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Evangelism: Speak Up!

What evangelism activities are you involved in? Many Christians have realised evangelism is more than telling others about God. But we do need to use words.

Evangelism Activities Spread the Good News

Evangelism activities seek to spread the Good News that Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead and now offers the forgiveness of sins and the freedom of life in the Holy Spirit to all who turn from their sin and believe. For some time, our understanding of evangelism activities was limited to preaching and proclaiming this message and seeking an instant decision for Christ. But in recent years, we have noticed that many people come to faith not during one identifiable moment of decision, but over a longer journey. So we have come to see that a Christ-centred view of mission is that all the things we do are evangelism activities.

There are many ways in which we can spread God’s Good News and help people on their journey to faith. This includes “traditional” evangelism activities but also choosing to live as a true disciple of Jesus in our homes, neighbourhoods and workplaces; showing hospitality; being generous with our money and time; cutting people some slack when the mess up; forgiving those who hurt us; loving our enemies; serving the poor and working for social justice. All of these things, and many others, can help people experience something of God’s love in their eyes, which can help them towards faith.

Strike the Right Balance

But there is a balance to be had. Evangelist and long-serving leader of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) could have been speaking about The Salvation Army in particular when he once said:

Evangelism without social work is deficient; social work without evangelism is impotent.

Preaching and proclaiming without some of the other evangelism activities I’ve listed is deficient. These days, people need to experience at first hand that the Christian gospel is relevant to their lives. Soft, calm and thoughtful words and actions may resonate more in today’s society than Bible waving and shouting at passers-by. But meeting people’s social needs without words is, in more cases than not, impotent. Wordless evangelism activities do not often spark discussion. It is difficult for someone to believe in Jesus and repent of their sin and be made a disciple, without someone telling them about it with words.

Preach the Gospel with Your Life, But Use Words Too

So preach the gospel with your whole life. It speaks volumes when Christians live lives that display a calm confidence in God. Take part in as many evangelism activities as you can. But for the sake of those who need to hear the Good News, use words too.

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