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June 8, 2018, 8:32 AM

Evangelism--a big word with big results


There are a lot of "churchy" words that we may have heard all of your life but we just can't quite pin down what they mean. Redemption, justification, propitiation, fellowship...these are a few words you might have heard throughout your life, but if you were asked to give a strict definition of them you would have a hard time. 

Another one is evangelism. What exactly is evangelism? The dictionary defines it as the preaching or promulgation of the Gospel. That doesn't really help a whole lot. Let me help you pin down what evangelism is. 

Evangelism is...service, compassion, making friends, kindness...it's all of these things. When Jesus was questioned in Matthew chapter nine about eating at Matthew's house with a bunch of sinners he answered the critics by telling them, "For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Jesus was doing his mission, which was evangelism, by eating with a bunch of sinners. When Jesus is criticized for going to the house of Zaccheus, a despised tax collector, he simply says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost." Jesus was evangelism by hanging out with Zaccheus at his house. 

Some of you love to serve others. This is when you really feel like you are hitting a home run. You are evangelizing when you serve lost people. Some of you have a big heart. You have the gift of compassion. When you listen to someone, when you allow someone to cry on your shoulder you are doing evangelism. Some of you are very social. When you golf, or fish, or watch a football game with someone who is lost you are evangelizing. 

Evangelism is not for just a certain type of person. Evangelism is not a certain method. Evangelism is about taking on the mission of Jesus to seek and save the lost in your everyday life in ways that make sense to you. 

So go out there this week and evangelize! 


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