Have you ever received some really good news? And when you received it, did you keep it to yourself? If you’re like most people, you probably couldn’t wait to tell somebody! That’s because good news is meant to be shared. And that applies equally to The Good News of Jesus Christ – The Good News is meant to be shared! It’s so good that we should never keep it to ourselves! We can’t just know the Good News (the Gospel). We need to share the Good News.
When we talk about evangelism, we’re talking about sharing the Good News. It’s our calling. Jesus told us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Right before his ascension he also said “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). Paul wrote it this way “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2nd Cor 5:20). It’s what we do as Christians.
Not only is it our calling, but eternity is at stake. Jesus often talked about people being cast into utter darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 13:42, 24:51, 25:30) There is a hell. Jesus never taught that everyone goes to heaven. But it will be totally counter-productive to tell people they’re going to hell if they don’t believe in Jesus. That’s like telling people bad news. Good News is meant to be shared. The fact that a person’s eternity is at stake is a motivator for us to share the Good News. Tell someone that there’s a God who loves them and wants to give them eternal life – a God who has the best plan for their life – now that’s something that will attract a person’s interest! That’s Good News!
Probably the best motivator to share the Good News is Love. God loves lost people! Lost people matter to God. God doesn’t hate the sinner. Paul writes “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners (ie lost people), Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Here at Oasis Church, we exist to go and share the love of Jesus that unites diverse people in refreshing community. It’s what we’re called to do. It’s the vision God has given to us. Go and share the love. That’s our greatest motivation to share the Good News!