3. Evangelism may be viewed as an essential “dimension of the total activity of the Church.”
Paul maintained the gospel as an essential dimension to his calling. It seems that everything he did had the gospel at its core. The gospel was at the heart of his being a herald, an apostle, and a teacher. It was related to his course, ministry, identity, and conduct.
The gospel should not be something we do only during gospel campaigns or gospel meetings. It should be a part of our daily life and identity.
Christ, who nullified death and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. –2 Tim. 1:10-11
But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God. –Acts 20:24
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God. –Rom. 1:11
That I might be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, a laboring priest of the gospel of God… –Rom. 15:16
Only conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ… –Phil. 1:27
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, even as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. –1 Thes. 1:5
- Evangelism and Mission (lifeandbuilding.com)
I had lunch with a sister yesterday and she shared with me about one experience in which she shared the gospel with a man at his business (“because I had the feeling that the Lord said, SPEAK!”), and another opportunity in which she could have spoken something (in an airplane, to an older, seemingly Christian woman) and yet it never came out. It made me realize how many times we allow the “it never came out” to be our excuse, as if the gospel only exists when we feel inspired. I remember this quote I saw in a frame once, “Work the truth into the saints. Work the church into the homes. Work the gospel into our living.”
I like this phrase “as if the gospel only exists when we feel inspired.” That’s a good reminder! Makes me think of 2 Tim 4:2- “proclaim the word; be ready in season and out of season.” I need more practice out of season!