Thursday, December 4, 2008

What is Evangelism.....

My heart has been getting stirred up by the Lord the last two weeks. I have found myself becoming complacent again. Then as one of my earlier posts stated He reminded me of what I am to do. We are called to go out into all the world and proclaim the good news.
How many of us define the words evangelist or evangelism with someone who comes to a church and speaks a good message for revivals? It was over a year ago that the Lord reminded me that evangelist should be going out. And that He(God) is the one who brings revival not man. The best we can do is just temporary. What God does is permenant when it comes to revival.
So check out this definitions:
Evangelism: Zealous preaching and dissemination of the gospel, as through missionary work; the work of an evangelist.
Dissemination: to scatter or spread widly, as though sowing seeds; promulgate extensively; broadcast; disperse.
Promulgation: to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally to set forth or teach publicaly.
2Timothy 4: 1-5 "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word: be ready in season and out of season: reprove , rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be soberminded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
Titus 2:11-15 "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you."
The words to Timothy from Paul speaks volumes. We are to be ready in season and out of season to proclaim the word. We are to rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
We should be zealous for good works. A Godly zealous not a pep talk type of zealousness that fades away after the meetings. We need to be wanting to proclaim the good news. My heart is to go out and reach the lost. Granted it was God who put this on my heart heavily. It is something I long to do. The lost are out in the world. The lost are in our own fellowships. The lost are in our own families. We can all evangelize. We all are called to evangelize. Some may be on the street, inside buildings. And all in our own homes.
Most of all as Paul told Timothy " Let no one disregard you."


Lionel woods said...

I am actually going to post something on evangelistic methods.

Steven Owen said...

Great I look forward to commenting on your post.