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Why do Christians get involved in evangelism?
Evangelism is at the very heart of the Christian faith. The English word evangelism comes from the Greek word euangelion and means good news or gospel.
Evangelism is the sharing of the 'Good News' with people, in the hope that they might make a decision to become a Christian. Many Christians believe that evangelism is something they should do. Jesus shared, in what has become known as the 'The Great Commission',:
'Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 16-20
Also, the whole Bible is one long story of God attempting to restore people to a relationship with him after The Fall, culminating in the arrival of Jesus, the promised Messiah.
Christians believe that through Jesus' death, everyone can have a restored relationship with God, and won't have to suffer for their sins: Jesus took the punishment for our sins when he died on the cross.
This is the 'Good News' that evangelists share; they want everyone to be close to God so they tell people about what Jesus did.
In this film, Nathan and Guvna B talk about what it means for them to be an evangelist, why they do it, and what it involves.