A Growing Evangelistic Lifestyle
Those coming out of an LDS background may get the chills when they hear the word “evangelical”, conjuring up images of street preachers thumping their Bibles or those at the General Conference holding up huge “anti-Mormon” signs. I don’t believe that everyone is called to preach openly and noisily on the streets- but I do believe that we are all called to develop a heart for the lost. Being compassionate to those who have needs and taking the time to explain the gospel of Christ so that they might make a decision to receive Christ just as many of you did.
Make redemptive relationships a priority- not to fake a friendship for the sake of converting them to Christianity- but to avoid sheltering ourselves with just Christian friendships. Reach out in sincere friendship to non-believers without the pious “holier than thou” stigma that stereotypes Christians. Always be prepared to share the gospel verbally- Beware of the “lifestyle evangelism” pitfall. Lifestyle evangelism is certainly important (revealing Christ in your life by good deeds rather than verbally explaining the gospel)- but if they don’t understand the gospel that is responsible for your lifestyle, then they won’t receive it themselves. They must have it explained verbally also.
Paul says in Romans 1:16-17: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written the just live by faith.”
Paul communicated the gospel boldly and thoroughly. He knew that it was in the gospel that the power of God for the salvation of souls was revealed. That the very righteousness and holiness of God was freely credited to all of us that receive Jesus’ payment for sin on our behalf, finding His sacrifice entirely sufficient, and to find His presence in our lives as Lord to be equally necessary and desirable. The commission to spread the gospel to all nations was the final commandment Jesus gave to His church: In obedience, with hearts concerned for the lost- we spread the gospel in love to those who do not yet know Him.
“Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you, always, even unto the end of the world.” - Matthew 28:19-20
We have this assurance from Jesus’ own mouth- that as we spread the gospel to our friends, our neighbors, even around the world- He will be with us, just as He has been with His church throughout all generations since the beginning of His ministry 2000 years ago.