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Evangelizing & Spirit Following
Jesus’ last words to his disciples were: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). Disciples are called to share the good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness with the world. Jesus specifically told us to "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15). A disciple follows the example of Jesus who, “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38).
Being an authentic Christian
Winning souls is more than a vocation; it is a lifestyle that is part of the everyday existence of a disciple. Believers can be soul-winners at work, at home, in the supermarket, at the gym, or wherever they may spend their time. There are numerous ways to share the faith:
- Read the Bible. The more one gets into the Word of God, the easier it will be to share the faith with others. The Bible gives wisdom for winning souls and sharing Christ.
- Pray that God will give the right opportunity and words to say to others. Many times people don’t share their faith because of fear, but the Bible says, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
- Be an authentic Christian day after day. This is the best way to win somebody to Jesus Christ.
Follow the Spirit
Disciples of Christ are men and women who are led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13). Jesus referred many times to the personal nature of the Holy Spirit. He called the Holy Spirit the “Paraclete,” which means “one called alongside;” one who is an advocate, comforter, or counselor. God has given us the marvelous gift of his Holy Spirit.
The Spirit plays an important role in personal salvation, church formation, and the general spread of the gospel. Without him, it is impossible for individuals or the church to experience revival. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit has a distinct contribution in the life of every believer.
God has given us the marvelous gift of his Holy Spirit.
The Bible promises believers the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to his disciples, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). In Acts the disciples prayed, “Grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.” It says that when they finished praying “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:29–31).
Disciples must ask God for the power of his Spirit in their lives.