Sept. 19, 2016

Matthew 28:19-20, John 20:21, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

What is evangelism?

The dictionary defines evangelism as “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.” When Jesus gave the Great Commission, he wasn’t making a suggestion. He was giving a command. Evangelism is not just something a Christian should do, it is something we are commanded and called to do. Rico Tice explains: “When Jesus gave his Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20), he meant for us to cross the street to share the gospel with our neighbor just as much as he meant for us to cross the seas to bring the gospel to unreached people groups. Both are essential; neither are optional. And if you’re not called to do the latter, then you are commanded to do the former.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 describes Christians as “ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.”

Look at the definition for evangelism again. Notice the method for how evangelism takes place. It is both public and personal. We are called to actively participate in Christ’s mission to “seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10, ESV). What does it look like for you to be an ambassador for Christ? Pray for opportunities to share your faith with a relative, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or any other person that crosses your path as you go through the week.