Evangelism And Witnessing; Defining Evangelism And Witnessing


I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

 

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 28:18-20

 

Before Jesus gives us our job description He assures us that He masters all the powers in heaven and earth-the entire universe.  Though His church faces obstacles it will triumph!

 

“Through centuries of persecution, conflict, and darkness, God has sustained His church. Not one cloud has fallen upon it that He has not prepared for; not one opposing force has risen to counterwork His work, that He has not foreseen. All has taken place as He predicted. He has not left His church forsaken, but has traced in prophetic declarations what would occur, and that which His Spirit inspired the prophets to foretell has been brought about. All His purposes will be fulfilled. His law is linked with His throne, and no power of evil can destroy it. Truth is inspired and guarded by God; and it will triumph over all opposition.” Acts of the Apostles, Pages 11-12

 

“Christ rejoiced that He could do more for His followers than they could ask or think. He spoke with assurance, knowing that an almighty decree had been given before the world was made. He knew that truth, armed with the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, would conquer in the contest with evil; and that the bloodstained banner would wave triumphantly over His followers. He knew that the life of His trusting disciples would be like His, a series of uninterrupted victories, not seen to be such here, but recognized as such in the great hereafter. 

 

     “These things I have spoken unto you,” He said, “that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Christ did not fail, neither was He discouraged, and His followers are to manifest a faith of the same enduring nature. They are to live as He lived, and work as He worked, because they depend on Him as the great Master Worker. Courage, energy, and perseverance they must possess. Though apparent impossibilities obstruct their way, by His grace they are to go forward. Instead of deploring difficulties, they are called upon to surmount them. They are to despair of nothing, and to hope for everything. With the golden chain of His matchless love Christ has bound them to the throne of God. It is His purpose that the highest influence in the universe, emanating from the source of all power, shall be theirs. They are to have power to resist evil, power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master, power that will enable them to overcome as Christ overcame.”  {Desire of Ages, page  679} 

 

When given an assignment we need to know where we have been assigned to work. A Tampa police officer has been assigned to Tampa, not New York City. However Jesus tells us to go to all the nations.

 

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.  Isaiah 56:7

 

Jesus does not exclude anyone from His church.  

 

Jesus tells us to teach before baptism, so people will understand what baptism is all about. However that is not to imply that they must know it all before they can be disciples.  Jesus said, “and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Here we see teach, baptize, teach. The teaching continues after the baptism, so we can’t expect everyone to know it all before they are baptized. I find it interesting when people expect their kids to be perfect in order to be baptized when the parents aren’t even perfect!

 

“Ministers who labor in towns and cities to present the truth should not feel content, nor that their work is ended, until those who have accepted the theory of the truth realize indeed the effect of its sanctifying power, and are truly converted to God. God would be better pleased to have six truly converted to the truth as the result of their labors, than to have sixty make a nominal profession, and yet not be thoroughly converted. These ministers should devote less time to preaching sermons, and reserve a portion of their strength to visit and pray with those who are interested, giving them godly instruction, to the end that they may “present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” 

 

     The love of God must be living in the heart of the teacher of the truth. His own heart must be imbued with that deep and fervent love which Christ possessed; then it will flow out to others. Ministers should teach that all who accept the truth should bring forth fruit to the glory of God. They should teach that self-sacrifice must be practiced every day; that many things which have been cherished must be yielded; and that many duties, disagreeable though they may appear, must be performed. Business interests social endearments, ease, honor, reputation, in short, everything, must be held in subjection to the superior and ever-paramount claims of Christ”.—{Evangelism, Pages 320-1}

You may study this week’s SS lesson here. You may download the lesson guides to your cell phone here.

 

3 comments on “Evangelism And Witnessing; Defining Evangelism And Witnessing

  1. Perfect timing! I received this as I was studying my lesson.

    As individuals, we can’t know how our words or actions, however small or insignificant they are to us, will affect other people. To those around us, each word/action is a stepping stone towards or away from Christ. We must think before “do” so that the Father’s name will always be glorified.

    Thanks for your faithfulness in sharing!

  2. This really spoke to me today. And I like that part about teach, baptize, teach some more! We are never to stop learning, but esp. early-on, we need teacher/preacher ministry, like you, William! Lol
    Thank you for reminding us to follow the golden rule with our children in this regard…none of us has reached the maturity of Jesus. Dwight Nelson suggests that to be “perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect” is about his mercy being so large, due to the parallel passage in another Gospel. LIKE :)

  3. Thanks for your articles. I have enjoyed reading them. Especially, “Pastors Who Do All of the Work Aren’t Doing Their Jobs.” This is a supplement to the Sabbath School Lesson for this Quarter.

    It has been proven over and over, when seminars and workshops are offered by the Pastor on spiritual gifts that people will discover their strenght and weakness. Therefore they are more apt to volunteer in areas of the minister that will elevate the gospel in the church and community.

    I too have trained people on a one-to-one or a Bible Worker Workshop, which allowed the members to have courage to continue the work after I had relocated. Some of those churches have been prosperous in membership. I thank God for that!

    In addition, I enjoyed reading, “What Romance Means to Me.” This article is refreshing to know that there are other people who understand, that we are “occupying ourselves until Jesus comes”. In as much, it does included marriage, which is a relationship that is a reflection of our relationship with our heavenly Father. This is just a dressing home for our eternal home with the heavenly host. A song writer wrote: “O! Look Upon His Face. O! To See His Amazing Grace!

    Thanks again for sharing your throughts!

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