Acts 2:37-42, “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Evangelism is part of every pulpit ministry. Every sermon ought to point to the cross. Every sermon ought to invite and command sinners to repent and believe the gospel. This doesn’t mean that every sermon is an evangelistic sermon, per se, but every sermon ought to include these elements.

Part of pulpit evangelism also includes issuing a public invitation to sinners to respond to the gospel in faith (not referring to an alter-call followed by the ‘sinners prayer’). This is not for the purpose of manipulation but to issue a genuine opportunity “with urgency, passion, and even persuasion.”

The old Methodist catechism said, ‘You have nothing to do but save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in that work.’ Yet, the results of evangelism are impossible to achieve apart from the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.