The Work of the Church: Evangelism
Before Jesus ascended into heaven He left His disciples with what is often called the “Great Commission.” Mark recorded, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15). In the Bible this work is called “evangelism.” The word “evangelize” simply means to announce good news (the gospel).
Evangelism is the work of the whole church. ...
The Work of the Church – Edification
The English word edify appears twenty times in the New Testament in one form or another. The word means, “the act of building.” Nineteen of the twenty times this word is used in the New Testament it is used by Paul and has the sense of Christians encouraging or strengthening one another (Rom. 15:2; Eph. 4:29). It has been said that the church has three important works: evangelism, benevolence, and edification. Evangelism is ...
“And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Eph. 4:11-12). One of the works of the church, as listed above, is that of ministry. Many have understood this phrase to be the preaching of the gospel. However, this is not the case. Of this phrase David Lipscomb and J.W. Shepherd wrote, “Th...