Book hopes to take mys­tery out of evan­ge­lism

The Church of England - - Front Page - By Amaris Cole

THE ARCH­BISHOP of Can­ter­bury is sup­port­ing a new evan­ge­lism book­let for in­di­vid­u­als and churches to ‘share their faith through words and ac­tion’.

The Most Rev Justin Welby has wel­comed Church Army’s new re­source Step­ping into Evan­ge­lism.

The Arch­bishop said: “When Pharaoh kept the people of God as slaves he in­structed them to make bricks but did- n’t give them the straw they needed to make them. Our God is en­tirely the op­po­site – God charges us with a task then gives us what we need.

“This re­source is a gift from God, via Church Army, to en­able each of us to live out the most free­ing, ex­cit­ing and life­giv­ing of man­dates that God of­fers: to be wit­nesses to Je­sus Christ. This is just the kind of thing we need.”

Chap­ters in the book­let in­clude: Why is evan­ge­lism God’s idea? and How can your church reach the com­mu­nity?

Church Army Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Mark Rus­sell, said: “Evan­ge­lism can be a scary prospect for many people or just an­other thing to add to life’s to-do list.

“Oth­ers may see it as merely a growth strat­egy for the church. Yet, evan­ge­lism is so ex­cit­ing when viewed from God’s per­spec­tive! It is God’s vi­sion to see lives changed, hearts re­newed, cre­ation re­stored and people trans­formed into fol­low­ers of Je­sus.

“And the best news about all of this is that he wants us to be in­volved. There­fore, we hope Step­ping into evan­ge­lism will be a real en­cour­age­ment and bless­ing to the wider church.”

Step­ping into Evan­ge­lism is avail­able to pur­chase for £3 from Church Army’s web­site www.chur­charmy.org.uk/sie or by tele­phon­ing 0300 123 2113.

A free sam­ple chap­ter of the book­let is avail­able to read on our web­site www.church­news­pa­per.com.

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