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World Evangelism

Posted: March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Evangelism”  some have heard the word but have no clue what it means.  Some people have never heard of the word.  This is the focus for today’s blog.  I feel everyone should know the term and how it effects them.  For those people who know what evangelism is, they should keep reminding themselves about it.  Let’s jump right on in!

Evangelism is defined by Carm as, “The announcement, proclamation, and/or preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), the good news of and about Jesus Christ. Therefore, the gospel is a communicated message—communicated in verbal (Luke 7:22; Romans 10:14-17) and/or written (Luke 1:1-4) form.”

What does Evangelism have to do with us?  The greek word which evangelism derives from is εὐαγγέλιον, from εὐάγγελος (euangelos, “bringing good news”), from εὖ (eu, “good”) + ἄγγελος (angelos, “messenger”).  Either someone should be telling you the good news or if you are a believer then you should be proclaiming the good news.  Good news?  The good news referred to here is the Gospel.  R. C. Sproul explains the gospel HERE.  R. C. Sproul tells us, “There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel.”  Everyone born on this earth is born into bondage to sin.  The Gospel is the good news of Jesus, His life, what He did, and what He is currently doing to set us free from that bondage.

If Jesus is the gospel then how should we be sharing the gospel?  We can’t physically go back to the day when he died.  We won’t find his bones in the tomb because He is alive.  Our words, in and of themselves, do not change anything.  This story of Jesus in it’s fullness must spoken of with faith that the Lord will do everything He said He would.  The same Holy Spirit which beckoned me to faith in Christ also calls me to preach the gospel.  This Holy Spirit will call people to forsake themselves and follow after Christ through faith. This applies to you as well.  How do people hear about the good news if we don’t say anything?  Evangelism isn’t changing hearts, making people follow rules, or making people follow a culture.  Evangelism and the gospel are well beyond just the culture we live in.  This message we are proclaiming is for all nations, tongues, tribes, races, gender, ethnicity and creed.  Everyone is born into the bondage of sin so they must be saved.  You can proclaim the gospel in the American church or you could be overseas in another country.  You could be in a nonreligious society, where they have never heard of Jesus, or in a very religious Hindu state with many gods.  The method of proclaiming the gospel may change but the gospel won’t!

The gospel should be in its fullness.  Don’t just share a message about sin and leave people there.  Don’t tell people Jesus died for them and then never tell them about His resurrection! Don’t tell people about Jesus life, death, and resurrection without showing the person/s about his ascension!  Don’t tell people about Jesus life, death, resurrection, and ascension without mentioning that Jesus is still ruling today!  The entirety of scripture points to the ruling and reigning through the eyes of the kingdom.  If we aren’t telling people how Jesus did all of these things, and how He rules today, then how would they know their lives can be lived as worship to the King?  This is why so many people feel Christians are about rules and imposing moral sanctions.  All the sudden this “christian” thing is about holding rules and what we can and can’t do.  If we show people the full gospel then people will realize the importance of their life.  When they see they are created for a higher purpose of serving a King, to lift Him up, they don’t see rules.  People realize that their entire life has been in backwards worship of themselves and giving their life over to Satan and his kingdom.  They have long been a slave to a false king!  The TRUE King exposes the lie and shows how He is worthy of turning over a new leaf.  The True King abolishes slavery to the old king and calls us to be a new servant of Him.  When we start serving the True King, which rules right now, then rules are thrown out and everything becomes about His exaltation.  In Mark 1:15 Jesus said, ““The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  Jesus would know what the gospel is.  The gospel is Him living a perfect life, dying for sin to make his followers clean, raising from the dead to defeat the evil one, and now His ruling.  He was forecasting what was coming soon upon the people He was teaching to.  His life was perfect and He made claims about the kingdom.  He was telling them to be ready… this time is at hand.  Repent for He had the key to everything.  He was the messiah they longed for.

If the fullness of the gospel is proclaimed will the person react well?  Why does this question even pop up into our minds?  As a believer we have to quit thinking that sharing the gospel should be easy or hard.  We just need to do it as the Spirit leads.  In Acts we see the apostles doing whatever they have to do for evangelism.  They were no slacker to opposition and they celebrated new converts.  They would have stones throne at them, left beaten, jailed, and killed for preaching the gospel.  Stephen would stand before the same council of people that killed Jesus but He still talked about his king!  Then we see all over scripture the new converts (especially ones healed of lameness, blindness, etc) be over come with joy and exuberance.  Either way there will be feed back and either way God called you to spread the gospel.  He will refine you through every experience.  God will show you how the Holy Spirit will guide your conversation.  The Holy Spirit will help you defend your own faith in the gospel.  Just trust and walk with the Lord.  You may be spreading the gospel in your own home, at a coffee shop, church, in a country that persecutes Christians, to people who claim atheism, or to people who believe something entirely.  Your job isn’t to convert people but be willing to be used of God.  Don’t you want to be His vessel?

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