What Is Evangelism?

The Reformed Life

I recently wrote about the four potential knock-offs of evangelism. This raises the question, what is evangelism? I believe that evangelism is “the communication of the gospel message with the goal to persuade sinners to respond to the gospel message.” 


Someone once said, “preach the gospel always, and when necessary, use words.” I think I understand the intent behind the statement. We are called to live holy lives. We are called to live out the implications of the gospel in our lives. However, no one will come to faith from merely watching our lives. When our non-Christian friends stand before God, our holy lives won’t be enough for them to receive entrance into glory. We’re not Jesus. Our lives aren’t enough to grant salvation.

One of the major themes throughout Scripture is communication. We serve a God that communicates to His people. “The Word of the Lord came” is…

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