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Evangelism and its symbols

Evangelism and its symbols

Evangelism and its symbols

Is the preaching of the gospel or the practice of giving information about a particular doctrine with the intention of converting others to the Christian faith.

This term is not restricted to any particular Christian tradition, and should not be confused with Evangelicalism, a common term for a wide range of "Evangelical" Protestant churches and groups.

Christians who specialize in evangelism are often known as evangelists, whether they are in their home communities or living as missionaries in the field.

The word "evangelist" comes from the  euangelion) via Latinised evangelium as used in the canonical titles of the Four Gospels, authored by (or attributed to)MatthewMarkLuke, and John (also known as the Four Evangelists). The Greek word originally meant a reward given to the messenger for good news

In recent history, certain Bible passages have been used to promote evangelism. 

The evangelist in some churches is one that travels from town to town and from church to church, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It can also be done in small groups or even on a one-to-one basis, but actually it is simply one who spreads the gospel.

The New Testament urges believers to speak the gospel clearly, fearlessly, graciously, and respectfully whenever an opportunity presents itself

Evangelist then follows into the role of the Apologist in defense of their faith with the hope that Evangelism may be restarted. Since missionaries often travel to areas or people groups where Jesus is not yet known, they frequently take on an evangelistic role.

The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the Synoptic Gospels, because they include many of the same stories, often in the same sequence.

Matthew – a former tax collector who was called by Jesus to be one of the 12 apostles:

The symbols:

Merkabah, in the vision in the Book of Ezekiel (Chapter 1) reflected

In the Book of Revelation  the creation as the image of the Creator; the lion as the king of beasts of prey (meat-eating); the fox as the king of domesticated animals (grass-eating) and the eagle as the king of the birds.

Matthew the Evangelist, the author of the first gospel account is symbolized by a winged man, or angel.

Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel account is symbolized by a winged lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. The lion also represents Jesus' Resurrection (because lions were believed to sleep with open eyes, a comparison with Christ in the tomb), and Christ as king. This signifies that Christians should be courageous on the path of salvation.

Luke the Evangelist, the author of the third gospel account (and the Acts of the Apostles) is symbolized by a winged ox or bull –The ox signifies that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves in following Christ.

John the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel account is symbolized by an eagle – a figure of the sky, and believed by Christian scholars to be able to look straight into the sun.

Each of the symbols is depicted with wings, following the biblical sources first in Ezekiel 1–2, and in Revelation use.[5]Sometimes in Evangelist portraits they appear to dictate to the writing evangelist.