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Present Jesus Christ

The Rev Ed HirdThe Rev Ed Hird of St Simon's Anglican Church North Vancouver, B.C. writes that, "Christian Evangelism in Canada is sensitively sharing your faith in Jesus Christ, dead and risen, so that others may be given an opportunity to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, in the fellowship of the Church."

Sensitively Sharing Faith

The meaning of evangelism is also shaped in the simple yet profound words of Dr D. T. Niles of Ceylon (1908-1970) as, "One beggar telling another beggar where there is food." D. T. Niles was born in Northern Ceylon and became a Pastor, Evangelist and Official in the Methodist Church. A theological definition of evangelism from a previous generation of Anglicans comes in the Archbishop's Commission of 1918, "Evangelism is to present Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men should come to put their trust in God through Him, to accept Him as their Savior, and to serve Him as their King in the fellowship of the church."

God's Saving Act

Archbishop Rowan WilliamsBishop Conlin at the General Synod in Peterborough, Ontario in 1980 explained that evangelism is, "To bring the knowledge of God's saving act in Christ to our neighbor. To do evangelism well we must ourselves feel the importance of the message, we must have the desire to share it, and we must have the skill to say it effectively." Finally, Archbishop Rowan Williams (1950- ) the former Archbishop of Canterbury and interestingly now Baron Williams of Oystermouth who apparently speaks three languages and reads nine more summed up "evangelism" as, "Finding out what God is doing and joining in" I like that most of all!✞

"Christian Evangelism Canada"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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