Evangelism: An Act of Worship

By: Robert E. Zink

Sinclair Ferguson writes, “The single most important activity of your life is to worship God. You were made for this – to offer your whole life, in all its parts, as a hymn of praise to the Lord” (1). Each of us are creatures made to worship. This is why the psalmist urges readers to worship the Lord from the innermost being (Psalm 103:1) and Paul contends that Christians should offer their lives as a sacrifice, which is an act of spiritual worship (Romans 12:1). The expression of worship can be manifested in a variety of means. Have you ever considered then, that evangelism is also an act of worship to God?

First, consider what worship is. It is a response to the attributes and/or activities of God in Spirit and truth (John 4:23) (2). The call upon the Christian life is a life of worship to the one, true God. Such a call is one meant to draw out an inward conviction into outward action in order that God may be glorified and praised for who he is and what he does.

Consider also, what is evangelism? Evangelism is more than a call; it is a command upon the lives of believers. So important is this aspect of the Christian life that the Lord Jesus Christ included it in his alpha and omega commands (cf. Matthew 4:19; Acts 1:8). Evangelism is the method that God has ordained for his people to be saved and therefore it serves a vital role in the salvation process because it communicates the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. In doing so, it presents who man is in light of who God is.

Moreover, it is a proclamation to conversion because of what God has done.

Therefore, evangelism is a response to who God is and what he does, making it an act of worship. Evangelism then, is a tremendous form of worship because it calls attention to God, gives glory to God, and sees lives transformed by God. Perhaps we should be reminded of an important aspect of evangelism from the words of Mark Dever:

The Christian call to evangelism is a call not simply to persuade people to make decisions but rather to proclaim to them the Good news of salvation in Christ . . . We don’t fail in our evangelism if we faithfully present the Gospel and yet the person is not converted; we fail only if we don’t faithfully present the Gospel at all (3).

Evangelism then, is more than act of obedience. It is an act of devotion, an act of adoration, and an act of glorification of the Father. Therefore, one way to fulfill the Lord’s command to worship him is by exalting him through the proclamation of his message, the gospel.

(1) Sinclair Ferguson, Healthy Christian Growth (Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust, 1991), 7.
(2) This definition of worship is not my own, but comes from my former professor, Dr. Greg Harris, author of the Glory Books (The Cup and the Glory, The Stone and the Glory, and The Darkness and the Glory) and professor at The Master’s Seminary and University.
(3) Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2000), 123.
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