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Day 15 | What is Evangelism?
Our word evangelism comes from the Greek word Euaggelion ( YOU-ANG-GEL-EON).
It is translated in scripture as “gospel” and is almost always preceded by some form of the word “proclaim.”
So “evangelism” as an idea or a concept is “to proclaim the gospel.” This is what this week’s discipline will be about… proclaiming the gospel. In order to apprehend God, we will seek to proclaim his gospel. When we think of it like that, evangelism takes on a different idea doesn’t it?
Evangelism is not simply telling non-Christians the gospel so they will believe in Jesus as their Savior. Evangelism is proclaiming the gospel. Sometimes, we get so caught up in what we think evangelism means that we forget to proclaim the gospel to ourselves.
Martin Luther said this of the gospel or evangelism:
“Here I must take counsel of the gospel. I must listen to the gospel, which teaches me, not what I ought to do, (for that is the proper office of the law), but what Jesus Christ the Son of God has done for me: that He suffered and died to deliver me from sin and death. The gospel wills me to receive this, and to believe it. And this is the truth of the gospel. It is also the principal article of all Christian doctrine, wherein the knowledge of all godliness consists. Most necessary it is, therefore, that we should know this article well, teach it unto others, and beat it into their heads continually.”
So we start our week focusing on evangelism by proclaiming the gospel (or evangelizing) our own hearts and minds. We want to meditate, think and pray through the gospel today, as Luther put it: “What Jesus Christ has done for me, that He suffered and died to deliver me from sin and death.”
Each day, we want to give you a “Gospel Verse” that is short and gospel-centric to read, memorize and/or meditate on throughout the day. Here’s today’s
GOSPEL VERSE: 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Use this verse to proclaim the gospel to your own heart today. Have a good day.
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