Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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Witnesses for Christ

Evangelism and missions, in their simplest form, have to do with communicating the Gospel. The word gospel comes to us from the Greek word euangelion, which literally means “good message.” In the Greek, euangelion referred to any type of good report, especially those in military or political contexts. When Jesus began His public ministry, He came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14), calling the people to repent for “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17b). This was an announcement of a wonderful new state of affairs; God was at work to bring about the new era of the promised Messiah. As Jesus’ apostles took the Gospel into all the world, however, their preaching and writing referred more to “the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:29). The church was proclaiming the Good News of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. This was the same message; the focus had merely shifted from the kingdom to the King. And above all, it was “the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1), the Good News to us from God, who declared Jesus to be the Messiah, most powerfully by raising Him from the dead. So the Gospel is God’s message about Christ, and when we communicate the Gospel, we are, in a real sense, merely repeating to the world what God has said. Jesus said His disciples would be His “witnesses.” In the NT, to bear witness to something is to call attention to it. Our task then is to call attention to the King and His kingdom. We do this in a host of ways: by loving one another, through acts of compassion, and worshiping together. Any activity that calls attention to Christ falls under the heading of “witness,” evangelism and missions included. Amen.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I’m Stan Baldwin.

“… and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” -- Acts 1:8.

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