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Campus View Church of Christ

1360 S. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA   30605
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ECHO - SEPTEMBER 2016

Echo
 
Before we get to echo, let's talk about another word- Evangelize. There’s a church word that’s been around for a long time. It’s actually a Greek word that simply means, “to announce good news.” And long before it was used in any church, it described the activity of heralds as they rushed to communicate to people something spectacular and wonderful that had just happened.  It was a political act.
“The battle is won and our people are saved!”
“A son has been born to the king- his rule will endure.”
“The treaty is signed and hostilities are settled.”
 
That Greek verb eventually was translated into an English noun: “Gospel.”
These words produce so many different reactions in our society. Among those that claim no Christian affiliation, evangelism can create feelings of distaste, fear, oppression, and irrelevance. Among people familiar with the Christian faith, encouragements to share the gospel can bring discomfort, memories of outdated methods that seemed forced, or feelings of inadequacy and fear.
 
I think that many of our fears and ideas about evangelism and the gospel result from some misunderstandings that have been perpetuated through the centuries. Over the next 4 weeks we’re going back to Scripture to listen carefully about the nature and methods of the Gospel. I hope it will give us all hope and in what Scripture says is our primary vocation. Namely, for our life to be an echo.
 
Echo: A repeated sound. A reverberation. A reflection.