Why Tell the World About Jesus?

Three decades ago, David M. Howard challenged believers with his booklet entitled “Why World Evangelism?” These truths are ever so relevant today! Follow God’s heart for the world!

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Why World Evangelism?

  • Because God created the world, thereby showing that the whole world is His sphere of love and interest. (Genesis 1:1)

  • Because God created man in His own image, thereby showing that man is the supreme object of God’s love. (Genesis 1:26)

  • Because God’s first command to man was to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,” thereby showing that He intended for man also to take the entire world as his sphere of activity. (Genesis 1:28)

  • Because God repeated this command to Noah when it was time for the human race to make a fresh start. (Genesis 8:17)

  • Because when God called Abraham He clearly stated His love for the entire human race by expressing a desire to bless all the families of the earth through Abraham’s descendants. (Genesis 12:2-3)

  • Because all through the Old Testament record, God acted on behalf of Israel “so that all the peoples of earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty,” thus showing that His love was not limited to His chosen people but was to extend to all peoples. (Joshua 4:24)

  • Because the Psalmist exhorts Israel to “declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3)

  • Because the prophets call their people to “declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, sent it forth to the end of the earth. . . ‘The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob’” (Isaiah 48:20)

  • Because Jesus Christ reached out in His personal ministry to all mankind on all levels of society: to religious leaders and to prostitutes, to Pharisees and to lepers, to Jews and to Samaritans, to Greeks and to Romans. (The Gospels)

  • Because Jesus Christ refused to be bound by geographical limitations, regardless of the unfulfilled needs in any one place, when He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” (Luke 4:43)

  • Because Jesus looked beyond His immediate friends when He said, “And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also.” (John10:16)

  • Because Jesus Christ left His final and unequivocal command with His followers that they were to carry the good news of salvation beyond their immediate borders “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

  • Because the Holy Spirit pushed the early church out of Jerusalem so that the message of the gospel would go to those other parts. (Acts 8:1-4)

  • Because the Holy Spirit forced Peter beyond the ethnic limitations of Judaism so that the Gentiles could also become children of God. (Acts 10:1-11:18)

THEREFORE . . . World Evangelism