Local Outreach | Evangelist James Bynum
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives this command to His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Here at GBF, we encourage the saints to put this essential command into practice through various evangelistic outlets.
When it comes to spreading the good news of Christ, believers should never allow inexperience or anxiety to hinder their execution of this divine charge. The tendency to sit back and let other saints who are “more qualified” carry out this mission is an unfortunate reality in many churches. But the command of spreading the gospel was not given to those who have a heart for missions or those who are particularly well spoken and confidant in every area of theology; rather, it was given to every single child of God. For this reason, we believe that it is essential for our saints to participate in various evangelistic ministries where they can practice spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to those who are lost.
James Bynum is one of our members who has been heavily involved in street preaching and evangelism over the course of several years. Evangelism needs to be rooted in the local church, and James has been faithful in spearheading several evangelistic gatherings for the saints at GBF.
“It is the evangelist’s job to make Jesus known to all the world by proclaiming the gospel,” says James.
Where does this start? In the church. The church makes up the Body of Christ, and it is within the church that believers can and should begin practically following Christ’s commandment by planting seeds of the gospel to fellow churchgoers. Whether this means inviting friends and co-workers to Sunday service or passing out gospel tracts in downtown San Jose, all believers need to fulfill their greatest commission by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But for many believers, the very word “evangelism” can sound rather intimidating. It is all too easy to assume that spreading the gospel implies some sort of great expedition across the world or standing on a street corner with a sign and a booming voice. But the beauty of the gospel is found in its simplicity as well as its effectiveness; God can work in mighty ways through even the smallest means.
“I’ve seen people get saved by reading gospel tracts,” says Bynum. “Even something as simple as handing out tracts is important because it is a spiritual, God-glorifying act, and people get saved!”
Bynum’s evangelistic ministry is particularly unique in that it is geared to help believers from all different walks of life. The goals of this particular outreach ministry include spreading the gospel to unbelievers, as well as helping believers learn how to share their faith boldly. To encourage this, Bynum has started sending regular emails to various church members who have shown an interest in his ministry, and has also been referring people to his evangelistic website (RepentAndLive.com) for tips and resources on spreading the gospel to others. The purpose of this, as Bynum says, is to build teamwork, encourage others in their ministry, offer resources, and bring the word “evangelism” to people once a week.
“Evangelism is hard!” says Bynum. “But being a disciple of Jesus Christ means being purposeful and overcoming the fear of man. After all, we can’t save anyone—we are merely the seed-sowers. Our job is to take this great message and give it to someone else, and then watch God work in their lives.”
We highly encourage all members in the church body to join, even if they want to simply listen in.
For more information, please contact James Bynum at StreetPreacherMan@gmail.com and learn more about his specific ministry at www.RepentAndLive.com.
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