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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: Sharing Our Faith with Others
By gene hudgens
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Do we truly remember our Lord’s words, “Go ye into the entire world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)…or as John Mott once worded it: “Carrying the Gospel to the entire non-Christian world.” So, “Evangelism” is a set of intentional activities which is governed by the goal of initiating people into the kingdom of God for the first time.” Evangelism is when we share our faith with others. It is zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel. Preaching is the spreading of Christianity, especially through the activities of evangelists. In past apostolic times the term evangelist referred to a writer of a Gospel, that is, to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Today, as always the evangelistic message is centered uniquely in a Person…the Lord Jesus Christ.
Evangelism (from the Greek) means “gospel” or “good news.” The dynamic thrust of evangelism is manifested in the New Testament. Even though the word “evangelism” does not occur in the Bible, it is woven into the very fabric of Scripture through out the Bible. The “good news is Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised from the dead, was given lordship over all creation, and is coming again to deliver ‘the kingdom to the God and Father.’ We must be careful to never obscure the biblical and theological content of the gospel with present social thoughts. We respect the biblical gospel because it has the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith. There fore we must be careful and not water-down or misinterpret the biblical with modern day baloney. Self centered objectives such as a primary goal in increasing “our congregation” numbers are sinful.
Evangelism is the presenting of Jesus Christ, so that men will accept Him as their Savior from the guilt and power of sin, and declare Him Lord as they seek to follow Him in their daily lives. We are all in need of evangelism. It doesn’t matter if we have never heard of Jesus before or if our name is Billy Graham. We need to hear the ‘good news’ daily.
Time is running out. There is an urgency to gather in all lost souls to the Kingdom of God. Tomorrow may be too late. The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. Every generation is important, but we are primarily responsible for our own generation. We are not responsible for past generations and we can not feel full responsibility for the future…but we are responsible for our present generation. God warned us; “To whom much is given much is required.” All of us must meet our challenge daily.
Apparently many feel that we are on the road to Armageddon. Our daily lives are surrounded with danger, crisis, fear and death. The fires of lust, hate, passion and greed are near our door steps, but we with out God can not control the flames.
Too many Christians encourage problems on earth by laziness and unwillingness to aggressively fight to prevent or eliminate solvable problems. An example is ignorantly allowing the world population to increase at a nightmare rate. Even an idiot should be able to see the outcome. We already live in a world threatened by poverty and disease. Over-population will add insoluble political problems and awful psychological problems. This one major problem is the major obstruction to effective evangelism.
The harvest is ripe, but the over-population is increasing ideological differences that separate us; thus speeds mankind towards a world-wide racial war, which will be too horrible to imagine. There fore, today scientists, educators and editors are accepting the responsibility to fill the job of the “evangelist” as they try to warn us of a possible horrible future. What a shameful reputation for Christians, as earth becomes a neighborhood without being a brotherhood.
Shameful also is the f act that the official council of the World Council of Churches is so confused and divided with deep theological differences that it is impossible for them to adopt a fundamental definition of evangelism. Thus the leadership is unable to give authoritative Biblical guideline to the Church. It appears that the World Council of Churches is failing the world with its inability to produce clear evangelistic and missionary guidance for the remainder of this century.
There fore it appears that many church leaders are forming definitions to fit one’s own social taste.
Every Christian must pray more for God’s guidance and try harder to be effective evangelists.
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