Fresh Start October 2016 | Page 22

Why do evangelism? 1. God wants to see the world healed and restored. There is nothing like the power of Jesus to restore a broken world and broken lives to what God originally intended (John 3:17). Jesus urges us to invite others to engage in his mission to heal individual lives, relationships, and the world. 2. Jesus commands and commissions us. Jesus expects his followers to let people in on the meaning of his life, death, and resurrection. Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). When we share the gospel, we are obeying Jesus’ command and joining the Great Commission he entrusted to us (John 20:19-21). 3. God desires a relationship with every human being and for all to hear. Jesus repeatedly told stories of God’s love for the lost: God is like a shepherd searching for one lost and vulnerable sheep. He is like a woman looking in every nook and cranny for a lost, valuable coin. He is like a father who celebrates when his lost and confused son returns home. These parables illustrate God’s earnest and patient search for every person. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9). Evangelism, then, is joining God’s search to see everyone come to repentance and a relationship with him. God is preparing for a full house in heaven. We are blessed to work with him toward this goal while on earth, to “go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in” (Luke 14:23). Romans 10:14 rhetorically points out what will happen if we don’t: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Verse 15 goes on to praise the “beautiful” feet of those who share the good news. 22 October Edition