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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

June 2015

Archbishop praises work of narrowboat chaplains
19 June 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury met with Waterways Chaplains at the start of his three-day visit to St Albans…

Archbishop praises new book on theology and church growth
9 June 2015
Jesus Christ alone is the reason for growing churches, says Archbishop in foreword to new book on theology…

May 2015

Archbishop preaches in China
31 May 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby preached today at Muen Church, Shanghai, China. Read his sermon below.

April 2015

Archbishop praises ‘crucial’ work of Fresh Expressions
23 April 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby has praised the “crucial” work of Fresh Expressions as the church in England…

Archbishop opens nominations for 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
10 April 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 Michael…

WATCH: Archbishop's interview with SAT-7
9 April 2015
In an interview with SAT-7, the Christian TV station based in the Middle East, Archbishop Justin spoke…

WATCH: Archbishop Justin's Holy Week lectures
5 April 2015
Archbishop Justin reflected on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism in three lectures at Canterbury…

Archbishop Justin's Holy Week Lecture: The Challenge of Witness
1 April 2015
Read the third of Archbishop Justin's Holy Week lectures: The Challenge of Witness. It was delivered…

March 2015

Holy Week lectures at Canterbury Cathedral
25 March 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury will reflect on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism in three lectures…

Lambeth Lectures: Archbishop Justin on evangelism - video
5 March 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury has set out his vision for a Church in which every Christian shares "the…

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