The motivation to evangelism


1.  The command to evangelism 2.  The motivation to evangelism
3.  The gospel of evangelism 4.  The power for evangelism


I firmly believe that the motivation is love; loving God and loving people.

Matthew 22:36-40  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

I.  Loving God - first motivation

Notice what Jesus says:

John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

If we love God, we will be involved in some sort of evangelism in obedience to His command found in Mark 16:15-16  and Matthew 28:19-20.

Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost and we are to continue in His ministry. 

Luke 19:10   For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

II. Loving mankind - second motivation

Christians have God's love abiding in them, what we must do is allow it to prevail over all
our personal inhibitions. 

Please notice.

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

WE must realize!

That humanity is lost and needs a Savior.

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

That Jesus is the only way of salvation.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

That the Gospel is the power of God for salvation.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;

That God loves the lost sinner.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

That Salvation is a free gift.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

God doesn't want anyone to perish.

2Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The consequences of rejecting Christ.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Please read   Luke 16:19-31   (A man in hell)

We all know

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our heavenly Father saw that mankind was lost and was willing to give His only begotten Son
that mankind would not perish. You and I must be willing to give of ourselves and be a part in our Father's mission.

It requires sacrifices; of our time, of our finances, of our plans, etc.

Please notice

Mark 10:29-30  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,

30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Hebrews 6:10    For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.