Euangelion

One of the terms most often used in the New Testament to describe the Christian message is the Greek word “Euangelion”, which means “Good news.” The English word evangelism is derived from that and simply means “Sharing the Good News.”

As Christians, we have something to share with others, this “Euangelion”, or Good News, and not because we are different but precisely because we are no different.  Our concerns and struggles are the same as other peoples’; the difference being that in the midst of struggle Jesus is present with us every step of the way.

When we understand this, and take it as a model for evangelism, it may very well be costly.  But it really will be good news—for Christians as well as for those who are not yet following Christ.

We do, however, have a responsibility in terms of our lifestyles.  The World Council of Churches document Mission and Evangelism says it well: “God leaves us free to choose how to share our faith but our options are never neutral—every methodology either illustrates or betrays the gospel we announce”.

So what does our lifestyle reflect?  Our lives and methodology should reflect that we are committed to the Kingdom.  The Kingdom should permeate our whole lives, our work, our homes and our play.  And if this is the case, this kingdom commitment works its way out in terms of the substance of all of our lives and ministries. 

 

This commitment includes the basic practices of NT Christianity; Praying with others; Laying hands on them; Operating in the gifts; Witnessing; Serving the poor; Intercession, etc. all the while pointing to Jesus.  So what needs to change in your life, ministry, work and recreation?  Time to make some changes? As Louie Giglio put it!  “Life is short; God is big; Take the next step”.

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