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Evangelism Defined

Evangelism is the joyous witness of the people of God to God's redeeming love, which urges repentance and reconciliation to God and each other through faith in Jesus Christ--who lived, died, and was raised from the dead.

Through renewal with Jesus, believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit and incorporated into the church for worship, fellowship, nurture, and engagement as disciples in God's mission of evangelization and liberation within society and creation, signifying the Kingdom that is present and yet to come.

Taking the definition above, how would you explain the role or responsibility of the church, pastor, and members for fulfilling its objective. Use John 15:8 and Matt 28:19-20

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Let's start with what Matthew 28:19-20 actually says. It's quite a bit different from what the American Baptist Churches adopted as their official definition in 1984.

We must look at Yeshua's [Jesus'] complete line starting in verse 18.

"All power/authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and make talmidim of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the set-apart spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age."

First of all, it might read a little odd because of the terminology used. We've got so many Christian formulas in our thinking that half the time, we can't even see what the Scriptures plainly say anymore. Remember, the Messiah was a Jew, not a Greco-Roman "man-god." As such, he told his talmidim [disciples] to immerse others who would choose to become his talmidim. In so doing, he had been given all power and authority under heaven and earth. That's a lot of power and authority. Therefore, he said (in more or less an acceptable paraphrase), "Don't worry boys, I'll back you up 150%, so get to work!"

Now, who would be the next generation of talmidim? Let us remember who ...

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Evangelism is explicated.