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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 2014

Archbishop joins Town Pastors during visit to CofE in Suffolk
30 March 2014
Archbishop Justin joined the Town Pastors in Ipswich city centre on Friday night after arriving to join…

Archbishop Justin chairs first meeting of new evangelism task group
24 March 2014
Seeing people come to faith brings 'energy and renewal' to churches, says Archbishop Justin as new evangelism…

Archbishop Justin's Pause for Thought on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show
3 March 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered the Pause For Thought on Chris Evans's Radio 2 Breakfast…

February 2014

Father, make them one: Chemin Neuf community comes to Lambeth Palace
20 February 2014
In a joyful ceremony with guests from Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches, Archbishop Justin…

January 2014

Church's future is one of 'joy and hope' says Archbishop
27 January 2014
In this sermon, preached yesterday at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate in Sandringham in…

Archbishop appoints US priest as Canterbury preacher
16 January 2014
Archbishop Justin hopes the Revd Dr Tory Baucum's presence as one of Canterbury Cathedral's Six Preachers…

‘It’s not about politics, it’s about love’ – Archbishop gives first New Year Message
1 January 2014
This year let us 'set our eyes on changing the world around us,' the Archbishop of Canterbury says in…

December 2013

New year is time to look for hope: Archbishop's Thought for the Day
31 December 2013
Archbishop Justin gave the final Thought for the Day of 2013 on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.…

A Christmas message to British troops in Afghanistan
26 December 2013
The Archbishop used a special Christmas message to British troops to assure them that in Britain 'we…

Pupils ask Archbishop: ‘Why is diversity a gift?’
5 December 2013
‘In every person that I meet, I see a little bit of Jesus,’ the Archbishop told pupils visiting Lambeth…

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