God’s love for sinners is at the very core of the Gospel which we passionately proclaim. An encounter with Jesus radically changed everyone who met Him, no matter how desperate or disoriented in life he or she was. It is a duty and a privilege to share the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ with people.
God created each one of us to receive and send a message- intentionally- beginning with people we do life with. Evangelism starts at home. Shauna Pilgreen wrote a book entitled ‘Love Where You Live- How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home.’ She said this: “God equips His people with influence and voices that can speak into the seekers and the lost of our cities and towns, suburbs and up-and-coming communities. God is calling professionals, families, students and empty nesters who love Him to specific dwelling places. What each of us has to offer is unique and critical to how God has set up His mission on earth”.
The ‘place we call home’ is our ‘evangelism base’, where our feet are shod with the gospel, where we love our neighbors, where we prepare for the greater ‘mission field’. It begins at home.
Every disciple of Christ has been enlisted. Every follower of Christ has been commissioned to take the gospel across the street and to the world. Every emissary for Christ must LIVE SENT.
“The purpose of the church is to make the invisible kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness bearing. This brings glory to God and brings His passion to redeem the world to fullness.” (Tozer)
Our church wants to possess this passion for the lost. They say that ‘a thriving church is not marked by its seating capacity, but by its sending capacity’. Our ultimate purpose then is to take the gospel to the streets, to the coffee shops, to the malls, to our neighbors and our city.
“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion, a world-wide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.” John Piper