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Mobilizing the Church for Evangelism

By Bishop Jonathan Ferriol

Mobilization is the act of assembling people or resources to set for action. The term mobilization was first used in the military context to describe the preparation of the Russian army during the 1850’S and 1860’s. It is a common action of nations to mobilize in times of wars and catastrophes.

As people of God, we are engaged in a spiritual warfare. We are called to be soldiers of Christ and thus are not combatants of this world. We fight for eternal things – this makes us understand why we need to mobilize the gospel. The church needs to have mind, one heart, and one sentiment of Christ Jesus to bring the Gospel to the end of the world. Mobilization is our response to the call of our Lord Jesus Christ through His apostle in the Church.

As part of the church, it is imperative that we take part in the mobilization. To be one with this mission is necessary because the only way for us to come out to this wrestle alive and victorious is when we mobilize ourselves under the leadership of the Goodman of the House (Matthew 24:43). To be ignorant of how one should battle with the End-time challenges will mean spiritual defeat and failure. But through the apostle, the church is being taught of the components so that we do not become blinded of our role as people in the end-time.

HOW TO BE PART OF THE CHURCH MOBILIZATION

Join the Evangelism Ministry

“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 commended you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”- Matthew 28:19-20

Let us make evangelism a culture of the 4th Watch church. Culture gives the individuals or groups the feeling of unity with the group. It enables them to live and work together without too much confusion and mutual interference. Evangelism should be deeply rooted in each one. This must be part of heart, mind, and character of our personhood. What makes one nation exultant is its culture; without this, a nation certainly stumbles easily because culture shows unity. Thus, in the church, we should be profoundly embedded in evangelism. By doing this, we are not just being preserved as Christians but we are being enriched.  We need to understand that evangelism is a way for us not just to protect our culture but to promote our culture.

Evangelism is not just about saving one’s soul but it is also about conversion. The ultimate call of evangelism is not only to save the person from the burning fire from the burning house but to make that person equally a savior and a rescuer of others who are still in the burning house. It involves converting someone to a person possessing the nature and character of God, and the culture of heaven and the church. Evangelism does not end in simply making a person believe.

It requires someone to change his old ways and become a new creation.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”-2 Corinthians 5:17

 

An integral part of discipleship is to inculcate to the person actuations of Jesus Christ that is being taught in the church. In 1 Corinthians 4:17,

“For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.”

In this verse, we can see that God has His own pattern or way of life that the church has to follow. These ways or customs should be infused to the person to live like Christ. This is why, in the church, we are not just after the mass of people but we care about their transformation into the likeness and image of Christ.

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ formed in you”-Galatians 4:19

That transformation of the person in Christ-likeness is what culture is all about. Our seal as 4th watchers is our cultural transformation to the culture of the Lord. This is the value system that we practice as people of God in the end-time. What is the character of Christ? He is a missionary and He saves us by His grace. This is why we should be part of the evangelism ministry – we are missionaries like Christ. To redirect your culture means to lose meaning of your life. We cannot just shrug off our shoulders and detached ourselves from this. Our culture demands that we do something about evil in our time that we must bring the gospel in a sinful and hurting world. We should live our lives for Christ and we must be fervent because there are so many things that need to be done. The Lord is bringing the church to unprecedented height of service, growth and breakthrough.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.”-Philippians 1:27

 

THREE ASPECTS OF MOBILIZATION

Enforce

There must be an enforcing person or agency. Evangelism is not a random arbitrary involvement of believers. Evangelism is a task that must be enforced and we know that the great commission is commanded no less than by Jesus himself. Who is the enforcer? The apostle is the chief enforcer of the church.

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of  season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”-2 Timothy 4:1-2

Evangelism must be enforced because it is through this that the church is growing. Implementation involves two ideas: the idea of punishment and the idea of reward. When there is a law there is a need to be executed. One who follows the law must be rewarded otherwise, one will be punished.

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”- Mark 8:38

“For if I do this thing willingly, I have reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.”-1 Corinthians 9:17

 

Enlist

Every one of us is required to be enlisted. We must also be engaged in mobilization without exception. We should always have visitors and guests. No executive with busy works to excuse himself from evangelism. If you lose yourself to Christ you will gain. Enlistment is mandatory. Our enlistment must be driven by firm resolved and utter sincerity. In the book of Luke 9:57-62,

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. “He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

 

Engage

This is the defining moment – when we finally do evangelism. Our engagement must be relentless and thorough. Every phase of a believer’s life must speak of the gospel. We must engage ourselves to the work of the mission.

When we put our hands together and work hard, when we partner ourselves with one another and with the sent ones of the Lord, we will be able to win this war for we have nations to save.

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