Evangelism is not one of my strong points, but, as a Christian, it is useful to strengthen myself in this area. J. I. Packer, an evangelist and theologian of the 20th Century, in his book “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God,” addresses one of the most problematic questions that relates to evangelism: should we leave out parts to make the gospel more welcoming?
Packer also gives us a lesson on how to self-evaluate ourselves for our quality of evangelism. He does make it clear there is only one way to evangelize, which is resolute explanation and proper employment of the gospel. Some of the examples he gives us include the following: does our message promote God? Does it tell His truth? Is this a message of emotions, designed to emotionally
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In their book, The Great Commission to Worship, Vernon Whaley and David Wheeler takes an in depth look at commandment from Jesus for His followers to go out and spread the Good News of salvation. Today’s Christian seems to have a misconception about their role in evangelism. As the authors stated, “many times in Scripture it appears
In their book The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principles for Worship-Based Evangelism, authors David Wheeler and Vernon Whaley contribute their respective expertise in evangelism and worship in an attempt to synthesize the two categories by showing each fundamental imperative of the Christian disciple to be integral to and an outflow of the other. The impetus for evangelism par excellence is the “great commission”
The person whom I intend to share the Gospel with is my friend Drew Harmatz. We have been friends now for over three years and over that time grown to be really good friends. Even though we are good friends we do not share the same beliefs. Drew is Jewish and has chosen to stick with his birth religion because he likes the Jewish moral compass. Basically, he has expressed that he feels the Jewish culture is more peaceful and presents a better moral basis than that of any other religion. While we have talk of God, Christ, and the Bible; I have never tried to relay the Gospel to him.
McRaney achieved to cover his purpose; the foundational elements, communication theories, and practical aids of personal evangelism. Also, appendixes are helpful to practice to personal testimonies, gospel illustrations, common objections, and more practical evangelism. (p. 235)
Acts 8:26-40 teaches us a variety of things about mission as well as evangelism’s role within it. It reminds us whose mission it is, that radical inclusion is anticipated, that evangelism is an important aspect of but is not in itself mission, and that the Holy Spirit plays a fundamental and essential role in mission and effective evangelism.
The method of evangelism that I used was the four spiritual laws. The reason why I used the four spiritual laws because I feel like the four main key points of explaining the Gospel are within the four spiritual laws. I had to explain to my sister that God loves us unconditionally that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. I had to explain to my sister that no one is perfect no matter how little or enormous our sin is that we committed. Every individual is sin natured and falls short of the glory of God, but that does not mean God does not love us. Our God is a forever forgiving God and that is one key point I wanted my sister to hold onto. I had to explain to my sister that the only way to spend eternity with Jesus is through accepting
The approach of this article with today evangelism deals with the counterfeit faith of some people proclaiming Jesus as their savior. However, if this faith does not show evidence by transforming their lives, then does not deserved to be called saving faith. Such transformation has to show a change on their behaviors. This does not stop there. A true Christian need to perform daily “self-examination” of its own testimony. Another false gospel is to separate incarnational from informational apologetic. They go hand in hand as an absolute truth of Jesus Christ in evangelism. Some would have us believe that incarnational apologetic is not necessary in our society. But, they stand very far from the truth. Both “incarnational and informational” apologetic are interlaced and important tools for our daily life.
This article raises awareness of the historic value of open-air preaching, being seen as radical, in no way limits it to being a method utilized by such as Jesus Christ, Paul the Apostle, and in modern times Rev. Billy Graham. It is a great article for those that aspire to enter the ministry at the grassroots level and beyond.
In the book of King Jesus Gospel author McKnight seeks to reexamine our understanding of the gospel in light of scripture. The author also discuss the recounts of a story of evangelosing in order to get a decision for christ from someone who clearly wasn’t interested. McKnight concludes that the evangelical system is broken because of a misunderstanding of the gospel
Randy Newman’s book, Questioning Evangelism, is a book about on how evangelizing is to ask questions, and therefore, letting people communicate with questions about their own truths about God. Newman writes this book hoping that anyone who reads it will gain a better understanding of what evangelism is. Newman’s book is divided into three parts: why questioning evangelism is needed, considering what questions non-believers are asking, and observing why asking questions and knowing answers doesn’t mean a Christian’s own problem like cold-heartedness or anger. Throughout the book Newman brings readers right back to bible scriptures. Even though he appeals to accounts of people like Paul in Acts preaching on Mars Hill, he also shows how the wisdom literature is applied to our evangelistic attempts.
It would be beneficial to lay a foundation of the gospel down for all readers in order to expose all the readers to the Truth, especially to those who may not be Christian, but are still required to read the book. Without this foundation, it is hard for a non-Christian to apply the things learned from this book and apply it to daily life. Another concern or observation would have to be that this book didn’t go in depth on evangelism, Yes, it talked about how to start conversation with non-believers, but it never really went past that. It would be helpful for Newman to go in depth on things he says after they get the conversation going. The majority of the examples in this book focus on how to start evangelism and less on how to maintain their attention and maintain the overall discussion.
The “Intellectual” method of evangelism that I chose to research is the Four Spiritual Laws. In summary this method is one of the simplest to use when you want to present the Gospel to someone. It was originally written as a booklet by Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who was motivated by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) in 1952 as a quick and efficient way to teach people how they can be saved. The Four Spiritual Laws use Scripture to convict, convince and convert. They are:
Diane J. Hymans suggests that evangelism and education suggests a variety of meanings and that it is a matter of language that is clouding what the connotation of the definitions of evangelism, discipleship, and education are (Hymans). She states that evangelism is “making the gospel known in church and world”, while education “invites people to understand and claim their identity as baptized children of God and to clarify their vocation as people called by God to live lives characterized by love of God and neighbor” (Hymans).
This course has had a great impact on my walk with Christ as well as my witness for Christ. I pastor a church and teach two classes and for me I thought that I was doing plenty. However this course has helped rekindle my passion for sharing Jesus Christ with people through personal evangelism. This paper will demonstrate what I have learned throughout this course.
Evangelism is a wide field of ministry that is captivating many, many ministers have been called into the field. It is one of the many fields we as believers are called into. We all have been given assignment before the beginning of time God knew what he would have us to do. Evangelist’s work in many different environments in their local community, nation, and abroad. We are being the hands and feet of Jesus. we should treat it as each and every person’s salvation is important to you.