Must Evangelism Always Be Accompanied By Social Action?
- No. The word gospel means “good news” and evangelism is heralding that news (Isaiah 52:7). Evangelism is simply telling others the gospel.
- No. Conversion comes through the Word by the power of the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5). The Spirit comes through our hearing God’s Word which enlivens our hearts. We’re not saved through our eyes but our ears (Romans 10:17).
- But, our lives should back up our words. Jesus tells us, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Peter writes, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:2-12).
- But, social action can create opportunities for evangelism. As we build relationships with people through serving them in tangible ways we will create opportunities to share the good news where none existed before. And our announcement of the gospel will already be supported by the love we’ve shown them.
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