One of the most notable characteristics of the early church was its commitment to evangelism. [Acts 8:4 ...(they) preached the word wherever they went."] The reason was simple: In all four of the Gospels and Acts, the first believers were instructed by our Lord to..."Go into all the world and preach the Gospel" [Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:48, John 20:21; Acts 1:8]. Whenever a command or teaching was repeated three or more times, it is clearly a key point of emphasis.
The best explanation for this emphasis is that Christians are called to be reproducers [John 15:8]. It is our belief that a Church that fails to emphasize outreach, not only is neglecting its most essential calling, but will develop internal conflicts because their focus is spiritually unhealthy. We are called to be givers, not takers. We are happiest when we give [Acts 20:35]; which means we are looking to the needs of others over our own needs [Ephesians 4:29].
Therefore, everything we do has an outreach component. In other words, regardless of what we are doing, we begin by asking the question, "How can this be used to reach people with the Gospel?" We believe that there should never be any program that is designed exclusively for in-reach. Rather, every activity should be designed to reach out to others, both believers and non-believers.
Beyond our "ordinary" ministry activities, we also actively engage in overtly evangelistic programs, both locally and internationally. But in the final analysis, the most effective form of evangelism is friend to friend. Eighty-five percent of those who visit a church do so because a friend or family member invited them. Therefore, we regularly emphasize the responsibility and opportunity to share faith with those who are part of our daily lives.
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