Evangelism

The good news of the gospel is that God took on flesh and became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah. Jesus became our substitute. He lived the perfect life we could not live. And he died the death we deserved to die as a result of our sin. He became sin for us, bearing the full weight of God's wrath, so that we might become righteous. Rising from the dead, he crushed death and overcame sin forever.

Having completed his redemptive work in the world, Christ returned to heaven. He intercedes for his people with the Father. But he will return at the end of history to make all things new. Evil and sorrow and pain and tears and all their effects in the world will be ended, the people of God will see Jesus face-to-face, and we will rule and reign alongside of him forever.

That is good news.

But it is only good news to those who hear it. Enter evangelism.

Evangelism is the act of sharing the good news of Jesus with other people. It is the proclamation of the glorious gift of salvation that is available solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And because of the importance of the message, there is an incredible urgency for its proliferation. That is why evangelism must be at the core of all of our missions work. In fact, it can be said that missions without evangelism isn't missions at all.

When we talk about cross-cultural mission, evangelism can become complicated, because there are questions of social and cultural milieu. The way the gospel is proclaimed in a given context is incredibly important, because the worldview of those who hear it will shape what they hear.

However, it is equally important to keep in mind that, though cultures and languages may change—requiring differing presentations of the gospel, the gospel itself does not. No matter the place or culture or language of the hearer, the content of the gospel is the same. It is only told differently among differing peoples so that it will be rightly understood.

We at the IMB value highly the practice of evangelism in culturally appropriate ways. Here you'll find helps for doing so among people of different cultures and religions.

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