Article 19 – Evangelistic Mission of Church

Articles of Faith

19-1. The Church has been commissioned by Jesus Christ to preach the gospel to all nations.1 Each Particular Church and every believer bear responsibility for this commission.2 

19-2. God has clearly revealed in the Gospel the only way of salvation sufficient for and applicable to the whole lost race of mankind.3 Based on His infinite and perfect love and His expressed desire that all men be saved,4 He bids that the Church – with urgency, compassion, and persuasion – proclaim the gospel to all people and invite them to believe.5 

19-3. It is the duty and privilege of everyone who hears the gospel to repent and receive its merciful provisions.6 Those who do are saved,7 and those who continue in impenitence and unbelief incur aggravated guilt and perish by their own fault.8 

1 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mat.28:19,20). But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Act 1:8). 

2 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). 

3 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). 

4 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim.2:3,4). 

5 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (2 Cor.5:18-20). 

6 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom.10:13). 

7 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household” (Acts 16:31). I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24). 

8 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him (John 3:36). I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish (Luke 13:3). But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed (Rom.2:5).

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