This site uses cookies to provide you with more responsive and personalized service and to collect certain information about your use of the site.  You can change your cookie settings through your browser.  If you continue without changing your settings, you agree to our use of cookies.  See our Privacy Policy for more information.

Question and Answer

I have been a Christian for the last several years, having previously lived as a believer “in name only.” After being born again I found myself committed to living for Christ and wanting to do whatever He asked. Jesus has changed the way I live my life. Lately people refer to me as one of “those evangelical Christians,” like it is some kind of disease. They make it sound as if I am part of a deluded lot. They seem to think that if I’m an evangelical Christian, I have nothing to offer in a reasoned discussion. What does the term evangelical Christian really mean?

A Christian is one who desires to be like Christ. Christ is the light, and we are reflections of that light. An evangelist is one who has good news to share. An evangelical Christian, therefore, is someone who wants to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The priority or sense of purpose for evangelical Christians is sharing the good news that Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners. We are all sinners, and therefore all need a Savior—and His name is Jesus.

We don’t have to slink away from the term evangelical. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). As a believer, I have no higher calling than sharing my faith and presenting Christ as the only Savior. The news in this world may often be downright bad, but the Good News we share is good news for all. You may hold your head high and be an unapologetic evangelical Christian. As evangelicals we’ve got the Good News. So let’s share it!

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

Find Questions and Answers by Month