What Is Evangelism?
Evangelism is the proclamation and manifestation of good news. The following passage from the prophet Isaiah illuminates the expansive, wondrous nature of God’s good news:
“How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7)
Isaiah is announcing a return to well-being and sanctuary. The good news that accompanies the reign of God is an encounter with peace, wholeness, salvation, and justice. Inclusive of our words and actions, evangelism is a ministry of the body of Christ that increases the likelihood that we are becoming a peculiar people who live like Jesus in our neighborhoods. Therefore, the good news of God’s love is a journey into a new way of life, which leads to becoming fully human.