Verses on Evangelism
Sanzio Raffaello, "St Paul Preaching in Athens," 1515, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
New Zealand needs more evangelists. It needs more apostle Pauls who bravely and consistently proclaim the gospel message that every person needs to hear. More and more Kiwis, particularly those under age 30, have never heard an accurate presentation of the gospel communicated to them in a personal way.
God is calling the New Zealand church to discipleship. Disciples are fishers of people (Matthew 4:19), harvest workers (Matthew 9:38), and servants of the king (Matthew 22:3), who will stop at nothing to share the gospel message with as many people as possible. Will you be one of them?
We invite you to closely examine the verses below and make a list of all the principles you learn about evangelism. Then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, begin to put these principles into practice.
If you would like to receive training how to share the gospel in the New Zealand context, please contact us. We'd love to coach you so that you become a consistent personal evangelist.
Verses on Evangelism
2 Kings 7:9 9 [The lepers] said to one another, We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come. Let us go and tell the king’s household.
Psalm 96:2-3 2 Sing to Yahweh, bless his name. Tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Ecclesiastes 11:6 6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
Isaiah 52:7 7 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.
Ezekiel 3:17-19 17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.
Daniel 12:3 3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Jonah 3:1-5 1 The word of Yahweh came to Jonah the second time saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you. 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of Yahweh. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown! 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
Matthew 9:36-38 36 When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Matthew 13:18-23 18 Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.
Matthew 22:8-10 8 [The king] said to his slaves, The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet. 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Matthew 24:14 14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 28:18-20 18 Jesus came and said to [the eleven disciples], All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Mark 4:26-29 26 The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground 27 and would sleep and rise night and day. And the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.
Mark 10:29-30 29 Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
Mark 16:15-16 15 Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned.
Luke 2:10-11 10 The angel said to [the shepherds], Fear not, for look, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord.
Luke 2:37-38 37 [Anna] did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of [Jesus] to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Luke 5:4-11 4 [Jesus] said to Simon, Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch. 5 Simon answered, Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets. 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man! 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching people. 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 8:38-39 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with [Jesus], but Jesus sent him away saying, 39 Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you. So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
Luke 10:3-16 3 Go your way. Look, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house! 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near. …16 The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.
Luke 14:16-24 16 A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, Come, for everything is now ready. 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, crippled, blind, and lame. 22 And the servant said, Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room. 23 And the master said to the servant, Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.
Luke 24:46-47 46 It is written that the Messiah should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that a change of mind for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
John 4:35-38 35 Do you not say, There are yet four months, then comes the harvest? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, One sows, and another reaps. 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.
John 16:8-11 8 When [the Helper] comes, he will convict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Acts 1:8 8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 4:31 31 When [the believers] had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Acts 5:20 20 Go stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.
Acts 5:28 28 We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching.
Acts 5:42 42 Every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Messiah is Jesus.
Acts 6:7 7 The word of God continued to increase, the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
Acts 8:4-6 4 Those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Messiah. 6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did.
Acts 8:34-35 34 The eunuch said to Philip, About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus.
Acts 9:20 20 Immediately [Paul] proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues saying, He is the Son of God!
Acts 10:42-43 42 [Jesus] commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets testify that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
Acts 14:1-7 1 At Iconium [Paul and Barnabas] entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5 When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and stone them, 6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country. 7 And there they continued to preach the gospel.
Acts 17:2-5 2 Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with [the Jews of Thessalonica] from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, This Jesus whom I proclaim to you is the Messiah. 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous.
Acts 17:16-20 16 While Paul was waiting for [Silas and Timothy] at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, What does this babbler wish to say? Others said, He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus saying, May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.
Acts 18:4-6 4 [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Messiah was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the nations.
Acts 18:19 19 [Paul] himself went into the [Ephesian] synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
Acts 18:24-28 24 A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Messiah was Jesus.
Acts 19:8-10 8 [Paul] entered the [Ephesian] synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
Acts 19:26 26 Not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods.
Acts 23:11 11 The Lord stood by [Paul] and said, Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.
Acts 26:16-29 16 Rise and stand upon your feet, for I [Jesus] have appeared to you [Paul] 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 nations 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. 19 Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the nations, that they should change their minds and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their change of mind. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Messiah must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the nations. 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? 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.
Acts 28:23-24 23 When [the Jews of Rome] had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.
Acts 28:30-31 30 [Paul] lived [in Rome] two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Messiah with all boldness and without hindrance.
Romans 1:14-16 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 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.
Romans 10:8-17 8 The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim). 9 Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame. 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. For the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us? 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Messiah.
Romans 15:17-21 17 In Messiah Jesus…I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Messiah has accomplished through me to bring the nations to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Messiah. 20 And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Messiah has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation. 21 But as it is written, Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.
1 Corinthians 1:17 17 Messiah did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Messiah be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 16 If I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I practice this willingly, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Messiah) that I might win those outside the law. 22 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. 23 I do it all on account of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 15 We are the aroma of Messiah to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Messiah.
2 Corinthians 4:2-4 2 We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 18 God…through Messiah reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Messiah God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Messiah, God making his appeal through us: We implore you on behalf of Messiah, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Ephesians 6:19-20 19 Pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains—that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Colossians 4:3-6 3 Pray…for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Messiah, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 5 Our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 1 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error, impurity, or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Messiah. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 9 For you remember, brothers and sisters, our labor and toil. We worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy, righteous, and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you, encouraged you, and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 1 Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.
2 Timothy 4:5 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:16 17 The Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the nations might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
1 Peter 2:9 9 You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of [God] who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 3:15-16 15 In your hearts honor Messiah 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, 16 having a good conscience, so that when you are slandered those who revile your good behavior in Messiah may be put to shame.
1 Peter 4:6 6 This is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
Revelation 14:6-7 6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 And he said with a loud voice: Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.