To strengthen our evangelism, it is good to remember our empowerment.
We are empowered by the Spirit
Jesus said, “…I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:7-11).
The Spirit works mightily! His presence and power should give us great confidence as we embark on the adventure that is evangelism.
We are empowered with the Gospel
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
The Gospel is the power of God at work, and when we share the message of the Gospel this salvation continues to powerfully spread to and through all who believe.
We might also add that…
We should remember our empowerment (i.e., authorization) to evangelize
In a recent study, Barna found: “…many Millennials are unsure about the actual practice of evangelism. Almost half of Millennials (47%) agree at least somewhat that it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.” But we should remember that we have been called by God and commissioned by Jesus to share the Gospel. There is no higher authorization. When Peter and the other apostles were asked not to share the Gospel, their response was simply, “We must obey God rather than men.”
So, may we all be emboldened to share Christ because of this great empowerment. Amen.