Talking about evangelism is talking about THE GREAT COMMISSION AND THE URGENCY OF FULFILLING IT.
Jesus Christ was at the concluding part of His mission here on earth when the disciples asked Him these very important questions; “…when shall these things be, and what shall be the signs of thy coming, and of the end of time?” Matthew 24:3. The LordJesus Christ gave a prompt and appropriate response by enumerating the signs of the end of the age which includes:
- Appearance of false messiahs
- Rumors of wars
- Famines, pestilences and earthquakes
- Persecution of Christ followers
- Betrayals and deceits of false prophet
- Iniquities abounding and the love of many waxing cold.
While giving the answer, the Master did not fail to clearly state the most urgent responsibility which the church should be engaged in, that is, preaching the gospel. The most urgent task that the church should be engaged in today is stated in verse fourteen of Mathew, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come”.
1, THE GREAT COMMISSION: DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION.
The great commission is simply “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to all creatures.” This tells us specifically to preach repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As the hearers repent and believe in the Lord with evidences of genuine conversion and transformation of life, they are to be baptized in water. The next step is their integration into the Body of Christ, the Church, where they are taught the doctrines of Christ and not the traditions of men.
As a matter of importance, the teaching of Christ Jesus must emphasize repentance, justification, restitution, consecration, sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism and other Bible doctrines. The unmistakable command of Jesus is “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The command is an urgent task to every believer and every local church. Hence, the regular and central programme of the church should focus on evangelizing the lost.
In the gospel according to Saint Luke 19:10, Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost”. Christ did not allow anything to distract Him from fulfilling that purpose for which He came. His ultimate charge to all believers today is “Occupy till I come”. Luke 19:13.
The joy of seeing one soul saved and transformed gave Jesus Christ so much satisfaction that He looked away from His physical needs and said “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work” ( John 4:34).
In Acts 8:4 “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the gospel…”. Philip was deliberate about his commitment to preaching the gospel and the result can be seen as he practically turned a whole city upside down. Paul the apostle was also very deliberate in demonstrating commitment to fulfilling the great commission. In 1 Corinthians 9:19-22, he said, “…I became all things to all men that I might win the lost…”
The New Life Miracle Church is also passionately committed to the work of soul-winning as reflected in our Vision and Mission Statements. As a body of Christ, Evangelism is our core business here on earth. We are keen to reaching the world for Christ through:
- Personal Evangelism
- Group Evangelism
- Street Meetings
- Hospital Evangelism
- Prison Evangelism
- Literature Evangelism
- Outdoor Crusade
- Media Evangelism
Finally, it is important to note that fulfilling the Great Commission goes far beyond the preaching of the gospel (Evangelism). It also includes integrating converted souls into the body of Christ through Water Baptism and teaching them to observe all things.