Who is called to evangelise, and who to “apologise?”

All Christians are not called to be evangelists.

”It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers…” (Ephesians 4:11). So don’t feel guilty if you’re not out their evangelising. That, Christian, however, does not mean that you should not look for opportunities to share your faith.

Although all Christians are not called to be evangelists,  they are all called to be defenders (apologists) of the faith: ”Always be prepared to give a defence (apologia) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” ( 1 Peter 3:15).


8 thoughts on “Who is called to evangelise, and who to “apologise?”

  1. I read that last night in 1 Peter, along with something else that struck me. Peter seemed to be emphasizing to Christians to live by example. Therefore, the life of the Christian becomes a testimony to the faithfulness of God and His Word and promises. Lead by example and when asked, of course, be prepared to give your answer according to the scriptures. ….the problem is the new age kind of thinking is to lead by example but back away from friction, in the name of a so-called “Peace”. This is contrary, as you pointed out, to scripture. Christians will face animosity from the world when the time comes to stand up for Gods Word when challenged and voice our beliefs. .. not in the way that some think, that it should become a fight though. So, it continues that we become trapped into different ways of thinking. Do we avoid conflict in the name of “Peace” or do we simply refuse to back down when challenged on what we stand for? I think there is a big difference between standing up and agressively arguing.

    When Jesus was tempted, he didnt argue with satan – he only quoted the scriptures..
    Satan didnt argue with the scripture because he knows that all authority belongs to God and the Word of God is authority.

    Therefore, we dont rely on our own wisdom or logic but only on the pure unadulterated Word of God as our authority – yet keeping in mind what Paul said hereunder (and this is sometimes my own problem when trying to witness for God.. Evangalizing i dont think is my strength.. writing may be but not neccessarily voicing)

    1 Corinthians 3

    1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

  2. Karen,

    It’s impossible to practice what Jesus preached. He told you to turn the other cheek, but is that what he did when an out of season fruit tree didn’t produce a snack on demand for Jesus, or did he put a nasty curse on the big plant?

    Ask yourself, WWJD?

    “Think not that I came to send peace; I came to send a sword!”

    Some prince of peace, eh?

  3. The double edged sword refers to judgement/ dividing right from wrong. You will notice that the world has become very opposite to what Christ preached – today, there is no truth.. truth has become ‘relative’ .. of course this is a nonsense since even the design of nature needs the ‘science’ of truth to survive. There is a wrong way and a right way. If we take our eyes off the Right way to God, which he provided through His son, Jesus Christ, we will become tossed this way & that (Ephesians 4 13-14) especially inthe days in which we live where we’re given this “truth” and that “truth” – information abounds, its like info overload (see Daniel 12:4).. Anonymous, its very easy to discover the truth yourself but you will need the double edged sword to divide the information. 🙂

  4. Anon.. leading by example becomes less of an effort when one has a change of heart. Its like, I dont do anything for man, but only for the glory of God in my life. .. its hard to explain, but when you live your life trying to satisfy human expectations; clawing one’s peers out of the way trying to reach the ‘top’ (top of what?); grabbing whatever ‘amusement’ one can get out of life (surmounting to what?).. Gods Word strips away all the bull** and gets right to the heart of life. It all makes complete logical, factual and truthful sense but it wont make any sense if you dont have the double edged sword etched in your heart ….If you were to die tomorrow, what would matter to you today? (think Love, Family, Health, Kindness, Hope.. etc.)

    • Karen,

      I’m afraid I don’t “get” what you’ve written.

      My beliefs are informed by the Hebrew scriptures, including Numbers 23:19 (“G-d is not a man…nor a son of man…”).

      In your stream-of-consciousness bit of psychobabble, all I could find was a vague reference to the “Word of God”, but no explicit mention of any of His words. Please explain the connection between your beliefs and the Jewish Bible, because at the moment it’s unclear.

  5. Ok, you rightfully ask for scripture reference to support what ive said (as you put it “psychobabble”) :
    Its just quiet difficult to put it all down as there is alot..

    Hebrews 4:11-13 (NIV)

    12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

    Also, if you read Matthew 10 vs.9-40 – the scripture you quoted, in context – its meaning is quiet clear, but it may just come across as babble to you..

  6. Karen,

    Your vagueness is coming into focus now.

    I see now why you were so careful to avoid linking your theological platforms to an Scriptural verses: it’s because you can only tie them to Christian texts. Obviously, you know that in order for Jesus to be the messiah, he has to fulfill the Jewish Bible’s messianic prophecy, and since he clearly did not, you’re resorting to non-scriptural sources to justify clinging to Jesus’ messiahship.

    Just to be clear: when I ask you to support your psychobabble with Scripture, I’m talking about the Word of G-d, not the word of Paul.

    Care to try again?

  7. Anon, let’s not resort to nastiness as this reflects alot about a person. Please understand that I don’t sit the whole day messing around on Blogsites – I have a quick look during work as these issues are extremely pertinent to my heart.

    Now I understand your stance.. Numbers 23:19-20 – yes exactly. God is not Man. Quiet right.
    On which subject are you interested to hear me on and I’ll make time.Is this about the Sword referred to in the scriptures and new testament, or is your confusion over specifically Jesus Christ as our Messiah? … On your first entry, I assumed you were an atheist – heaven forbid.

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