Evangel

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Evangel

28 September 2020

Luke 1:68–80; Ephesians 4:7–16

Many years ago, there was campaign ast man-caused forest fires. The campaign “starred” a little bear cub that, while burned, survived a man-caused forest fire. The tagline for the campaign was, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”

From a strict understanding, of course, it’s not just you that can prevent forest fires. It’s you and everyone else around whose behavior contributes to the amount of man-caused forest fires. Of course, you can only prevent forest fires when you are the contributor of the originating fire.

That was the beauty of the campaign. Ultimately, it was just you that can prevent forest fires, it was you and your fris and everyone else working together to prevent man-caused forest fires.

What, you may be ing yourself, have to do with Zechariah’s -driven prophetic speech over an infant John the Baptist? Re-read it, and where it says, “you, child…” say, “me, [your name]…”

Just like the campaign starring Smokey the Bear, it wasn’t just John the Baptist who was called to go before . Each and every one of us is called to “go before” in our daily lives.

How that works in each person’s life will, for most, remain a mystery. However, when we live out a life that es to the power, grace, and of Christ, we go before . Once we are ed a why or how question about our lives, then we get to announce .

You probably never thought of yourself as John the Baptist. That’s probably a good thing, for none of us can be another person, nor did God call us to be that way. We are not called to be John the Baptist.

You are probably not called to eat wild locusts and honey. Nor are you probably called to wear a hairy coat. We are called to follow in the “ of” John the Baptist by proclaiming salvation through Christ.

When we think of evangelism, we generally think about sharing with people who don’t know as their Lord and Savior. Perhaps, however, we are just as called to share with those in the Body of Christ (the ).

Paul wrote to the Ephesians about the varying roles within the body. The overarching goal is, “…unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son…” He wrote that to Christians.

Our (good) desire to reach people who don’t know may well have obscured something essential. We need to continue to evangelize (i.e., tell the Good News about ) each other.

※Questions※

1) Where and how do you see yourself evangelizing those that do not yet know ? How about those who already declare they know ?

2) What scares you most evangelizing? Does that fear change deping on whether they are already or not yet believers?

3) What are some ways evangelizing is (or should be) performed within the body of believers?

※Prayer※

, guide our s to always be evangelizing one another. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.