5 Ways to be an Evangelist Like Paul

Acts 26:12-18, 24-29

12 “In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

 24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”[b] 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

There are 5 main points on being missional that we can learn from Paul in these passages.

1. The fear of the Lord.

Now I know you all have heard, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, but do we really understand what that means? I personally have had some trouble in the past identifying what that means practically in my faith. In this passage when Paul and his companions automatically fall to the ground in the presence of God. It is very obvious that fear is the beginning of understanding who God is. If Paul had to be shown the fear of God first then I am sure we need the same. God is so powerful and we cannot be missional until we understand that fact.

2. Rise up and be uncomfortable.

The next part of this passage is Paul being commanded to rise up and stand on his feet. This is a huge one for many American Christian’s. We have to physically rise up off of our couches, away from our TV screens, and out of our comfortable houses. We cannot be mission minded if we’re just stagnant. I look at it as I’m either comfortable or I’m growing in my walk with Jesus. It’s really that simple! I don’t think Paul ever binged on Netflix or sat for hours on social media sites. So, should we?

3. What have you seen?

Then God charges Paul to be a witness to the things God has shown him and will show him in the future. That sounds an awful lot like a testimony. The things that God has shown us or brought us through are meant to be a witness to others. We are meant to use our testimonies to win others over for Christ. I don’t know about you, but I can’t falsify what God has shown me. It’s also pretty hard to forget your own life story so use it to be missional! Although it might not be God literally showing himself to you, if you have a personal relationship with God then he will show you who he is. (You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13)

4. Missionary to who?

God delivered Paul from his people and the gentiles so that he could be sent back to them. We look at missionaries and think, now that is the way to be an evangelist! When in reality every Christian is a missionary whether they are overseas or in their own backyard. I personally struggle with this one a ton. Wanting to be on the front line of spiritual warfare in a third world country, I have to remember that I am a missionary no matter what my location is. Although this is true, if God is calling you overseas I would not want to disobey him. Ultimately be a missionary wherever you find yourself to whoever is in front of you.

5. Fear of man.

V. 24 “Paul, you are out of your mind;…” Has anyone ever said that to you? If not, then I pray that someone does. Christianity is not easy to swallow for those that God has not revealed himself to yet. Fear of man is one of the biggest culprits for someone who finds it hard to evangelize. In Galatians 1:10 it states, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I still trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” So don’t be intimidated about speaking up for your faith or sharing your testimony. The worst they can do is reject what you’re saying. We don’t have to worry about being stoned to death or imprisoned, so that’s great!  

Now go evangelize like Paul!