Living Like Christ: Evangelism

Mark 1:14-15; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 10:1-16

The golfer stood over his tee shot for what seemed like an eternity, looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, and figuring the wind direction and speed. Generally, he was driving his partner nuts.

Finally his exasperated partner said, “What is taking you so long? Hit the ball!!”“My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse, ” the golfer answered. “I want to make this a perfect shot.”

His partner pondered for a moment, and then replied, “Forget it, you’ll never hit her from here.”

Today’s message is a little different from some of our
previous ones in this Living Like Christ series, in that it’s
not an attribute of God, but evangelism definitely comes
from God and helps people know God.

We are going to look at several Scriptures this morning
starting with the gospel of Mark.

Before you turn there, let’s take a moment to thank God
for our time together and ask Him to speak mightily
through His word.

If you look at the beginning of Mark 1, you will see
details of John the Baptist’s preaching.
His job was to prepare the way for Jesus to come.

He fulfilled what was prophesied by Isaiah about a
messenger who would come before the Messiah.

He preached baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of
sin.
He even had the privilege of baptizing Jesus!
What an incredible honor!!
He understood his place in ministry.
He made it clear that Jesus was greater than him and he
was not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandal.

Mark doesn’t get into all of the details of John the
Baptist’s being put in jail and eventual beheading, but we
can read those details in the other gospel accounts.

The point is that John the Baptist helped prepare people
for Christ’s coming and His message of good news.

Mark 1:14-15

Jesus Models Evangelism
Immediately after Jesus was baptized by John, He was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by
Satan for 40 days.

Again, Mark doesn’t go into great detail about the
temptation as the other gospel writers do

Now Jesus is back in Galilee to preach the gospel of God.
What is the gospel of God?
The gospel is good news. It’s the message of God’s love
and forgiveness of sin.

Here’s the most amazing part about the gospel.
Jesus was sent by God to help people know God.
Jesus is God in the flesh.
Jesus said,

“If you had known Me, you would have
known the Father also; from now on you know Him
and have seen Him.” John 14:7
So, God comes to the people to tell them about Himself.
To tell of His goodness, love, mercy, grace & forgiveness.

Jesus also says the kingdom of God is at hand.
The kingdom of God refers to the coming of the Messiah.
The Jews He was speaking to would be very familiar with
the terminology, kingdom of God.
He’s basically saying, I’m here. It’s time to make a
decision.

Then He uses the familiar words of John the Baptist,
“Repent and believe in the gospel”
Repent means to turn from the old way of thinking and
living.

In a biblical sense, it means you’ve turned from sin and
now live for God.

Jesus didn’t just model evangelism, He called 12 men to
Himself and trained them in evangelism.

We see that example in
Mark 6:7-13
Jesus Sends the 12 to Evangelize
Jesus sent them out in pairs.
This may have been due to the law requiring 2 witnesses
It may have been about discipleship.
In evangelism it’s good to have one experienced person
and one rookie.
Both can share their testimony and the potential converts
may relate to one story over another.

Jesus gave them authority to heal the sick and cast out
demons. They weren’t using their own authority, it was
the power of God granted to them to carry out His work.

Jesus wanted them to trust Him as they served Him.
He told them not to pack bags, not worry about money or
extra clothes or shoes. He wanted to provide for them
through the kindness and generosity of others.

God wants us to trust Him as we share about Him.
He will always take care of the ones who are serving Him.

The spreading of the gospel is God’s plan. Although He is
capable of doing the work Himself, He is all-powerful, He
wants mankind to be involved in the spread. And not just
a handful of people.

Luke 10:1-16
Jesus Sends the 70 to Evangelize
When Jesus sent out the 12, He sent them in pairs.
He sends the 70 out in the same way.
Luke tells us that Jesus sent them to the cities and places
where Jesus planned on coming.
It’s the exact thing John the Baptist did. He prepared the
way for Jesus telling them to repent and turn from their
sin.

Jesus urged the 70 to pray for evangelism.
He told them the harvest was plentiful but the workers
were few, so He urged them to pray and ask God to send
more workers. Yes, more than the 70 believers.

We should all be praying for God to send more workers.
The world needs Jesus.

In v.3 He writes that they are being sent out as lambs
among wolves. Lambs stand little chance against wolves
in the world, yet the lambs have a shepherd watching
over them protecting them from harm. The next verses
talk about them not being concerned about the physical
items they may need. God is going to provide for them.
He’s making sure they are protected and cared for like a
good shepherd.

In the sending of the 12 and the sending of the 70 Jesus
instructs them to go into a city and if they receive them
they stay, if they reject them then shake the dust off of
their feet. Luke spends several verses on this topic and
even says the cities that reject them are worse off than
Tyre and Sidon in the judgment.

Then the most compelling verse of the section is v.16.
Many people refuse to practice evangelism because they
are afraid of rejection.
This verse should give you confidence.
When you share the gospel and someone listens to you
they are listening to Jesus.
When you share the gospel and someone rejects you,
rejects Jesus. And the one who rejects Jesus rejects the
Father.

Our job in evangelism is obedience.
God is responsible for the fruit.

John 17 records Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer.
I want us to look at a few verses that speak to His desire
for continued evangelism. They are found in
John 17:18-21.

Jesus Prays for Continued Evangelism
Jesus prays for the ones who will believe in Him because
of the work of the ones that were sent by Him.

He prays for God to unite them just as He and the Father
are one. We should never grow tired of praying for
missionaries and those who willingly share the good news
with others.

Not only that, but we should all be involved in missions.

APPLICATION

Jesus Sends Believers to Evangelize
The last words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He
ascended into heaven was a call to evangelism.
It’s commonly referred to as the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority has been given to
Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end
of the age.”

Just like the other Scriptures we examined today, Jesus
speaks about His authority and commands them to go
into the world making disciples. It’s not just a command
for the apostles, it’s for every believer.
We should all be taking part in the sharing of the good
news.

Just like the other sermons in this series, God doesn’t
expect us to do this in our own flesh. He gives us the
Holy Spirit to help us continue the work of evangelism.

The first believers had to wait for the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My
witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the
earth.”

God gives us the Holy Spirit the moment we receive His
grace and forgiveness. No waiting.
So, let’s go out and share the good news and trust the
Spirit to give us the words.