How do we evangelise? Should we feel pressure to do so?

I’ve lifted this question by Teddy in its entirety from the previous thread, because I think its a worthwhile topic on its own.

Teddy asked:

A question. Do you believe that the church is responsible for accomplishing the very thing that God Himself accomplishes as part of His plan to wrap up this church age?

Jesus is building His own church and God adds daily those who are destined to be saved.

“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”

(Matt 16:18-19)

“AND THE LORD WAS ADDING to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

(Acts 2:47)

Should we feel pressured by notions of the “Great Commission” and the necessity to advance the gospel in order to accomplish Christ’s work? Does Christ accomplish what He has placed in His own hands. Yes. Our job is to tell the truth and preach His grace. But, the work of saving men and women eternally is His work, to His glory.

How does this all fit in to our various notions of “community”?

Do we preach and evangelize? Yes. How?

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Thanks Teddy.
RavingPente


2 thoughts on “How do we evangelise? Should we feel pressure to do so?

  1. If you read on in Matthew 16, you will see that Jesus tells us he is building his church, but he gives the keys to this building to the disciples. He tells us the Rock, or Foundation, of the Church is the revelation that he is the Christ. That is our message to a fallen world.

    In Matthew 28 he has all authority in heaven and earth, but he gives the commission for making disciples of all nations to the disciples. He then leaves.

    In Luke 24 and Acts 1 he tells the disciples to wait until they are endued with power from on high before they do anything. This power would empower them to be witnesses unto the uttermost.

    In Mark 16, Jesus tells his disciples to preach the gospel to everyone, and to expect signs to follow them as the Holy Spirit confirmed the Word preached.

    The Lord added daily to the Church because the Church was gathering daily, evangelising daily, and praying daily.

    There is much more on this, and it all leads us to the conclusion that God has released the ministry of the gospel into the hands of Jesus’ disciples in the earth.

    He said it was expedient that he leave us so that the Holy Spirit could empower all of his disciples. We were sent out to do the same things he did when he walked the earth. he trained his disciples to preach, teach, heal the sick and deliver the oppressed.

    He did not expect to do it all himself. He expected to be seated at the right hand of the Throne and intercede as we go about the business of publishing the kingdom.

    Romans 10:13-17
    For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  2. FL, our different views on Arminianism vs Calvinism, is going to impact on our methods. As I said on the other post, I don’t know who the Lord is saving but I still have a responsibilty to share my faith (and I’ve been accused of being too zealous in that area).

    The approach I take now is guided by my hope in a sovereign God who has written the names of those who are His, in the Lamb’s book of life before the foundation of the world – and life is so much simpler, in a strange sort of way.

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