Christianity 201

July 21, 2011

Evangelism and Your Role

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From Brian Jones in his book, Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) publishing next month from David C. Cook.

…God has done His part and has now passed on to us the responsibility to reach every single person in our circles of influence.  As the great missionary Robert E. Speer once wrote:

Jesus Christ alone can save the world but even Jesus Christ cannot save the world alone. He has no feet with which to go to the world but human feet; no lips with which to speak to the world but human lips; no eyes with which to look out upon the world but human eyes.  The abounding needs of the world can only be met by the abounding sufficiency of Christ as men and women offer themselves as the channels of His grace to the world that is waiting for the light it is to bring.

But evangelism isn’t just about responsibility though that’s a large part of it.  The ministry of reconciliation is also a tremendous privilege. 

In II Cor. 5:17 Paul wrote, “If anyone is in Christ the new creation has come.”  In the English translation you miss the force of the original Greek. The phrase literally reads, “If anyone is in Christ, new creation” There is no verb; it’s just a noun and an adjective and it’s written as if it’s a loud proclamation.  “New Creation!” You can feel a sense of awe even in Paul’s simple phrasing.

Every time we help someone walk across the line of faith we get a front row seat to watch an astonishing act of creation. But unlike the acts of creation detailed in Genesis, this creation happens in the heart unseen by human eyes. But it’s just as miraculous nonetheless.

That’s why evangelism is a privilege; it’s not just a have to, but a get to

Brian Jones pp. 166-7

Read a review of the book at Thinking Out Loud

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