Friday, April 22, 2016

Mark Mittelberg on the Church and Evangelism

"Without regular reminders, congregations tend to lose their focus on what the church-and we as individuals-are called to accomplish. Unfortunately, the part that fades away first is the most important: Reaching our world for Christ.  How quickly we forget our mission and fall back into mundane church activities.

Churches need to be reminded of why they are here.  Evangelism and apologetics, which is the handmaiden to evangelism, are not optional activities.  They are at the very core of our mission, which is to reach our world with the gospel.  That's why Jesus spelled it out so clearly: to go into all the world (including next door or down the hallway) to reach everyone we can for him (Matthew 20:18-20).  This Great Commission wasn't one choice among many options.  It's what we're here to do.

Church members quickly forget this, and so we must patiently but persistently remind them.  As we do, the Holy Spirit will echo our challenge in their hearts as God's Word underscores it in their minds.

After all, this is God's will-let's be bold about it."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Sean McDowell, A New Kind of Apologist, p. 51.  Our review is here.

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