Christian missions find their origin in the heart of God. More than once the Bible affirms the truth that God sent His Son into the world. In John 3, we find those familiar and beloved words, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." The great Apostle Paul said, I/But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son. .."
While missions are at the heart of God, evangelism is the heart of missions. Missionary work that does not include evangelism cannot rightly be called “missionary.”
What do we understand by evangelism? There are almost as many definitions as there are gnats in the summertime. One of the simplest and best is I/ evangelism is that activity of the Christian church by which it communicates the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world." Underlying the entire concept of evangelism are three presuppositions, all of which have the support of the Bible. The first of these presuppositions is that all men are lost and need to be saved. Second, the only way of salvation is through Jesus Christ. And third, in order to be saved one must understand and believe the gospel.
Having understood and believed the message of the gospel, it now becomes the task and privilege of every Christian to evangelize. While writing about the Roman Empire, Gibbon observed, “It became the most sacred duty of a new convert to diffuse amongst his friends and relations the inestimable blessing which he had received." Will Durant also noted, "Nearly every convert, with an order of a revolutionary, made himself an office of propaganda.”
The words of a favorite hymn seem appropriate.
“Rise up O church of God
Have done with lesser things
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings."
It's Harvest time,