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Bringing them Together

Knife Slicing TomatoChristian evangelism truth is the "wonderful message" we are called to announce concerning the liberating news of Jesus Christ. "Truth" means "being faithful to a standard like the Ten Commandments, being in accord with a fact or a reality, or even authenticity" in a modern sense. Truth slices through religious and moral confusion but is unfortunately warped by our modern consumer society even by some Christians and Churches. This is normally done in order to line up what we are supposed to believe with the atheistic standards and politically correct norms of our society. Some people say for example that to murder is wrong but to murder an unborn child in an abortion is not. On the contrary, Christians find their truth not in the accepted norms of society but in the Word of God, the Bible.✞

Truth or Moral Confusion

Bible StudyIt is incredibly exciting to be gripped by the power of the Christian Gospel. Christian truth as addressed in John 8.32 where Jesus says, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Truth sanctifies or makes holy the believer according to John 17.17 where Jesus prays for his disciples, " Sanctify them by [or "them to live in accordance with"] the truth; your word is truth." This is a call from God to adopt Biblical standards in our lives and live by them no matter the consequences. Spiritual truth strengthens and holds us together as in Ephesians 6.14 "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place." Truth establishes us in the Christian Faith as in 2 Peter 1.12 "So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have." We "speak truth in love" as in Ephesians 4.15 where Paul writes, "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ."

Guides Examines Obeys

Charles PriceWe are guided and led by truth according to John 16.13 " But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." We are examined by truth in Psalm 51.6, "Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place." We are to obey truth according to 1 Peter 1.22, "Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. [Some early manuscripts "from a pure heart"]"

Rejoice To Share

Wilson Carlile of Church ArmyWe rejoice in truth according to 1 Corinthians 13.6 "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." And we should share truth freely as in 1 Thessalonians 1.8, "The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia - your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it"

Global Conscience

The Late Dr John StottThe late Dr John Stott (1921-2011) who was an English Christian leader and author saw evangelism from a broad perspective. He wrote "We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." Evangelism is further defined by Dr Charles Price as Senior Pastor of People's Church Toronto and the TV program "Living Truth" who studied at the same Bible Training Institute in Glasgow that I did. He wrote that evangelism is "A committed Christian who is sent by a guiding God to a seeking soul." An old Church Army definition adds beautifully, "People are wonderful, Jesus is wonderful, and bringing them together is most wonderful of all".

"Christian Evangelism Truth"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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