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Christian Evangelism Canada

Ed HirdThe Rev Ed Hird of St Simon's Anglican Church North Vancouver, B.C. wrote 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 was 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 Ceylon Methodist Church. A theological definition of evangelism from a previous generation of Anglicans came 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." In today's terms, all people whether man or woman, boy or girl should follow Christ.

God's Saving Act

Archbishop Rowan WilliamsBishop Conlin at the General Synod in Peterborough, Ontario in 1980 explained that evangelism was, "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, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams (1950-present) who has interestingly now become Baron Williams of Oystermouth summed up "evangelism" as, "Finding out what God is doing and joining in." Archbishop Williams apparently spoke three languages and read nine more! I like his definition most of all!

"Present Jesus Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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