From Creation, God created man for relationship with Himself. However, man sinned and that special union was shattered. They could no longer commune with Him. Death (separation) entered, and now that ongoing intimacy which man was designed to experience with his Creator was tragically severed. At that very moment, we can imagine the passionate heart of our loving God as He set in motion the perfect plan to redeem fallen mankind, the object of His great love. The Creator immediately brings hope in the midst of the desperate circumstances. Amazingly, the words of hope that are brought forth are spoken directly to the serpent himself!
and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).
Here we have the first prophecy of the coming Messiah, the One who would be the restorer of broken relationship. Good News in the midst of a bad situation!
In the appointed time, Jesus, God’s one and only begotten Son, the spotless Lamb of God, came to this earth, willingly laid down His life as our sin satisfier (propitiation, 1 John 2:2), and died our death upon the cross. Jesus paid our penalty (Romans 6:23) and He paved the way for our relationship to be restored. Jesus was the Promised One of Genesis 3:15, the One who finally bruised the head of the enemy. He was the One that made it possible for those who were alienated from God to be brought back. He opened the door for God’s Kingdom to once again be reestablished here on Earth.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He prepared a group of people from every walk of life whose job it would be to spread the message of the Kingdom to every corner of the earth, to every man and woman, to every boy and girl. The plan that Jesus set in motion was the one that the Father had destined before time began. It was a plan that would entrust this message of the Kingdom into the hands of frail and fallible followers from then on. It was a simple plan that went something like this: the original disciples were prepared by Jesus and empowered by His Holy Spirit to go out with the message of the Gospel. They would be used to take this message to multitudes, who would in turn repent and receive the offer of the Kingdom. They would then prepare these followers who, like them, would be sent out to do the same thing. These would prepare and send more, and this process would continue throughout the centuries. This seemingly “simple plan” was risky. God Himself destined and entrusted this marvelous message with His redeemed people. What an awesome thought! Even Angels wonder at this marvelous plan (1 Peter 1:12).
But think about it! You and I have been predestined, privileged, and commissioned (Mark 16:15) to take this message to the whole earth. This means that each of us who are born into God’s Kingdom family—no matter what our gifts, our personalities, our family of origin, our financial status, etc.— are to be witnesses of this message to everyone, everywhere. You and I are the instruments that God has chosen to display His love and grace.
BRINGING HEAVEN TO EARTH
When teaching His disciples to pray, Jesus said, “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:910).
In this prayer pattern, Jesus was careful to place world evangelism in the first two petitions. Notice the two prayer requests that each of his disciples are to pray:
- God’s Kingdom to come and be established here on earth.
- How is God’s Kingdom to be established here on earth? It is to be established in the hearts and lives of men and women as they respond to the message of the Gospel (see John 3).
- How is the message of the Gospel to be delivered?
Mark 16:15, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.’”
God’s church, His called-out ones, His disciples, are to be the instruments that deliver the message of the Gospel to the whole world.
- Your will be done on earth, just as it is in heaven.
- What is God’s will on earth?
- We know that one thing which God wills on this earth is that all men would be saved.
“He is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that
any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
It is our privileged responsibility to be a catalyst for “bringing heaven to earth” through our Spirit filled witness in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, country, and world. It is our destiny to make a difference one life at a time. This is Evangelism Kingdom Style — the people of God, forever changed by the love of God, empowered by the Spirit of God, armed with the message of God, sent to demonstrate the grace of God to everyone. The basic premise of this book is to clearly declare the definitive purpose and commission of the Body of Christ. The Bride has a specific destiny to partner with the Holy Spirit in bringing heaven to earth. “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). Freely we have received of this life-giving water, and now we are to freely give (Matthew 10:8). This will be accomplished through different people and various methods, but there is only one message — the message of life through Christ’s completed work on the cross.
FULFILLING YOUR KINGDOM PURPOSE
There are many who struggle with the idea of evangelism. Some believe that it is not their personal responsibility because they do not have the gifting of an evangelist. Perhaps some believe, “God will save whom He will save anyway, so I am not responsible.” Many are frightened when it comes to the thought of sharing their faith with someone else, and others who profess to be Christians live in a state of apathy and disobedience and make no apology for their fruitless existence.
Whatever the reason may be, many of God’s people are not enjoying the blessings of obedience in this area. Countless saints have never lead another person to Christ. Sadly, many have not been taught regarding the subject of evangelism. Maybe this is because it is not a popular message which draws large crowds or excites the saints. There truly is no greater thrill than having the privilege of leading someone into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and the joy of seeing a precious soul walk in the blessings of His Kingdom. I trust that you will be motivated and encouraged as you read and ponder the material that follows.