And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12)
Day 21 of 40: A friend of mine is a chef, and man can he cook! I tasted a bit of his expertise this past Pascha in the form of a brisket. I can cook, but he is a chef. This dichotomy of cooks versus chefs can help us understand our Christianity.
I may be blessed with a prophetic moment, but I am not a prophet. I might be called to teach at times, but am I really a teacher? The same is true of evangelism. We are all called to evangelism, but not all of us are called to be evangelists. We each have different strengths, also known as spiritual gifts. Embracing our gifts does not mean we ignore the rest of our Christianity. So yes, we are all called to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), just as everyone can be a cook and should know how to prepare a meal.
Helping all Orthodox Christians understand that Orthodox evangelism is a natural way of life isn’t just my job, it is also my passion. Yes I work for the Antiochian Archdiocese full-time in evangelism, but I was offered and accepted the position because this was already a passion of mine.
My goal is to help you inspire this same passion in all of the Orthodox Christians you encounter. There are many different forms and methods of evangelism. For the next six days we will take a look a construct I have created to help us understand Orthodox evangelism. I call it the Evangelism Cube. Each side of the cube represents a different aspect of Orthodox evangelism. Each day, for the next six days, we examine one side of the cube and how it relates to the other sides.
And remember, we are all called to cook.