Evangelism

JESUS gave a great command and in doing so prepared the world for generations to continue HIS work, HIS love, and HIS promise of resurrected life.

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“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 28:19

The Evangelism Committee and congregation will reach out to people with the good news of Jesus Christ and receive people into the congregation so they may develop a relationship with God in a Christian community and grow as Christian disciples.

What is a Relationship with God and the Good News of Jesus Christ?
(Used by permission from “The Faith Sharing New Testament with Psalms, Cokesbury, 1996)
What is the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is God’s active and sovereign reign over all creation, over all that God has made. It is a new order of things where antagonisms between peoples, nations, sexes, races, and generations are overcome and a new environment of justice, love, freedom, and peace prevails. Only those persons who turn from their sin and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can fully “see and enter” the kingdom of God. In the end, God’s reign will be acknowledged by all when God judges the whole human race through Christ.

What is sin? Sin is the condition of estrangement from God that affects the whole human race and results in rebellion against God and God’s kingdom. This rebellion leads to bondage. Sins are specific actions, words, or thoughts that arise from our sinful condition and deny the presence, purpose, and reign of God [in our life}.

What is grace? Grace is God’s sovereign love and unmerited favor to all. It is initiated by God and freely given to undeserving and ungodly people.

What has Jesus done to make Salvation possible? Jesus cam to reveal God to humankind and to offer God’s grace. To achieve this, Jesus shared our human life and death. He died on a cruel cross, but God brought him back from death, thereby conquering death and sin and opening the kingdom of God to all who repent and believe.

How do we become God’s Holy people? We become God’s holy people (that is, we are sanctified) through the power and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we are made new from within, we are transformed by God’s patient love into the likeness of Christ. We are given the power to do the will of God, and therefore we grow up into Christian maturity both individually and corporately.

How are we put right with God? We are put right (that is justified) when we accept God’s forgiveness of our sin in Christ Jesus and when we, through the grace of God, become God’s children. God restores us to a right relationship. God does this on the basis of what Jesus Christ has done for us in his death and resurrection and on the basis of our faith. We are put right when God forgives our sin, accepts us, and declares us to be God’s children.

What are the marks of persons who are right with God? They show the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But the greatest of all marks is love.