2 Cor. 5:11-21
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
EVAMGELISM!! It’s a scarry word. Christian’s have been told that they are to keep their faith to themselves. Religions is a private decision, the culture and media tell us. Yet, we are commanded in this Scripture to be ambassadors for Christ. We are called to a ministry of reconciliation. That ministry we have been given is to reconcile people to their creator, God. That necessarily means our faith in Jesus and the gospel itself can’t be a private decision, but must be something that is proclaimed (Rom. 10).
Take a few minutes and watch this video from the famed atheist and magician Penn Jillette of the famed duo Penn and Teller (click here).
Wow, what a statement. Penn understands evangelism and proselytizing better than many Christians. There is a respectful and kind way to share your faith in Jesus, be bold, give it a shot!! Let God work through you.
Who are you praying for that does not know Jesus? Have you invited them to church this Sunday? Invite them today and maybe invite them to your house for dinner after church…you can do it!! Pray!