sacrifice, but he is also the good news. Yes, evangelism is speaking on the falling nature of men, the commandments, and who is God, but presenting Jesus and the finished work he has done is a specific message. Now I’m starting to see that evangelism is so much more than reading off scriptures to individuals with hopes of converting them to Christianity. I see it as a task to share a message that tells a story about who God is, our falling nature (sin), the good news of Christ and his finished work, and how faith and repentance can make them new by the grace and mercy of God.
Some new essential ingredients I found on evangelizing had a way of making me look at evangelism from a whole new perspective. The four ingredients that include the message about God, message about sin, message about Christ, and the summons to faith and repentance lays a foundation for those who are looking to evangelize. Looking at these ingredients gives me a layout on what to focus on when evangelizing to an unbeliever. It provides a guide to help someone who might be just starting to evangelize. No one wants to confuse someone they are evangelizing to where they don’t get what the message truly is. So I think having a guidance that leads to a specific message is a great way to align how we relay our message when we evangelize.