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Editorial Introduction
by Captain Peter Brookshaw, guest editor

Preface to JAC 118, by Stephen Court

Greetings in Jesus' name.  Welcome to JAC118 - the 118th issue of Journal of Aggressive Christianity.  We're blessed this round with a guest editor, Captain Pete Brookshaw, who is no stranger to JAC, contributing frequently and being featured in JAC104's Brookshaw issue.  The theme for JAC118 is EVANGELISM.  And to speak to this crucial issue Brookshaw scoured the planet and has recruited articles from northern Norway all the way Down Under!  The contributors approach this truly global issue of the world's need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ from a heavily Australian perspective.  Also, we're blessed with some voices new to JAC - welcome.  And, enjoy.

I sense a new season for The Salvation Army. One that embraces the full gamut of the gifts found within the body of Christ. This edition of Journal of Aggressive Christianity is about one of those gifts, and one of those callings for followers of Jesus: namely, evangelism.

It’s a word that has been somewhat lost amid words such as love, justice, care, teaching and pastor. There are reasons for this. For some decades now we’ve embraced pastoral and teaching gifts. We’ve celebrated great pastoral leaders (which we should), and we’ve focused in on academic achievement. In terms of Ephesians 4:11-12, we’ve been comfortable with Shepherds (Pastors) and Teachers, but have at time, found ourselves pushing the Apostle, Prophet and Evangelist to the outskirts.

Though we need all of these gifts functioning well if The Salvation Army is to thrive into the 21st Century.

The Apostle starts new initiatives and tries things that others may find risky. They know they can create new systems and ideas that usher in the Kingdom of God on earth.

The Prophets call people back to the Word of God and hold us accountable when we drift.

The Evangelists are known for leading people to Jesus. They believe that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary for Salvation. And they’re passionate to see that salvation occur.

The Shepherds lay down their lives for the sheep. They are there for them whenever they are struggling, hurting and in need of pastoral support.

The Teachers expound on the Word of God. They want people to wrestle more deeply with truth and with the ins and outs of the Scripture, both Old and New Testaments.

This edition calls people to consider evangelism. I think we need to think about this afresh. We need to re-embrace the evangelists into our movement. You know the people I’m talking about: They are passionate about calling people to follow Jesus. We need them! Evangelists are part of the body of Christ, and when united with the apostle, prophet, shepherd and teacher, a strong united kingdom front is established!

This edition takes a look at evangelism from a predominantly Australian perspective and will challenge you to consider what you think evangelism is and what it means for your life.  








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