I believe in what is often called lifestyle evangelism, if by that term one means that we must both live out and verbally share our faith through relationships. But I don’t believe it’s “evangelism” to simply live a good and godly life and set an example of being like Jesus.
The problem with assuming that my example is enough is the arrogance that my personal life is so good and so godly that people will somehow discover the truth of redemption purely by watching me live.
Anyone can be saved, and there is only one way for a person to be saved – by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. One must believe that the death, burial, and resurrection has accomplished, on behalf of sinners, the redemptive purpose of God.
Anyone who is ever saved is saved by repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In other words, salvation flows from the embracing of a single Person whose story is conveyed in a message, and that message is the gospel. No one discovers this message magically. It must be shared. Paul put it this way:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
~ Romans 10:14 NIV
Right now, around you every day, are countless people who need to the truth, the grace, the love, and the hope that is in Jesus Christ. And if you have a relationship with Jesus, then you have an assignment to carry the good news to them.
You can share the message, and when you do, some will say yes and see their lives changed forever.
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