Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word of God

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 5 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 4, "Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Others Free".

Over the past week, we have answered the question; Why do we evangelize? After reviewing the scriptures, we determined that we evangelize because we are commanded by Jesus to do so; we love Jesus and want tell others about Him; and we have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom.

As previously mentioned, there are many opinions and motives for why Christians evangelize. At the same time, there are many excuses or obstacles preventing us from doing so. As we move forward in our series of exploring the Dos, Don’ts, How’s and When’s of Evangelism, we will now discuss some of the reasons why we don't evangelize.

1. We don’t know the Word.

2. We are afraid of rejection.

3. We don’t want to get asked a question that we do not have an answer for.

4. We don’t love the Word.

5. We don’t love others as ourselves.

6. We don’t feel it is our responsibility.

7. We forget that Jesus is coming soon.

8. We are afraid of persecution.

One reason we do not share our faith is that we do not know the Word of God. We lack knowledge of The Gospel. Though we may have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we may fail to spend time in the Word of God so that we are able to articulate aspects of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Christ. If we neglect to spend time in the Word of God, we will grow dull in our understanding of the Word of God. Ultimately, our lack of knowledge concerning the things of God will cause our hearts to grow cold.

Hosea 4:6 (NASB) – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

We must spend time daily meditating on God’s Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to give us a deeper revelation of Jesus. Failure to do so will result in a lack of sensitivity to the Spirit, loss of accuracy, and a lack of boldness in sharing The Gospel with those around us.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

At any moment, the Holy Spirit may speak to us to share The Gospel with someone. However, if we are not ready to share The Gospel we may share it inaccurately or shrink back and not share it all. As a result, we run the risk of robbing someone of the opportunity to hear The Gospel and enter the kingdom of God. It is unbearable to think that someone might miss hearing The Gospel simply because we did not know what to say. We must be ready in season and out of season to share our faith whenever the opportunity arises.

2 Timothy 4:2 – “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”

We can observe the importance of knowing the Word of God and being ready to share the Gospel at any moment in the account of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. This account may have been very different if Philip did not know The Gospel and was unable to accurately answer the eunuch's inquiry about Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:26-34 (NIV) – “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants?  For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Do you know The Word of God? Are you ready to share your faith with someone today?

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