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Personal Evangelism: The Good Work for Christ

By: Dr. Johann Hugo

‘Whenever I pray, I make my request for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good news about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.’ (Philippians 1:4-6). I can still vividly remember the time when Sister Marie spoke about these verses during the orientation night of our IBI course way back 3 years ago. I kept it to myself that a day will come that there will be the unfolding of the message in verse 6 “And I am certain that God who began the good work”, although the context of this verse is salvation.  However, if I will relate it with my journey in IBI and ask myself what is the ‘good work’, I would say that it is about personal witnessing and soul winning.   It is leading others to Christ and to look at ourselves in relation to the blessed task and the glorious privilege that awaits us as workers together with God in His great harvest field.

I’d like to share the definition of ‘Evangelism’ based on the lesson that we had.  According to Dr. Carlton Booth, the word ‘Evangelism’ means “to present Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit that men shall put their trust in God through Him and accepting Him as their Lord, seek to serve Him in the fellowship of His church.” It is an individual reaching for other individuals. Christ began His ministry by approaching individuals to follow Him. Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Andrew responded immediately without hesitation, bringing along Peter his brother to follow Christ. Have you ever wondered why God through Christ Jesus came into this world? Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

It took a while for me to enroll in Personal Evangelism because I’m the shy type of guy.   I find it hard to reach out to others and evangelize for I feel that my knowledge is not enough to share the Gospel of truth about Christ. I am afraid that I may be humiliated and ridiculed in front of the many friends that I have. This kind of thinking that I had proved me wrong for it says in Luke 1:37 “Nothing is impossible with God”. He will equip us with His word in sharing the Gospel and we can say with confidence that the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

​Finishing the course of Personal Evangelism has changed my views and perspective in my knowledge of Christ Jesus. It’s a very challenging task.  We need to continually sow the seeds of the Gospel so that in due time we may reap a great harvest of souls. He wants us to do things that will have an eternal impact. He wants us to be part in expanding His kingdom.  In short, He wants us to “Multiply”, to get us in the habit of passing to others what we have learned about the Gospel. We are made accountable for what we have done for Him. Matthew 10:32 Jesus said “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

To you my brothers and sisters out there to whom God has called into the ministry, I encourage you to enroll with no hesitation and be more knowledgeable about Personal Evangelism. To my classmates we are now commissioned to go out there and look for an individual that we can lead to Christ, not just one but as many as we can while we are still able to evangelize the word of God.  To Pastor Mel and Sister Marie, Bro. Edwin and Sis. April and to Sis. Jedilyn, we pray that God will always bless you and to continue His good works on your undying service to God. To God alone be the glory.​​

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