God’s Word has a lot to say about sharing the Gospel with others and bringing them to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Old and New Testament have passages about the importance of evangelism and telling others about the love of God. Read these Bible verses to build up your own faith and spread the message of Christianity to others.
Scriptures on Evangelism in the Bible
- Mark 16:15 Jesus commands evangelism.
- Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus gives the the Great Commission.
- Proverbs 11:30 He that winneth souls is wise KJV
- 1 Peter 3:15 Be ready to give an answer for the hope you have in Jesus Christ
- Isaiah 52:7 Evangelists have beautiful feet Bible verse
- Luke 19:10 Jesus’ mission was to seek and save the lost.
- Romans 10:10-11 Bible passage for evangelism
- Colossians 4:2-6 Scripture passage on evangelism.
- Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus says the harvest is great.
- 1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul’s mission to preach the Gospel
- 2 Timothy 2:15 Timothy the Evangelist
- 1 Corinthians 9:22 Paul’s method of sharing the Good News.
- Romans 1:16 Christians are not ashamed of the Gospel.
- Acts 1:8 The Holy Spirit empowers Christian witness.
- 2 Timothy 4:5 Do the work of an evangelist scripture.
- FAQ about Evangelism in the Scriptures
- More Bible Study Reference on Soul Winning
Mark 16:15 Jesus commands evangelism.
(ESV) And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
(KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
(MSG) Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.
(NIV) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
(NLT) And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus gives the the Great Commission.
(ESV) 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,
(KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
(MSG) Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
(NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
(ESV) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(KJV) 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.
(MSG) Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
(NIV) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(NLT) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Proverbs 11:30 He that winneth souls is wise KJV
(ESV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.
(KJV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
(MSG) A good life is a fruit-bearing tree; a violent life destroys souls.
(NIV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
(NLT) The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.
1 Peter 3:15 Be ready to give an answer for the hope you have in Jesus Christ
1 Peter 3:15
(ESV) but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
(KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
(MSG) Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.
(NIV) But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
(NLT) Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
Isaiah 52:7 Evangelists have beautiful feet Bible verse
(ESV) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
(KJV) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
(MSG) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news, Breaking the news that all’s well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
(NIV) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
(NLT) How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
Luke 19:10 Jesus’ mission was to seek and save the lost.
(ESV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
(KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
(MSG) For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”
(NIV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
(NLT) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Romans 10:10-11 Bible passage for evangelism
(ESV) For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
(KJV) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(MSG) With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
(NIV) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
(NLT) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
(ESV) For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
(KJV) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
(MSG) Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.”
(NIV) As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
(NLT) As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
Colossians 4:2-6 Scripture passage on evangelism.
(ESV) Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
(KJV) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
(MSG) Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.
(NIV) Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
(NLT) Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
(ESV) that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
(KJV) That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
(MSG) Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.
(NIV) Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
(NLT) Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
(ESV) Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
(KJV) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
(MSG) Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity.
(NIV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
(NLT) Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
(ESV) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
(KJV) Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
(MSG) Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
(NIV) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
(NLT) Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus says the harvest is great.
(ESV) Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
(KJV) Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
(MSG) “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers!
(NIV) Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
(NLT) He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
(ESV) therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
(KJV) Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
(MSG) On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”
(NIV) Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
(NLT) So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul’s mission to preach the Gospel
1 Corinthians 1:17
(ESV) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
(KJV) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
(MSG) God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.
(NIV) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
(NLT) For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.
2 Timothy 2:15 Timothy the Evangelist
2 Timothy 2:15
(ESV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
(KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(MSG) Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.
(NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
(NLT) Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
1 Corinthians 9:22 Paul’s method of sharing the Good News.
1 Corinthians 9:22
(ESV) To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
(KJV) To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
(MSG) the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life.
(NIV) To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
(NLT) When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.
Romans 1:16 Christians are not ashamed of the Gospel.
(ESV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
(KJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
(MSG) It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else!
(NIV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
(NLT) For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
Acts 1:8 The Holy Spirit empowers Christian witness.
(ESV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
(KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
(MSG) What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”
(NIV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(NLT) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2 Timothy 4:5 Do the work of an evangelist scripture.
2 Timothy 4:5
(ESV) As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
(KJV) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
(MSG) But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.
(NIV) But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
(NLT) But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
FAQ about Evangelism in the Scriptures
All Christians are called to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. Being a witness of Jesus Christ means living out your faith in such a way that others see Him in you. It means sharing the love and hope that you have found in Him with others, even when it’s difficult. It means being open to talking about your faith with those who are interested and willing to listen, and it means praying for opportunities to share the gospel with those who need it most. If you feel called to share your faith with others, then don’t hesitate to do so. But if you’re not sure if that’s something God is calling you to do, pray
The work of an evangelist is primarily to share the gospel with unbelievers and to equip believers for gospel ministry. As we share the gospel, our goal is to see people repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ. And as we equip believers, our aim is to help them grow in their knowledge of and obedience to God’s Word so that they can effectively share the gospel with others. Of course, there are many other things that fall under the umbrella of evangelism. For example, we may teach apologetics courses or Christian worldview classes in order to help people understand and defend the faith. We might also be involved in social justice efforts, such as working with trafficking victims or helping refugees. But at
Evangelism is declaring the Gospel with the intention of persuading others to believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The word “evangelism” comes from the Greek word euaggelion, which means “good news.” The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). When we evangelize, we are proclaiming this good news to people who need to hear it so that they can be saved from their sin and come into a right relationship with God. There are many verses in Scripture that commands us to evangelize.
There are really three main types of evangelism: personal, one-on-one evangelism; mass evangelism; and relational evangelism. Each approach has its own merits and drawbacks, so let’s take a closer look at each one. Personal or one-on-one evangelism is perhaps the most traditional form of outreach. In this approach, the Christian individually shares their faith with someone else with the goal of leading them to Christ. This can be done in a number of ways, such as through simple conversation, tract distribution, or even holding a Bible study in someone’s home.
When we talk about being called as a missionary, we are referring to the idea that God has chosen us for a specific mission in His name. This can mean different things for different people, but it always involves a sense of being called by God to do something special. For some people, this might mean being called to be a preacher or evangelist in their local community. For others, it might mean moving to another country to share the gospel with those who have never heard it before. And still for others, it might mean working full-time in a ministry setting or preaching occasionally at their church. But whatever form it takes, being called as a missionary always implies that we have been specifically chosen by God to share the love of Christ with the lost.
In Christianity, the Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples to spread the gospel to all the nations of the world. The Great Commission is outlined in Matthew 28:16–20, where on a mountain in Galilee Jesus calls on his followers to make disciples of and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. See the Great Commission on Wikipedia.
The connection between ministry, mission work, baptism, and evangelism is this: They are all gifts that God has given us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Ministry is the work that God has called us to do in His Name. It is our privilege to be able to serve Him by serving others. Mission work is the opportunity we have to share the gospel with those who are lost and need Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Baptism is a public profession of our faith in Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection. It is also an act of obedience that demonstrates our willingness to follow Him. Evangelism is telling others about the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.