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Evangelism and Witness

"The best decision that anyone can ever make, at any time, in any place, is to follow Jesus Christ." Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop Justin Welby has made evangelism a priority because it’s the only response there is to what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. As Christians we know that Jesus proves God has chosen to be for all people – offering his love to each of us without conditions. Through his life, teaching, death and resurrection, Jesus shows that God has completely changed this world, these communities, and our lives.

So many people are living with no knowledge of what God has done to entirely change their situation. Evangelism means sharing this good news, because it’s too good to keep to ourselves.

Archbishop Justin is listening to voices from throughout the church, and developing ideas for how he can support this sharing through evangelism and witness:

-  evangelism means showing others – through our words, actions, attitudes and interactions – how God has offered every one of us a new start. And because this message is about the person of Jesus Christ, that message is always loving, always gracious, and always particular. Ultimately this is the work of God, but this work requires us to consider, in every new situation, how we can show others they are loved by God.

-  witness is about what we do with what we have seen: the love of God in Jesus Christ. It flows from our personal meeting with Jesus: we are those who are witnesses firsthand of his love and grace, his forgiveness and mercy, his goodness and light, his welcome and his life. We are those who have heard him address us, we have known him take our guilt away. We have been called by name by him, and set to be witnesses for him to those around us. Witness is the work of the every Christian disciple, and stems from confidence that the best decision any human being can make is to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Find news, sermons and interviews about evangelism and witness

March 2016

Sharing Jesus with older people – Lambeth Palace hosts church’s seniors coffee morning
9 March 2016
Lambeth Palace hosted Holy Trinity Claygate’s Connections coffee morning for older people.

Archbishop backs Christians in Sport
7 March 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby says evangelism is "critical to expressing what it is to be a Christian" at Christians…

'The only certainty in the world is Jesus Christ' - Archbishop speaks at New Wine conference
7 March 2016
Read the Archbishop's talk at the New Wine Leadership Conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

February 2016

Archbishops call for ‘great wave of prayer’ for evangelism during Pentecost
26 February 2016
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation…

Archbishop announces shortlist for 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
22 February 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize,…

Evangelism is 'our duty, privilege and joy', Archbishop tells Synod
16 February 2016
Evangelism and witness is 'not an app, it's the operating system' of the church, Archbishop Justin Welby…

October 2015

Archbishop: Jesus 'opens the door to a new life'
18 October 2015
Jesus offers us a life "fuller than we can imagine" the Archbishop of Canterbury said in this sermon…

July 2015

Archbishop Justin: 'Jesus calls us to live in hope'
29 July 2015
Christians are called to live in hope not fear, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in this talk at HTB…

Archbishop visits News UK offices to speak about Christian faith
8 July 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke to News UK staff about his experience of Christian life.

June 2015

'You give hope' - Archbishop visits addiction recovery centre
20 June 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury praises Stevenage addiction recovery service that "stands in the place of Jesus".

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