I started Seminary yesterday. In my Cross-Cultural Evangelism course, I was asked to post a Discussion Board highlighting my favorite text regarding evangelism. Below is my answer:
The Bible is inundated with passages concerning the necessity of evangelism. I love the story of the prophet Isaiah answering God’s call in Isaiah 6:8. I love the rich command Jesus gave His followers and the assurance that He would be with us in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20. I love that He endowed His followers with power to evangelize the nations through the work of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:8. But for me, with respect to my calling and passion to preach the Gospel, Romans 10:14-17 weighs most heavily on my heart. We are called to proclaim His name to all who will hear, or they will not.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:14-17 ESV.
There is one popular saying among Christians that says, “Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.” This quote is ill conceived. Our lives can and should be a facet of our witness to others. However, that is not and cannot be the whole story. If it were, we would not be acting in love to our unsaved friends. Paul clearly stated in Romans that without Christians preaching and proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, salvation would not be gained. This text hits home for me as a preacher, firmly and frequently reminding me of the necessity of evangelism. Jesus Christ is the hope of the world, and He has chosen His church to be the main instrument in bringing salvation to all people.
Sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted. A LOT has been going on here lately. I am a newlywed, have moved twice since the wedding, and am now in my first full-time ministry position as Interim Student Pastor at North Main Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia. God is doing some amazing things in mine and Carmen’s life. Thank you for the prayers and I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark. To God be the glory.
Grace and peace,