What is biblical evangelism?

Evangelism is the commitment to or act of publicly preaching (ministry) of the Gospel with the intention to share the message and teachings of Jesus Christ (Wikipedia).

Biblical evangelism ensures that attempts to reach the lost for Jesus Christ have the Bible, or the Holy Scriptures, as their foundation (see Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:48).

What is the Word of God, how is it important? And should we use it when evangelizing?

Christ’s last commandment in Matthew’s Gospel is the following:

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

In the above, Christ clearly exhorts us to keep his commandments, as written in the New Testament, and to teach potential and/or fellow Christians to do the same.

Christ also gives a very important parable about how his disciples should evangelize, explaining that the “seed” of faith sown in people’s hearts is the Word of God:

10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:10-15)

With the above passage we should note that there are two types of false converts, people who believe without repenting fully in their hearts regarding breaking the Mosaic Laws (the ten commandments), and people who still cling to worldly interests and possessions rather than forsaking them utterly to serve Christ:

3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Matthew 3:2)

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: (Matthew 3:8)

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: (Matthew 11:20)

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (Matthew 11:21)
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; (Luke 3:3)

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. (Luke 3:8)

2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:33)

Only one type of convert is true, the person who takes an honest look at who they are before a holy God and, as Job did in Job 42:6, “repent in dust and ashes.”

Paul also tells us that there is a direct relationship between someone being brought to have faith in Christ and them hearing the Word of God:

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:8-17)

Peter also talks about the Word of God (by which the gospel is preached) enduring forever:

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:24-25)

Then there is the situation of Mary and Martha, both friends of Jesus during his earthly life. Yet he praises Mary not for rushing around and busying herself with household tasks (as Martha was doing) but for simply sitting at his feet humbly and hearing his word:

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42)

Later on, in the New Testament, a key passage tells us that all of God’s Words, in both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God Himself and can be used in all phases of a believer’s life, whether they are a new convert or not:

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

Jesus always answered every temptation from the devil with the words “it is written” (referencing the Word of God in the Old Testament Law and Prophets). How much more then should we who are His sons and daughters spiritually do so? The devil himself even quoted the Old Testament (Matthew 4:6, Luke 4:10), showing that he took it seriously too. See below passages (with concordance given between the Old and New Testament passages):

Matthew 4:4 (Jesus references Deuteronomy 8:3)

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

Matthew 4:7 (Jesus references Deuteronomy 6:16)

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

16 Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

Matthew 4:10 (Jesus references Deuteronomy 6:13, Deuteronomy 10:20, Joshua 24:14, 1 Samuel 7:3)

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

Matthew 21:13 (Jesus references Isaiah 56:7)

13 and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer:
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar;
for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Matthew 26:24 (Jesus references Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Daniel 9:26, Mark 9:12, Luke 24:25-26, Luke 46, Acts 17:2-3)

24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

Psalm 22

Isaiah 53

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

46 and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

2 and Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

Matthew 26:31 (Jesus references John 16:32, Matthew 11:6, Zechariah 13:7)

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Mark 7:6 (Jesus references Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8)

6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honour me,
but have removed their heart far from me,
and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Mark 9:12 (Jesus references Psalm 22:6, Isaiah 53:3, Daniel 9:26, Luke 23:11, Philippians 2:7)
12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.

6 But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

3 He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him;
he was despised, and we esteemed him not

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

7 but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

Mark 9:13 (Jesus references Malachi 4:5, Matthew 11:14, Matthew 17:12, Luke 1:17)

13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Mark 11:17 (Jesus references Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11)

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer:
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar;
for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord.

Mark 14:21 (Jesus references Matthew 26:24, Luke 22:22, Acts 1:16-20)

21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

Mark 14:27 (Jesus references Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:50, John 16:32, Isaiah 53:5, Isaiah 53:10, Zechariah 13:7)

27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him;
he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Luke 4:4 (Jesus references Deuteronomy 8:3)

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

Luke 19:46 (Jesus references Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11)

46 saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer:
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar;
for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord.

Luke 24:46 (Jesus references Psalm 22, Hosea 6:2, Luke 11:29-30, Acts 17:3)

46 and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Psalm 22

To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.

1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
why art thou so far from helping me,
and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not;
and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee:
they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered:
they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn:
they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him:
let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb:
thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb:
thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me:
strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint:
my heart is like wax;
it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd;
and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws;
and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me:
the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me:
they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones:
they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them,
and cast lots upon my vesture.

19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord:
O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword;
my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion’s mouth:
for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren:
in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him;
all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him;
and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation:
I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied:
they shall praise the Lord that seek him:
your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord:
and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s:
and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship:
all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him:
and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him;
it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness
unto a people that shall be born,
that he hath done this.

2 After two days will he revive us:
in the third day he will raise us up,
and we shall live in his sight.

29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

3 opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

True followers of Jesus should be able to perform miracles, as the Lord did during his time on earth:

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18)

Can you evangelize without “Christian jargon” or the Word of God?

I have found at least one online Christian community that seems to have made a deliberate choice not to use the Word of God when evangelizing, Train To Proclaim (see https://www.traintoproclaim.com/).

This group has set up an excellent summary of the gospel but without referencing any scripture passages, presumably because they believe them to be “antiquated” and “religious jargon” (see the first and second bullet points under this page: https://www.traintoproclaim.com/what-is-the-huge-crisis-in-western-church/)

I recently downloaded the group’s application for android phones, the Gospel in 7 App, and paged through it, confirming that no bible passages (or Words of God) were referenced in any part of the application.

I believe this group could strengthen their witness immensely using God’s word when attempting to convert people to Christ.

I wrote to them on 13/05/20 with the following note – have yet to hear back from them:

Hi there Train 2 Proclaim team,

Your Gospel in 7 app is a really great summary of the gospel. I downloaded it and went through it tonight. However, it doesn’t have any scripture references. Why is this when Luke 8:10-15 clearly states that the Word of God needs to be sown in men’s hearts (ideally in “honest” and “good” soil) for people to be saved from the devil.

Other passages illustrate that God’s Holy Spirit works through the Word of God are: Hebrews 4:12, 1 Thess. 2:13, 1 Cor. 2:13, Eph. 1:13.

Thank you for putting together tools for people to share the gospel. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

In Christ,

Naomi

Warnings to be patient and loving when reproving fellow Christians around doctrine – I need to take heed of this, as with me judgement comes much easier than mercy:

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matthew 24:12)

Helpful articles on using the Word of God when evangelizing:

  1. desiringgod.org/messages/the-holy-spirit-author-of-scripture (an outline of the importance of the Holy Spirit (God) as Scripture’s author)
  2. https://biblicalevangelism.com/courses/biblical-evangelism/ (online evangelism courses backed up by Scriptures i.e with the Word of God as their foundation, see Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:48)
  3. http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp (you can use this URL when evangelizing online)

9 thoughts on “What is biblical evangelism?

  1. Hi Naomi, Stu Millar here from Train To Proclaim.

    I’m sorry that I can’t find the message in your post from you, I checked my junk folder and it wasn’t there either. Did you use our contact form or email directly? I did get the comment left on our website which is how I have found this blog.
    Either way, you messaged me on 13/05 and then posted this blog on 14/5 saying I hadn’t responded to your message as yet, so not a lot of time was allowed 🙂
    I am very happy to dialogue with you about this. You commented on a page that only had bullet points, but a lot more detail is gone into explaining this on the videos. Can I recommend that you please view the second video of the following link which expands on all the bullet points in this article, including the point of not using scripture when speaking with non-church people – http://www.traintoproclaim.com/g7online/
    Then please do a bible study and find me one example of Jesus or any of the apostles ever using scripture with a non-Jew. There is a biblical model established that if we are going to be biblical, needs to be followed. I know it feels counter-intuitive not to use the scriptures, but we need to do what Jesus and the apostles modeled for us. Would we say that they never preached the ‘Word’? Definitely not. They did! They just didn’t quote scripture to do so.
    Matthew 13:34 “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.”
    I would definitely say that our presentation of the gospel communicates the Word of God, and is consistent with the scriptures you have quoted in your blog. We just don’t quote the scriptures, rather we communicate them in a language people can understand, just like Jesus and the apostles in the book of Acts modeled.
    God bless you and thank you for the opportunity of dialoguing about this, I believe it is an important topic that needs to be engaged.

    • Hi Stuart,

      First of all thanks for getting back to me in such a timely way. Sorry if I hassled you to respond more quickly than you were able to.

      My response to what you have written above is long but I hope it is helpful and edifying. You asked for examples of non-Jews who had the scriptures preached to them. I found some as per the below:

      Matthew 28:18-20 (all nations must follow the Word of God and keep His commandments, not just Jews)
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      18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

      Acts 8:27-31 (Non Jewish person has the Scriptures preached to him. He is an Ethiopian)
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      27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

      32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 in his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

      John 4:20-24 (Non Jewish person, a Samaritan woman at the well)
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      Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

      What is the truth? It is Jesus Christ Himself, and His words, as per the passages below:
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      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.

      John 1:1
      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      John 6:63
      It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

      Jesus also preached a parable about salvation (the sower sowing the seed of faith in people’s hearts, the Word of God, which saves people). He put no restrictions on this commandment so it would apply to people of all nations:
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      Luke 8:12
      Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

      Paul was sent to preach “the word of the gospel” to the Gentiles, not Jewish people. As per the scriptures below:
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      And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

      1 Corinthians 2:4-6
      4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

      6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

      Romans 10:14-17
      How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

      2 Timothy 4:2-4
      preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Jesus is going to come when the gospel is preached around the whole world. No different instructions are given to non Jews:
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      See Matthew 24:14:
      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

      People are blinded by Satan, we need the Word to enlighten and save us. As per 2 Corinthians 4:4:
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      The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

      God’s word is so important and everlasting that it will outlast this current heaven and earth, as per the three passages below:
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      Matthew 24:35
      Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

      Mark 13:31
      Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

      Luke 21:33
      Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

      Other scriptures highlighting the importance of God’s word:
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      1 Thessalonians 2:13
      For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

      2 Timothy 2:15
      Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

      Acts 17:11
      These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

      Ephesians 6:17
      And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

      Hebrews 4:12
      12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

      Isaiah 55:11
      so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
      it shall not return unto me void,
      but it shall accomplish that which I please,
      and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

      John 1:1
      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      John 6:63
      It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

      John 10:35
      If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

      John 17:17
      Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

      Luke 11:28
      But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

      Matthew 4:4
      But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

      Psalm 12:6
      The words of the Lord are pure words:
      as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

      Revelation 1:1-3
      The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

      James 1:21-23
      21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

      2 Timothy 3:15
      15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

      • Hi Naomi,
        What happened to the reply I left to your response and scriptures above? It was showing but isn’t now for some reason. Do you want me to paste it in again?

        Blessings
        Stu

      • Hi Stuart,

        Yes by all means paste it in again so I can review it. Just to reiterate, God’s Spirit of Truth works through the Word of God (So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God., Romans 10:17). True conversion can only take place by His grace, after someone hears the Word of Truth in the gospels. As per the following scriptures which show the gospel needing to be preached to all men, not just Jewish people:

        Acts 8:25
        And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

        Acts 14:7
        and there they preached the gospel.

        Acts 14:21
        And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

        Acts 15:7
        And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

        Acts 16:10
        And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

        Acts 20:24
        But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

        Love in Christ,
        Naomi

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