During my time at seminary, I’ve been required to read several books on the subjects of evangelism and church growth. After considering their conclusions and comparing these to Scripture, I’ve decided that Jesus was not a very good evangelist.
When he called his first disciples, he didn’t tell them about his good plan for their lives; he simply said, “Follow me.”
When he talked to Nicodemus, Jesus didn’t point out his sins; he simply talked about the new life in the Spirit.
When he talked to the Samaritan woman by the well, Jesus didn’t call her to repent; he just announced himself as the Messiah.
When he talked to the “rich, young ruler,” he didn’t tell the man to simply believe or trust him or pray to him; he told him to sell all he had and give to the poor and follow him.
When he forgave the paralytic, he did so based on his friends’ faith.
When he cast demons out of people, he often told them to not tell other people about him.
When Jesus ate at Zacchaeus’ house, he seemed pleased that Zacchaeus talked about his works of giving back to the poor, but Jesus never told him to make sure he had faith.
When Pilate asked Jesus if he was the king of the Jews, Jesus did not give a very convincing apologetic argument.
When he met Paul on the road to Damascus, Jesus left out almost every point in the Roman Road, E.E., C.W.T., F.A.I.T.H., and any other evangelism method.
No, Jesus was not a very good evangelist… at least, not according to most Christian definitions and descriptions of a good evangelist.