27 Bible Verses about Spreading the Gospel

Sharing the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, is a central mission for believers worldwide. The Bible is rich with scriptures that not only command us to spread the word but also offer wisdom, encouragement, and examples of how to share our faith effectively.

“We don’t have to put on airs, for people come to Jesus desperately. We can look to the people who are discovering that desperation in their own life and speak to them with authority out of our brokenness and out of our discovery of God’s grace to meet us in those places.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

This blog post explores a selection of Bible verses about sharing the Gospel, from The Great Commission to the many references of evangelizing in Paul’s epistles throughout the New Testament scriptures.

Bible Verses About Spreading the Gospel

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus’ command to His disciples underscores the global mission of spreading the Gospel. It’s a call to action for all believers, promising Jesus’ presence with us as we fulfill this commission.

Mark 16:15

“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'”

This verse emphasizes the scope of our mission—to reach every corner of the earth with the message of salvation. It’s a reminder of the universal relevance and necessity of the Gospel.

Acts 1:8

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The promise of the Holy Spirit’s power is key to our ability to spread the Gospel. This verse encourages us that we’re not alone in our mission; the Holy Spirit empowers us to be effective witnesses.

Romans 10:14-15

“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? 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!'”

Paul’s rhetorical questions highlight the importance of preaching the Gospel for faith to arise in people’s hearts. It’s a call to action, emphasizing the beauty and necessity of the evangelist’s role.

2 Timothy 4:2

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

This verse speaks to the persistence and readiness required to spread the Gospel, emphasizing the need for patience and sound teaching in all circumstances.

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1 Peter 3:15

“But in your hearts honor Christ 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,”

Peter encourages believers to always be ready to share the reason for their hope in Christ, doing so with gentleness and respect. It’s a call to personal witness through both words and actions.

Ephesians 6:19-20

“And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Paul asks for prayers to speak boldly about the Gospel, even in the face of imprisonment, emphasizing the importance of courage in witnessing.

Matthew 5:16

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

This verse reminds us that spreading the Gospel isn’t just about words; it’s also about living in such a way that others are drawn to God through our lives.

Acts 20:24

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

Paul’s dedication to spreading the Gospel above all personal considerations serves as a powerful example of commitment to Christ’s mission.

Romans 1:16

“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.”

This verse encourages believers to boldly share the Gospel, emphasizing its power to save and transform lives across all cultural and ethnic boundaries.

1 Corinthians 9:16

“For 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!”

Paul expresses the compelling obligation he feels to preach the Gospel, highlighting the urgency and necessity of sharing the good news.

1 Corinthians 1:17

“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

This verse reminds us that the power of the Gospel does not depend on our eloquence but on the message of the cross itself.

2 Corinthians 5:20

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Believers are described as ambassadors for Christ, called to represent Him and implore others to be reconciled to God.

Colossians 4:3-4

“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”

This request for prayer highlights the need for divine opportunities and clarity in spreading the Gospel message.

Acts 4:20

“For we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

The early disciples’ inability to keep silent about their experiences with Jesus illustrates the natural overflow of witnessing His works.

Luke 24:47-48

“And that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

Jesus commands His followers to be witnesses to the world, emphasizing the global scope of the Gospel mission.

John 4:35

“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.”

Jesus encourages His disciples to recognize the urgency of spreading the Gospel, using the metaphor of a ripe harvest ready to be gathered.

Acts 13:47

“For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'”

This verse reiterates the call to be a light to the nations, bringing the message of salvation to every corner of the globe.

Romans 15:20

“And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation,”

Paul’s ambition to preach the Gospel in uncharted territories challenges believers to extend their evangelistic efforts beyond familiar boundaries.

Philippians 1:27

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,”

This verse calls believers to live in a way that reflects the Gospel, promoting unity and collective effort in spreading the faith.

Matthew 9:37-38

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'”

Jesus highlights the great need for workers in the spiritual harvest and urges prayer for more laborers to spread the Gospel.

These verses collectively underscore the Christian mandate to share the Gospel, equipped by the Holy Spirit, motivated by love for God and others, and driven by the urgency of the mission.

Final Thoughts about Spreading the Gospel

The Bible makes it clear that spreading the Gospel is not optional but a central aspect of the Christian life. It’s a mission filled with challenges but also with divine support and the promise of eternal impact.

“Our gospel joy is authentic and satisfying only if we desire to taste this joy in the hearts of other people.”

Dr. John Piper
  • How can you incorporate spreading the Gospel into your daily life?
  • What fears or hesitations do you have about sharing your faith, and how can Scripture encourage you?
  • In what ways can you prepare yourself to share the Gospel with gentleness and respect?

As we reflect on these verses and questions, let’s pray for the courage, wisdom, and opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around us. May we be inspired by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel with love, patience, and urgency, fulfilling the great commission entrusted to us.