The Heart of Evangelism

by Lynn Harney

Lynn Harney“Sing to the Lord, all the Earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations; His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.” 1 Chronicles 16:23-25 NKJV

The above verses are a part of the first psalm David sang at the arrival of the ark of God in Jerusalem for the first time. In it I find both the mission and the heart of evangelism. We are told what to proclaim, when to proclaim it, where we should proclaim it, who we should be talking about and why.

What we are to proclaim is “His salvation”, that is the salvation He provided that we were unable to achieve on our own. More to the point, we would not even have come up with such a great plan on our own. The evidence of this is overwhelming, every other option for having a relationship with God is through our own good works. We are told in the New Testament in many ways that it is only through Jesus that we can come to the Father. “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 “There is no other name by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 “There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5 Just to name a few. This shows us this is His salvation, His idea on His terms.

Once we receive Christ we are to proclaim His glory and His wonders. Glory, now that is not a word we use in the every day world and we Christians might be at risk of taking it for granted. One of its meanings is to give an accurate opinion of a person or a thing. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the gift of God, is the most accurate description of God there could ever be. In it we see His love, mercy, holiness, and justice. Hebrews 1 tells us Jesus was “the express image of God” or the exact representation of Him. There is no more wonderful thing in life than that Christ would give His for mine that I could share His.

We are told to proclaim it, from day to day. Our lives are to be a continual proclamation of His salvation. Need I say more?

Where we are told to proclaim it. Among the nations to all the peoples. There are no cultural boundaries, racial or economic divides. It is for all people. Some claim the Gospel to be exclusionary and in one way it is that is, in its means or how one is saved. But who it is for, is everyone who is willing to come, on His terms. So we make the Gospel available to everyone all of the time.

Finally, we are told why. “For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.” Once again the character of God becomes the focus. Mans’ need for a savior is not the focus, though implied, by God Himself. When people see what God is really like their need becomes obvious. Isaiah saw the LORD and fell on his face, “Woe is me, I am undone. I am a man of unclean lips.” So our lives should evidence the character of God.

David through this Psalm was rededicating his life focus to the person and work of God so that everyone would know how great is our God. We call ourselves The Hope Center not merely because people’s physical needs can be met but because our wonderous God can be met in their time of need.

 

Lynn Harney is the co-director of Foundations Life Recovery program at The Hope Center. He and his wife, Wanda, served with New Tribes Mission for 22 years among the Manjaku people as church planters in Senegal, Africa. They have four children, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. 

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Welcome Ashley Imes to The Hope Center Family!

As we posted earlier, long-time friend & employee, Fran Williamson, retired at the end of 2013. While we were sad to see her go, we’re thankful for the young woman who God brought to replace her.

We are so happy to introduce you to one of our newest staff members, Ashley Imes.

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Ashley began working with Wildside Youth Ministries in December of 2013 as Fran was preparing for retirement. She has adapted quickly to the job and is excited about the various ways God is going to use her in this ministry.

Ashley is a graduate of Clear Spring High School and is currently a student at Frostburg State University at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown (USMH). She’s majoring in Psychology and is interested in working in Human Services in the future. She currently attends Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown.

Ashley has actually volunteered at The Hope Center in the past. She used to help prepare and serve the meal following the evening chapel services with the church she formerly attended.

Because of her experience volunteering, she had a desire to help more and was quick to talk to Adrian Black about any opportunities for employment at The Hope Center. When the position at Wildside opened up, she was ready and excited to join the team.

Her job at Wildside offers her a wide variety of activities. She helps set up for Wildside’s after-school events as well as helping to prepare for Sunday Night Wild each week. In addition to that, her duties include organizing and keeping the operation running efficiently, processing all the mailings to families and volunteers, and contacting parents, building a trusting relationship with them and notifying them about upcoming events.

Ashley is in a perfect spot to really have a chance to learn about the needs in our city while also helping to make a difference in the lives of kids and their families in Hagerstown.

She says,  “I love working here.  I love knowing that even the small things I do are helping to make a difference.  I have a heart for this area and God is allowing me to see close up the great needs of the people we work with and how He is meeting those needs through this ministry.”

We are so happy to have Ashley join this ministry! We thank God that He provided such a wonderful, caring & compassionate woman to join Wildside Youth Ministries and help us work to reach Hagerstown for Christ.

We are excited to see how God will use her to impact lives for Him!

Please pray for Ashley as she begins her ministry at The Hope Center. And continue to pray for all of our dedicated staff. Our staff see the disastrous effects of sin and death each day. Working in this ministry can be greatly rewarding and also very discouraging. Knowing that friends in our community are praying for us and supporting us helps us continue to fight the good fight. We appreciate all your support and prayers!

If you are interested in volunteering with Wildside Youth or any of our other ministries, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You an also check out all of our various programs and become familiar with our ministry at www.hagerstownrescue.org.