The Importance of Evangelism in the Church Today
The Importance of Evangelism in the Church Today
Evangelism is sharing the good news of Christ's mission and His love for humanity. Convinced Christians know that they should be spreading the gospel, fulfilling their destiny from God. Because it is through preaching that they help others find their true purpose in life and overcome obstacles by faith in Jesus.
Mission and evangelism
“Mission” and “evangelism” express outside encouragement in Christianity. These concepts are closely related. Mission is usually a broader term that includes the process of evangelism itself.
Mission is the heart of the Bible message. The word is derived from the Latin verb “mitto” (noun “missio”), the Greek word “apostellō,” that means “to send.”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28: 19-20)
The word “evangelism” comes from the Greek word "euangelizō", which means "to announce good news." The verb and noun form of this word (usually translated as “gospel”) occurs 125 times in the New Testament. Another word for evangelism, “kērussō” (translated as “proclaim” or “preach”) occurs 59 times.
All of this suggests that evangelism involves the oral proclamation of the good news. The mission of Christians is a broader concept. Other mission activities can include social care and helping those in need. Though these activities people become willing to hear and listen to the gospel, for Jesus said,
"By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one another." (John 13:35)
However, evangelism is spreading the Good News, the Word of God: believe in Christ, that is, we become humble and to give up arrogance, put our trust in God and what He has done in Christ for our salvation.
Purpose and role of evangelism
Evangelism is the Christian's ability to follow God's great commission, make disciples for Jesus Christ, and promote the Bible study.
The importance of evangelism for the church today should not be underestimated. There are several reasons for this:
Through evangelism, many people are supported;
Evangelism is an opportunity to work with God and for God. “He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”(Luke 10: 2);
This proves our love for Jesus. “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15: 14-15);
Evangelism opens the door to healing. “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10: 9);
Evangelism is a call to repentance and the good news about forgiveness of sins;
Through preaching people can understand the Holy Scriptures. “Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him”(Acts 8: 30-31);
Evangelism unites all nations, races, tribes and cultures, reconciling humanity to God through Christ.
Evangelism is the work that Jesus would have been doing if he had not ascended to Heaven. The main role of evangelism is to preach the Word of God. Evangelism, or proclaiming the good news of Salvation in Jesus Christ, is the number one priority for the church.
What are the duties of an evangelist?
Jesus was the greatest evangelist. He was the one who revealed the truth about God. He walked on earth, drawing those around him to the Father. He was risen and ascended to heaven. He was seated on the right hand of God the Father. Today He continues His saving work together with the Holy Spirit, who is now on earth.
Jesus is the greatest evangelist and the perfect example to follow. He is an example of how we should treat people, regardless of their views and lifestyle. He is the best example of how we should live among unbelievers, how we should love them, serve them and tell them the truth. The apostles, the first disciples of Jesus, whom he sent into the world, accepted God's mission to go to all nations to bring the Gospel; and they also learned to follow Jesus' example in their lives.
The main duty of an evangelist is to follow Christ and help people. “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:1-2)
Obedience to Jesus means that we follow His example in teaching and bearing fruit, making disciples. Do you want to become a mentor for others or an evangelist?
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