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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Commissioned to go

by Brad Houchin
What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear the word evangelism? Do you get excited and pumped up about the opportunity to share Christ with others? Maybe you get somewhat nervous or even a little frightful at the thought of having to share your faith with someone?



Why does it seem that evangelism comes so easy for some and they were made for it; and for others, it can be as nerve racking or frightening as going to the dentist, or standing on the edge of a steep cliff looking down? If you're like me, you instantly think of evangelism as standing on the street corner or going door to door in a neighborhood to knock on doors to tell people about Jesus. That thought, quite honestly, can cause me to freak out! Yet, I have come to learn over time, that I have completely missed the mark on what evangelism is and that God has not only called me; but, he has also equipped me for evangelism and it does not mean that I have to stand on a street corner or knock on peoples doors.

In the Great Commission, Matthew 28:19, we are commanded to “go and make disciples."   We are told to go throughout all the nations to evangelize. But there is so much more to this than it being a command.  We have also been commissioned by Jesus to fulfill this command.

What is the difference between being commanded and being commissioned for a command?

You see, Jesus does not just tell us to “go”.  He has commissioned us to “go”.  We have been given the authority and granted permission by Jesus Christ to carry out the work he started. He has equipped us with everything we need for evangelism. We have been given all the power and authority we need for carrying out the Great Commission and evangelism.

Read the following passages of scripture and answer the questions that follow.
 

John 14:12-14, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

What is the promise in this passage of scripture?

How does this passage of scripture empower you and encourage you in your part of carrying out the Great Commission?


Acts 3:6-10,  "Then Peter said, 'Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.' Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.  When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."

 What is the promise in this passage of scripture?

How does this passage of scripture empower you and encourage you in your part of carrying out the Great Commission?


Romans 12:3-8,  "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

What is the promise in this passage of scripture?

How does this passage of scripture empower you and encourage you in your part of carrying out the Great Commission?


You have been commissioned to go. For each one of us our go place might look a little different than others. The important thing is that we have a go place and that God has empowered us and equipped us for that place. At home, work, school, throughout the neighborhood, even across the ocean… “the harvest is plentiful.”

Are you ready to go?


Evangelism is one of the evidences of what Relevant Ministry calls - the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health".  RM Coaching helps to assess all 7 Marks, providing an insightful check-up for personal spiritual health.  The RM team is writing about all 7 Marks, focusing on one topic a month with a new Blog article each week.  The topic this month is Evangelism.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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