Yes, evangelism. I’ve been thinking about it recently. And I’ve been thinking about the countless amount of times in churches where I’ve been ordered to evangelise, because if I don’t then I’m not doing as the Lord commanded.
Though Jesus said if you love me, then you will obey my command (John 14:15). So, which is the first in line? Obeying commands, or loving Christ? I would go for loving Jesus.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that evangelism will come more naturally as we fall into a deeper relationship with Jesus. I’m not saying we won’t need to be prodded and/or encouraged at times; evangelism is daunting.
But what I’m saying is that if you love someone, you do things for that person without being asked to do them. Like, I’m not married, but I can safely say that a husband who loves his wife will do little things to demonstrate his love for her, won’t he? It’s no different with us and Jesus. If we love him, we won’t, or at least, shouldn’t need to be told to go and evangelise. I mean, there are people who love Jesus and don’t evangelise for various reasons, but that’s a whole different subject which I don’t want to go into. The point is that if you believe the right gospel, that is one where Jesus takes centre stage, that he loves you unconditionally despite your failings, has loved you to death – the death of the cross and has been resurrected in ultimate power for your freedom and your eternal life, then that is something you most definitely would want to share. That’s how I see it, anyway, though I’m open to change my mind, of course.
And on this note – evangelism isn’t the holiness test. It’s about being real. If your relationship with Jesus is real, then you should show that real relationship to your friends/colleagues/whoever. It’s no use putting on your Holy Hat and your Jesus loves you smile when you’re a completely different person. If you present a gospel or you present a ‘Jesus’ that you don’t believe in or follow (i.e being chained in legalism and rules, rather than being free from sin and alive in Christ), then what on earth are you thinking of in trying to persuade your friends to believe in the same lie that you’re presenting to them? Madness.
That’s something to think about isn’t it? Give me your thoughts. I’m open to them.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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So true. You’re relationship has to be real if you are going to tell people how amazing God is! Amen 🙂
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