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6. Evangelism Meaning

Sharing Your Faith

Holy BibleJesus explains the meaning of the word "evangelism" in the "Great Commission" of Matthew 28.18-20. He says to his disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and 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." The call to the disciples is to go and evangelize all nations. They spread out from Jerusalem into all parts of the Roman Empire.

Meaning of Evangelist

FishermanThe Apostle Paul further explains the personal work of the evangelist in Philemon 1.6. He writes, "I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ." The Living Bible version is more transparent, "And I pray that as you share your faith with others, it will grip their lives too, as they see the wealth of good things in you that come from Christ Jesus." Again in 2 Timothy 4.5, Saint Paul writes to his colleague Timothy, "But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."

Becoming a Christian

WikipediaEvangelism is an activity whereby a Christian presents the Good News of Jesus and explains it to a non-Christian, to encourage that person to commit themselves to become a Christian. Evangelist Ray Comfort elaborated on this saying, "The meaning of 'evangelist' comes from the Koine Greek word (the universal language of ordinary people) transcribed as 'euangelion' via the Latin 'Evangelium.'" Evangelism is the process whereby people become Christians!

Christian Evangelism Canada

Sensitively Sharing

Ed HirdThe Rev Ed Hird of St Simon's Anglican Church North Vancouver, British Columbia, writes about Christian evangelism in Canada. "Evangelism is sensitively sharing your faith in Jesus Christ, dead and risen, so that others may be able to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, in the fellowship of the Church." Dr. D. T. Niles of Ceylon (1908-1970) gives us a simple yet more profound meaning of evangelism. He writes that evangelism is "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. The Archbishop's Commission of 1918 gives us a theological definition of evangelism from a previous generation of Anglicans. It explains, "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 men or women, boys or girls, should follow Christ.

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, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams (1950-present), who has interestingly now become Baron Williams of Oystermouth sums up "evangelism" as, "Finding out what God is doing and joining in." Archbishop Williams speaks three languages and reads nine more! I like his definition most of all!

"Evangelism Meaning"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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