Az evangelizáció református szemmel

Kelemen Attila: Az evangelizáció református szemmel. In: Református Szemle 100.2 (2007), 348-356. pp.

Evangelisation through reformed eyes. This study was presented at a small conference of reformed and catholic theologians. The presentation of evangelisation through a reformed prism is underlined by thoughts of great reformed predecessors. There are five points, all presenting a different aspect of this question. The first treats the fashion of evangelisation. Because of the fact that evangelisation, as a term is not firmly identified, using different slogans and dealing with evangelisation as a fashion could be dangerous. This is why a good definition with the approval of all Christian churches is needed. Another important thought of this first point is the fact, that evangelisation is not new, by no means a fashion, it is only the submission to an ancient, biblical command of the great mission. The second point presents the biblical roots of evangelisation through the New Testament, with the conclusion, that evangelisation has to be done within and outside the church, and that preaching itself is in fact evangelisation. The third point explains the slightly synonymous terms of evangelisation, mission and church building by using the works of Sándor Tavaszy, Sándor Makkai and Lajos Imre, with special attention to the differences concerning evangelisation being mission outside or within the church. The fourth point discusses evangelisation viewed as mission. In the first sub point evangelisation is viewed as inner-mission, without which a living congregation and blooming church-life is unthinkable. The second sub point presents evangelisation as outermission, underlining, that these two do not depend on each other, but have to be done together at the same time. The fifth and last point is on classic evangelisation. Here it is said, that the base and background of all evangelisation movements is and has to be the Holy Spirit. It is this point of the study that summarizes the basic and essential parts of the evangelising preaching. The study ends by the final conclusion, that evangelisation can only be done by the church.