Evangelism in the Pentecostal tradition represents one of the major facets of the Assemblies of God. We want to seek the lost and train the found in all corners of the Earth. Why is evangelism so important to the Assemblies of God? We explain in today’s blog from Global University.
The Great Commission
Jesus’s final commandment to His disciples before the crucifixion was, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
It is this Great Commission that shapes the drive for the Assemblies of God to seek the lost and train the found.
What Happens When We Evangelize?
Evangelism happens when two things occur: Sharing and witnessing.
Sharing means spreading the gospel of Jesus in a relevant way.
Witnessing means telling others what you have personally experienced through Jesus Christ. It could be a miraculous healing, watching someone gain a deeper understanding of Christ, or ministering to the poor.
Witnessing and sharing go hand in hand. You witness a miracle and you share it with the world. The key is why you witnessed the miracle. Did the event you witnessed strengthen your faith? Did it cause you to give your life to Christ? Did you persevere through a tough time because you witnessed something?
Once you understand why a miracle happened in your life, you can share it with the people to whom you minister. This is what we want to do in the Assemblies of God! We understand that God will lead you to share your miracles with others so they can grow closer to Jesus. There is a time and place for evangelism in your ministry.
You also must remember it’s not just about your words, but your actions. You can evangelize by feeding people at a food pantry, helping someone to build a house, teaching kids in Sunday school, or a bevy of other activities.
Why Evangelism Is a Core Belief of the Assemblies of God
The Assemblies of God participates in evangelism because Jesus commanded us to do so. When you take this one step further, those who obey God’s commandments draw closer to Him. Drawing closer to God means discovering his will, following in faith, and, ultimately, meeting Jesus in heaven (through His divine mercy) after our bodies are no longer vessels for our souls.
One part of this obedience is to seek those who don’t know God, as Jesus commanded us. God wants everyone to be closer to Him and follow the example of Jesus. The rewards for obedience from believers aren’t just for those who evangelize, but also for those who accept Christ into their lives because the Holy Spirit moved them to believe.
Global University and the Assemblies of God
Global University is the distance learning arm of the Assemblies of God. Our goal is to train you to reach the lost and train the found, so that they can know Christ. Reach out to Global University today, and we’ll be happy to help you on your ministerial journey.