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Evangelism holds a pivotal place in the practice of true worship. It is not merely a command or a duty, but it is an act of reverence, an outpouring of love, and an essential part of our relationship with God. Through evangelism, we embody the love of Christ, share the gospel message, and invite others to participate in the transformative power of faith.
The Biblical Mandate
The practice of evangelism is a Biblical mandate, as explicitly laid out in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV): “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”
This passage underscores that evangelism is not optional for believers; it is a central part of our mission. In sharing the gospel, we honor God by obeying His command.
Evangelism as Worship
Evangelism is more than obedience; it is an act of worship. It is a demonstration of our love for God and our desire to see His glory known. Romans 15:9 (ESV) says, “and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, ‘Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.'”
When we evangelize, we bear witness to the mercy of God, inviting others to join in the praise and worship of our Creator.
The Heart of Evangelism: Love
The practice of evangelism should be motivated by love—love for God and love for our neighbors. In Mark 12:30-31 (ESV), Jesus says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
By sharing the gospel, we show our love for others, desiring for them to know the love and grace we have found in Christ.
Evangelism and the Body of Christ
Evangelism also plays a critical role in the growth and health of the body of Christ—the Church. In Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV), Paul writes, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,”
Through evangelism, new believers are added to the Church, the body of Christ is built up, and the work of the ministry continues.
Evangelism is not just a task to be completed but a vital aspect of our worship, reflecting our love for God and for our fellow human beings. It is through evangelism that we obey God’s command, express our love, glorify God, and participate in the growth of His Church. As we undertake this sacred responsibility, we find that evangelism enriches our own faith and draws us into deeper communion with God.
Evangelism, in essence, is the heartbeat of true worship. It’s a life-giving act that reflects the heart of God, extending His love and grace to all. As we engage in evangelism, we are participating in the very mission of God, joining Him in His redemptive work in the world.