Can the Uneducated, Common Christian Evangelize?


One of the greatest hindrances to evangelism is the belief that evangelists must be educated.

I’ve heard it a thousand times: “What if they ask me something I don’t know? I’ve never studied theology. Evangelism is not my thing. I’ll leave it to the guys who are trained to do it.”

Wait a minute.

We have the gospel, and we know the gospel, but we think we can’t share it because other Christians . . . know the gospel better?

How so? It came to you in simple terms, did it not? You understood it, did you not? You were saved by it, were you not?

The gospel is profound – and profoundly simple, so that even a child can understand its truths. We must only relay the message. It’s not our job to give them ears.

Now, lest you think I’m saying theological education is not important . . .

It’s like this – educate yourself, but don’t wait until you’re educated to go next door and get the conversation started.

It is quite possible for uneducated, common Christians to show the world they’ve been with Jesus.

How do I know?

Well, the rulers and elders and scribes – those blind, hard-hearted people in the Bible who would never listen? – they heard the gospel message from Peter and John . . .

saw their boldness . . .

perceived that they were uneducated, common men . . .

were astonished . . .

and recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Check it out for yourself:

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

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