Is there any other reason to live than evangelism?

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  1. Osage Bluestem

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    Do you think there is any reason to live other than evangelism.

    Everything is cursed and awaiting destruction. There is nothing here but sin, sickness, pain, and death, every day.

    If we as christians are not helping others to come to know Christ what else is there for us in this world?

    Philippians 1:21-24 ESV
    21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
     
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    you wont get an argument from me....Totally agree:thumbsup:
     
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    I'd say evangelism, worship and discipleship.

    Evangelism: Spreading the gospel to the lost

    Worship: Serving, loving, praising, and taking pleasure in Him.

    Discipleship: Equipping the saints for the work of service (which includes all the above)
     
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    evangelism

    Yes we should.

    Ezekiel 3:
    18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text sound—may the glory of the LORD be praised from his place
    ] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
    20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”

    James 5:
    19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

    James 3:1
    Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
     
  5. JesusFan

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    Whatsoever you do, do it heartily as onto the Lord...
     
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    This is akin to the Westminster Shorter Catechism which begins:
     
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    Totally, agree, but some use this verse as an excuse for not doing that which we have been called to do. It's like, "I'll go play sports, but I'll do it heartily as unto the Lord, so that excuses me from participating in the great commission."

    Nothing wrong with sports, but doing them "heartily as unto the Lord" doesn't necessarily make disciples or win the lost.
     
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    1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    It is incomplete to say living is just about evangelism. Being a functioning part of the human race is that we are using our lives to glorify God and worship Him and participate with His plan of redemption at work in the world, and people, we encounter. We are to grow in our likeness to Christ.

    If living was just about evangelism it would see those outside of Christ have no spiritual worth. This ends up becoming sort of a quasi-nihilistic super-spirituality (I don't think the OP is here but this train of logic can get there.)

    Evangelism is important but it is not, imho, the ultimate point of living. :)
     
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    Think a partner verse for this would be the one referencing where Paul requests us to walk in a behavior/way befiiting those of us saved in the Lord, to do the good works God has prepared beforehand that we might walk in them and bring glory to his name!
     
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    The chief end of man is...
     
  11. Osage Bluestem

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    To glorify God and enjoy him forever.
     

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