The 5 functions of the church are Evangelism, Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship and Mission. Evangelism seems to have fallen into an unfortunate place where it as seen as a church program, a calling or the work of one department inside of the church. In fact, evangelism is a lifestyle which should be exhibited in the life of every follower of Christ.
So then, what is Evangelism?
If you have the time, read Acts 8:25-40
I think this is a great example of what evangelism is all about. In the simplest forms it is knowing the story of God, knowing how God changed your life, and telling other’s. We see Philip here in Acts Chapter 8. He is prompted by the Holy Spirit to speak to the Ethiopian, He is obedient and does so. He tells the story of God and then it says he vanished (seriously check that out, it’s a crazy exit).
I have witnessed to people. I have walked up to complete strangers and told them about Christ. Those have been profound expereinces for me but somehow seem to lack defintion for what my life’s work of evangelism should be. Some of us are bold and are called to preach to strangers. However, all of us are comissioned to tell our story of how Christ changed our life.
One other thing I would add about Phillip—he was listening for the opportunity to share about Christ. Living a life of evangelism is about waiting expectantly and listening for God to open up opportunities where we may tell others the good news.
It’s easier to say one guy has the gift of evangelism, so I don’t have to embarass myself and risk coming across as a “Jesus Freak.” I get that. But when only one guy tells the story it hardly sounds like a movement. When all of us tell our story, those who do not know Christ will be amazed at what’s going on around them.
In His Grip,