This post is in response to a BBC article I found recently. One which is filled with an unresponsive heart to mission and evangelism, a sometimes hate filled attack on mission and evangelistic work.
Having seen this post may have lead some people to think has mission and evangelism failed? Is it dead? Is there a place for it today?
Well my answer is that Mission and evangelism has not failed, and there is still a great need for it today.
Why has it not failed? Well we see countless times through the New testament, that the Church comes under a lot resistance, this is most clear in the Book of Acts. In this book devoted to the story of the early Church, we find examples of the church under persecution and a line that crops up again and again is the line:
So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.
This showed that through riots, through persecution, through executions, the word of the Lord, that is the Gospel was not stopped, and in God’s infinite sovereignty he allowed his Gospel to spread further and faster. What does this mean? First off it means that we need to trust what The Bible says. So when it says the Gospel spread more EVEN after persecution and resistance, that it did. Secondly because we believe that we need to trust that God is still doing that now. That though we may be living in a seemingly more anti-God world that even through this resistance and persecution in some parts of the world, that God is working out his plan, and nothing can stop it as Jesus says:
Matthew 16:18 (ESV)
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
This means that what God has started can not be stopped, so for Christians this is a great encouragement, to keep trusting in God, that he will work out his plan in this world.
This however leads us to a second point of is there a place for mission and evangelism today? As we have seen from scripture God works all things to good, so even as the Church is persecuted it grows and gets stronger and the good news of Jesus spreads more. But is there a need to go on missions, is there a need to run evangelistic events at your Church, to hand out leaflets, to even tell your friends? The answer to that is simple and is found at the end of the Gospel of Matthew;
16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This is the great commission, the task set out before all Christians, to go to all nations of the Earth, to baptize all those who believe and to teach them the way of the Lord Jesus. Now the key here is that, Jesus has not said stop doing this when it gets tough, he hasn’t said just till 2014 because after that it will be to hard with all the atheists running around. He has not said stop following this command but instead says in Verse 20 that he will be with us always to the end of the age. Which means we need to keep to this task till he returns and that it will be tough and we will face resistance but Jesus will be with us the whole way. Brothers and sisters as you read this, do not be put of by the media that may they think they have scared us off talking about Jesus, we need to stand up for our Lord and do as the Great Commission says, to go and make disciples of the nations till such a day that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
I do hope you have taken from this Blog post, and that you have been encouraged by it. If you would like to discuss more feel free to leave a comment or follow the link below to the Facebook page to comment there.
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