10. "It's for everybody everywhere"

Slogans to Awaken the Church

Sayings about world evangelism that stir hearts and move people to action

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"If God's love is for anybody anywhere, it's for everybody everywhere." -- Edward Lawlor, pastor, evangelist, and Nazarene General Superintendent

Lawlor's declaration about "everybody everywhere" evokes several Bible verses. For starters, it calls to mind the "whosoever" of John 3:16.

"Everybody everywhere" also reminds me of Romans 10:13-15: "For, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?"

In that passage, the Apostle Paul's progression from the prophet Joel's words "everyone who calls"1 to his own logical question, "How can they hear?" is clear. Those rational, systematic steps that Paul took with Joel's words need to be taken with Lawlor's words as well. If Lawlor was right and the Gospel is for everybody everywhere, then don't we believers need to say, "Okay. How do we get the Good News to everybody everywhere?"

Edward Lawlor certainly "walked the talk." He was an untiring evangelist and church planter who had spent time evangelizing among the indigenous peoples of Canada. He eventually became a Nazarene district superintendent and then was asked to form a denominational Department of Evangelism. In 1968, he was elected as a Nazarene General Superintendent which meant he helped oversee Nazarene outreach and church planting worldwide.

Lawlor's statement about the Gospel being for "everybody everywhere" evokes what pioneer Nazarene leader Phineas Bresee had said about the time of Lawlor's birth: " We are debtors to every man to give him the Gospel in the same measure in which we have received it."

We must not simply nod in agreement with Lawlor's slogan and then turn around and excuse ourselves by saying, "Reaching people at the ends of the earth is not what I'm called to do. It is not my responsibility." We must accept our Lord's call to be involved in some way so that everybody everywhere can indeed hear the Good News.

Discussion questions

  1. How, in your own words, would you rephrase Edward Lawlor's slogan "If God's love is for anybody anywhere, it's for everybody everywhere"?
  2. What Bible verses come to mind when you hear Lawlor's slogan about the Gospel being for "everybody everywhere"? How do those passages speak to believers' responsibility to spread the Gospel?
  3. What relationship do you see between Lawlor's slogan and the message of pioneer Nazarene leader Phineas Bresee when he said, "We are debtors to every man to give him the Gospel in the same measure in which we have received it"?
  4. Why do you believers sometimes try to excuse themselves from any responsibility to help spread the Gospel to everyone? Are there things we can do to encourage them to accept this responsibility?
  5. What steps can individuals and churches take to ensure that everyone around the world has access to the Gospel?

    -- Howard Culbertson,

1"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." -- Joel 2:32


Edward Lawlor's slogan, "If God's love is for anybody anywhere, it's for everybody everywhere," reminds us of our obligation to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all corners of the world. This slogan resonates with key Bible verses such as John 3:16 and Romans 10:13-15, emphasizing the universal nature of God's love and the responsibility of believers to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Individually and collectively, we can ensure that the Gospel reaches "everybody everywhere."

The logic behind this saying emphasizes the boundless and inclusive nature of divine love. The saying emphasizes that God's love encompasses everyone, without exception. Regardless of their background, beliefs, or actions, everyone is deserving of God's love. The saying implies that divine love is boundless and unconditional. It's not limited to a select few or confined within specific boundaries. Instead, it extends to all people, regardless of their differences or circumstances. By asserting that God's love is for "everybody everywhere," the saying highlights a sense of interconnectedness among all people on earth.

The belief that God wants everyone to hear the Good News of the Gospel stems from the understanding that the Gospel contains the message of salvation and redemption for all humanity. The reasons this message should be spread worldwide include:

  • Love and Compassion: God's nature is one of love and compassion for all people. Therefore, it follows that God would want everyone to have the opportunity to know about salvation and have the chance to accept it.
  • Fulfillment of Prophecy: The spread of the Gospel to all nations is prophesied in the Bible, and therefore, it is part of God's plan for humanity.
  • Responsibility and Stewardship: Christians see themselves as stewards of God's message, entrusted with the responsibility to share it with others.
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