On our World Methodist Evangelism page that explores our manifesto – a core statement of belief – we share our conviction that evangelism is, “the radical idea that all of creation – human beings, nature, our entire universe – all of creation needs to be healed, transformed – saved. It’s the radical idea that all can be saved, and all can know that they are saved.”
This healing and transformation takes place globally and locally, at home and around the world. We celebrate the fusion of outreach when churches in our home region respond to the call to engage in faith-sharing beyond their own vicinity.
On Sunday I was privileged to preach at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, Indiana. This congregation has a fresh, invigorated vision of proclaiming God’s Kingdom in their hometown and around the world (including an appreciation for four-legged outreach).
Partnerships with vibrant local congregations is a key component of World Methodist Evangelism’s ability to continue to equip pastors and church leaders in faith sharing. The Holy Spirit is faithful as we foster connections across denominations and cultures, nationality and race. These relationships were key in the New Testament, too.
“We sent Timothy, our brother and coworker for God in proclaiming the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions.” (I Thessalonians 3:2-3)
“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)