Her action, in adherence to Christ's word and under the influence of his grace and his charity, is fully and currently present to all people and all peoples, to lead them to faith in Christ, cf.
This task has lost none of its urgency. We cannot reconcile ourselves to the thought that after 2, years there are still people who do not know Christ and have never heard his Message of salvation. And this is not all; an increasing number of people, although they have received the Gospel proclamation, have forgotten or abandoned it and no longer recognize that they belong to the Church; and in many contemporary contexts, even in traditionally Christian societies, people are averse to opening themselves to the word of faith.
A cultural change nourished by globalization, by currents of thought and by the prevalent relativism, is taking place. The universal mission involves all, all things and always. The Gospel is not an exclusive possession of whoever has received it but a gift to share, good news to communicate.
All activities are involved in it. It is important that both individual baptized people and ecclesial communities be involved in the mission, not sporadically or occasionally but in a constant manner, as a form of Christian life. Evangelization is a complex process and entails various elements. Among them missionary animation has always paid special attention to solidarity. This is also one of the objectives of World Mission Day which, through the Pontifical Mission Societies, requests aid in order to carry out the tasks of evangelization in mission territories.
The Servant of God Paul VI reaffirmed that in evangelization it is unacceptable to disregard areas that concern human advancement, justice and liberation from every kind of oppression, obviously with respect for the autonomy of the political sphere. Through the daily routine of family life together, they pointed Timothy to the Lord. The most natural place to share the gospel is with our families.
Most of us have a mom and dad, brothers and sisters. You may even have children or grandchildren. These are yourfamily members. It should be natural for you to point the people you love the most to the Savior. I grew up in a non-Christian family, and I know how hard it can be to share Christ with those who knew me before I was a Christian.
I appreciate how Randy Newman says evangelizing family members is hard but good work:. Sharing the gospel with family members and close friends is difficult. I often fail, but I pray for opportunities to powerfully herald the goodness of the gospel. But whether it is with family members or others God placed around us, we should all try to share the gospel naturally.
In other words, we should make every effort to share where we are, among the people in our sphere of influence. This could be our family, friends, co-workers, or our neighbors. We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything 1 Thess.
They shared the gospel that saved them. It went everywhere, to the market, the workplace, and city hall. But how did this happen? Did they schedule a revival? Did they hold a tent meeting? Did they plan a Family Fun Fall Festival? They spoke so freely about Jesus that they gained a reputation, far and wide, as a people whose own lives had been changed by the gospel. I am simply pointing out God has given us relationships, and the most natural means of spreading the good news is opening yourself up to the very people God has put near you.
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They welcomed her into their home. She describes Christian hospitality as a unique opportunity to welcome those who are on the fringes and alone. We make gospel bridges into our home because we notice the people around us and their needs. We see people whom God has put into our lives—especially the difficult ones—as image bearers of a holy God and therefore deserving of our best.
Hospitality is image-bearer driven not time, convenience, or calendar driven.
If it were, none of it would happen. God also uses our gatherings. He uses the ordinary means of grace like preaching and singing to bring unbelievers within earshot of your testimony. Are you sensitive to the fact that God often brings unbelievers to your church gathering? Are you thoughtful to reach out to visitors, to seek to get to know them, to not assume they know Christ, but to gently and kindly see what they believe about our Savior?
Through hospitality in the home and the gatherings of the church, you have many natural opportunities to share the gospel. Christians love to count. Let me speak for my own tribe for a moment: Baptists love to count! We count how many decisions made for Christ, how many people baptized, how many missionaries sent, and how many churches planted.
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We are a counting people. Counting is not inherently wrong, keeping records and tracking results has its place though I would encourage you to read 2 Samuel 24 carefully. But who would argue Jonah was more faithful than Jeremiah? In the context of evangelism, this means sharing the gospel regularly. Instead of counting the results, simply work on being consistent in your gospel proclamation.
Thankfully, we have in the apostle Paul a wonderful model. He shared the gospel regularly in the midst of great suffering. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.
On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again 2 Cor. Paul endured great pain in his evangelistic work throughout the Mediterranean.
This blessing is salvation granted through the ministry of Paul and his friends. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. The cries from hell make evangelism urgent. The painful cries from the scorched lips of lost sinners ought to give us a passion for souls. He will hold us accountable to share to truth that we know.
30 Quotes from The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (Mark Dever)
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. They think death ends all. Sadly, they do not realize their doom.