Biblical evangelism

Selwyn continues to reflect on the thought that one of the great distinctives of the Early Church was the emphasis on the Lordship of Christ. The main verse for mediation is Acts 28:31 – the last verse of Acts: ‘Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God, and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.’

In addition, he draws our attention to Romans 14:9; ‘For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.’ In this verse, Paul places emphasis on the Lordship of Jesus which Selwyn uses to highlight that while Christ as Saviour is important and essential – His Lordship is paramount.

I’ve taken a lengthy quote from today’s study, to maintain the context, because I think that this is a very important issue:

 “We are quite wrong when, in our modern-day evangelism, we present the gospel in a way that suggests the important thing is finding forgiveness for one’s sin. The real issue, the greatest issue, is committing oneself to the living Lord. Forgiveness of sins is necessary before one can live in harmony with Christ, but important though the forgiveness of sins is – and let no one minimise it – what is of even greater importance is the commitment to Christ as Lord. Evangelism that does not make this clear is not worthy of the name.”

My feeling is that one of the main reasons why the western Church is drowning in mediocrity is that the average Church member does not give 100% commitment to Jesus -all of the time – as Lord over their life. More often than not, we call on God’s help in times of difficulty or illness but when we feel that life’s okay we tend to drift away and live independently of God’s will, that is, we do not seek God’s will when times are good. Do you agree?

The prayer for today reflects Selwyn’s strong view on this issue – one, that I share:

“O God deliver us from any confusion on this matter. Show us that You cannot be our Saviour unless we are willing to acknowledge You as our Lord. And help us as Your Church to make this clear to everyone. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”