Evangelism is the verbal proclaiming of the Christian Gospel
or, by extension, any other form of preaching or proselytizing. During his last days on earth,
Jesus commanded his disciples the following:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
– Matthew 28:19,20
In Christian tradition, the Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples, that they spread the faith to all the nations of the world. It has become a tenet in Christian theology emphasizing mission work and evangelism. It has been a primary basis for Christian missionary activity. Christians often characterize evangelism as "...one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread."