Hispanic Christian Leader, Rev. Tony Suarez, Says Compassionate Evangelism Is Needed on a Grander Scale In Today’s Latino Church

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Although reaching lost souls is the main job of the church, a compassionate evangelism that includes clothing and feeding the poor, and programs for homeless and abused women is needed on a grander scale in the Latino church today, says Rev. Tony Suárez, national vice president of Chapters for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Churches should do a better job at blending into their communities to help change individual lives as well as families in practical ways that reflect the Gospel, Suárez said.

As a speaker set to address a crowd of Hispanic evangelical pastors at the NHCLC Una Voz (One Voice) convention in San Diego next week, Suárez will discuss how Christians need to take on compassionate evangelism similar to how Jesus Christ did when He served on earth.

Below is an edited transcript of Suárez’ interview with The Christian Post.

CP: One of NHCLC’s main focuses is compassionate evangelism, can you explain what that entails?

Suarez: We know the Jesus of John 3:16, we know the gospel of salvation but do we know Jesus as the Jesus of Matthew 25 where the Lord said “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me?” That’s where compassionate evangelism really comes in because it’s about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation but also to see the kingdom of God established on earth and see lives changed here as well.

CP: What’s your message for pastors at the conference next week?

Suarez: I’m going to focus on the two-fold nature of Christ’s ministry on earth and how he was operating in two kingdoms simultaneously. When we read about the works of Jesus in the Scriptures, we see what He means in terms of the kingdom of heaven and spirituality but what does it mean in practical terms?

In the New Testament ministry, you never see that Jesus sent anyone out by themselves. You never see Him say, “you go out and win Macedonia.” We see that He’s always sending people out in teams, in pairs and we also see the concept of how much more we can do.

When Jesus preached about the beatitudes, He didn’t just preach to the people, He fed them. There’s multiple times where we see that Jesus is operating in two kingdoms simultaneously meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the people.

As Pentecostals, we know about fuego, (Holy Spirit fire) but how do you make that practical? How does this help somebody get out of debt and change their life or become an entrepreneur or help them in their marriage?

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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