4. What opportunities did God give you to serve others since our last meeting? How did you respond? Did you encounter injustice to our oppression of others? Were you able to work for justice and shalom?
Evangelism is a passion of mine and this semester has helped me to develop more as a person and strengthen my passion for evangelism. Usually when you hear the word Evangelism most of the time, you will start to fear because of rejection. During my Christian walk, sometimes I have experienced the fear of rejection as it relates to Evangelism. However, this semester has taught me not to fear." Evangelism is standing up for your faith even if everyone else remains seated 1(Earley and Wheeler
When I first became a Christian, my church encouraged me and others to go knocking on doors and passing out tracts on Saturdays. Unfortunately, I was sent out on my own and really was not equipped to have a conversation with someone about Jesus. I did not know the Bible very well and could not provide much in the way of arguments with people that questioned God. On the other end of the scale
Evangelism is an Incarnational ministry that meets people and communities where there are at in life, in their own context that is so powerful and life-giving that it radically changes those who find themselves in the wake of the aforementioned ministry. This Christ-Like ministry takes form, not only in preaching or proclaiming the Good News (present salvation from oppression as well as eschatological salvation,) but allows people to experience the Good News through acts of love and deeds of faith that leads to the inclusion and maturation of new disciples of Jesus Christ. As such, a primary role of the evangelist is to see those who are often overlooked and to hear those who are often muffled. Attentive seeing and listening requires not being consumed by the endless traffic that occupies our daily lives but becoming hyper attentive to persons and communities hidden in plain view. Evangelists must have “ears that hear and eyes that see, the Lord has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12) But does the evangelist see the people who maintain the grounds of a campus, empty trash at office buildings, and operate the cash register? Do they see the wealthy business woman who commands respect in the office but is little more than a pinion in the eyes of her family? I recognize that having one’s body, voice, and psyche go unnoticed in public space and discourse is a problem that extends beyond race, class, or culture. However, through currents events, such as in Ferguson, MO, it has
As the group continued to form, I realized that only Christians attended the event. The event then organically morphed into a bible study in order to align more directly with those in attendance. I advertised the event as a welcoming, inclusive space and ensured that all voices were heard within each meeting.
I remember him handing me a thick copy of the Bhagavad Gita which I gingerly accepted. In looking around we encountered a young woman named Amy who was silently chanting to herself and later invited us to chant with her. Now, Iʼll admit to be very green at any of this. Prior to this experience my only real experience in a religious based center was accompanying my then best friend
When trying to understand what Evangelism I think D.T. Niles may have been close to the mark when he said “Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where to find food”. Change the word Christianity to Evangelism, beggar to the sinner, and food to Jesus and I believe you have possibly the easiest way to explain Evangelism simply by saying “Evangelism is one sinner telling another sinner where to find Christ. However, over the past years Evangelism has been in my opinion misconstrued with many other Christian words and trends. For instance, I would be willing to bet that if you asked Christians what is the first thing that they think of when they hear the word Evangelism most would respond with the name of and Evangelist such as Billy Graham, Charles Stanley or even Joel Olsten. Of course the word Evangelist has had the same problem that the word Evangelism has had in regards to losing the true intended meaning of the world. It seems that Christians now days have forgotten that all born again believers are Evangelist, not just those who show up in a small town with a tent, a band, and a sign that says revival. Every soul that becomes saved becomes a messenger of the good news. In fact, I believe with all my heart this is the exact message the Jesus was trying to convey in his followers when he gave the great commissioning in Matthew 28:18-20 NIV 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make
I have served God and those in need. I am particularly proud of my involvement with Hephzibah Children Association. During the holidays, I had the chance to volunteer and visit children at Hephzibah Children Association. It was an amazing experience to fill their day with joy. I also devoted a great deal of my time at the Christmas Cheer Foundation. Every year, I volunteered and helped those in need. Furthermore, a duty of mine was to help wrap books and other supplies for children to have something to open on Christmas Day. Reflecting on my devotion to God and my personal growth, I realized when I was younger I thought I was doing this for fun. As I grew older, I realized I was bringing happiness to children on Christmas Day. I have found myself being challenged and learning to balance everything in my life. However, serving God, and the community is an area in my life where I can say has been less of a challenge, but more of a