Growing in Christ – Part IV
Now we come to the second horizontal arm of the Disciple’s Cross. Part I of this essay dealt with the center of the cross which is Jesus Christ. A close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ always is the center of a growing Christian’s life. Parts I and II also testified to the importance of prayer and Bible study. Part III examined fellowship with other Christians.
This fourth and final part analyzes evangelism. This activity is different from the others. Parts I through III identified essential activities required for Christian growth. These activities include Abiding in Christ (in the center of the cross), Prayer, Bible Study, and Fellowship with other Christians. Acts 2: 42 refers to these activities
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NAS)
Acts 2:42 does not mention evangelism. But evangelism is so important that it is part of the Disciple’s Cross. Why is evangelism so important? Why do we evangelize?