EVANGELIZING THE LOST
There are no two ways about it. Without Jesus, people are hopelessly lost.
And because lost people matter to God, they matter to us. It’s why we’ve sent missionaries to the steppes of Mongolia, the slums of Peru, and to Europe’s glittering metropolises. Whether they live in indigence or opulence, those outside of Christ need good news. They need to know that they can experience new life in Him.
Jesus came to set sin’s captives free from eternal darkness and death. And He calls us to join Him in His mission of evangelism and discipleship. Both involve intentional processes. Evangelism begins as a relationship. It is initiated and cultivated for the purpose of communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ and the new life He offers. This life is available for now and for all eternity to anyone who repents and receives God’s grace. Grace is made possible only through Christ’s sacrificial death and Resurrection.
The process of discipleship is life long and involves the work of God’s Holy Spirit. Its focus is on making Christ Lord in every category of life. Discipleship will result in the carrying out of God’s mission: to bring about the entrance of mankind into the eternal Kingdom that He has prepared for us. For The Alliance, this worldwide missionary passion was born in the heart of founder A. B. Simpson as he was captured by the truth of Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”