THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
PRINCIPLES OF EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Matthew 10:7-15
Jesus came to save us all. He already won our salvation on
the cross. Now that salvation has to be accepted by us, as
we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. For that to happen, we
look to the process of evangelization: Jesus sends, we proclaim,
people hear, they believe, they call on the name of the Lord,
they are saved (see Romans 10:13-15a). Thus Jesus sent out
his disciples (v.5a) and told them, “As you go, make
this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
(v.7). Jesus started the process going and we continue with
has broken through the darkness in the world and brought his
light. While the whole world is under the dominion of the
evil one (see 1 Jn 5:19), Jesus has already defeated him.
The process of reclaiming what rightly belongs to God has
started. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. What completes
the process is the work of evangelization.
we need to understand what evangelization is. We look to certain
principles of evangelization instructed by Jesus himself.
what does evangelization entail? The following were literally
done by Jesus’ disciples during his time, and is still
being done by his disciples today, whether literally or figuratively.
the sick” (v.8a). People in the world are not experiencing
the physical, emotional and spiritual health that God intends
for His people. Bringing people to Christ brings them to
the divine healer.
the dead” (v.8b). People are dead in sin. Proclaiming
Christ and bringing people to repentance and faith in Jesus
restores them to life.
lepers” (v.8c). People in serious sin are outside
the community of God’s people, as were lepers in Israel
at that time. Proclaiming Christ and bringing them to repentance
and faith in Jesus cleanses them from sin and restores them
to their status as children of the Father and members of
Christ’s body on earth.
out demons.” (v.8d). People in serious sin are under
the dominion of the evil one, preventing them from enjoying
the life that God intends for them. Proclaiming Christ and
bringing them to repentance and faith in Jesus moves them
out of the devil’s dominion and away from diabolical
salvation is God’s free gift. “Without cost you
have received; without cost you are to give.” (v.8e).
We received, and now we are to give. And in the same way,
we give without charging money for what we give. Thus our
CLSs and LCSs are free. Money should not be an obstacle to
people, especially the poor, hearing the gospel. Further,
as God’s workers, we are not to benefit financially
from proclaiming the gospel. Too many evangelists get rich
off the gospel (which also help to bring them down). For our
part, we do not charge for our “services,” and
when we receive stipends (which often is the practice in the
Church for resource persons), we do not take these for our
own but put these in our mission fund.
we are to depend on God and His providence. God sends us,
God provides for us. “The laborer deserves his keep.”
not take gold or silver or copper for your belts”
(v.9). While today we do need money for our work and mission
(we can’t depend on angels to fly us to our mission
area but we need to buy a ticket), we are not to be constrained
by a seeming lack of it. Oftentimes we look to putting all
resources together first before embarking on mission. While
we indeed need to be prudent, we must not be held back by
limited resources. Money does not determine mission, but
rather, mission is decided on and money should be forthcoming.
“no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals,
or walking stick.” (v.10a). We are just to be armed
with zeal to proclaim the gospel. We do not need props or
extensive support mechanisms. While PowerPoints today can
help in evangelization, the proclamation of the gospel ought
to remain simple enough.
we are to be peacemakers. “As you enter a house wish
it peace.” (v.12). We are instruments of the Prince
of Peace. Peace can only come into people’s hearts and
homes as they turn to Jesus.
especially with LCSC, we are to focus on the proclamation
of the gospel. If we offer our LCS to a parish or whatever
other public, if we are introducing Christ to people, and
we are rebuffed or rejected, we simply move on. “Whoever
will not receive you or listen to your wordsgo outside
that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.”
(v.14). There is much work to be done and there are many opportunities
out there that God will provide us.