“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).
In a culture of growing secularism, our familiar vocabulary of faith, words such as atonement, saved, sin, grace, gospel, etc., should now be considered a second language. To do the work of an evangelist, and without throwing out the baby with the bathwater, we must labor to creatively communicate the doctrinal truths of our ancient and cherished words in ways that best fit the context of those with whom we are seeking to communicate. Evangelism in the New Testament is always a verbal exercise. Introducing a second language in a post-church culture requires our practice of a second language that they might understand.