Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Some More Thoughts On What Evangelism Isn’t

Here is a follow up to Monday's post by Multiply.  

You may use your story to give some handles to what repentance and faith looks like. You may use your story to segue into Christ’s. But your story in and of itself is definitively not evangelism. So to close, here are some good summary statements of what evangelism is:

"Evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade." J. Mack Stiles, Evangelism, 26 
"According to the New Testament, evangelism is just preaching the gospel, the evangel. It is a work of communication in which Christians make themselves mouthpieces for God's message of mercy to sinners." J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, 45 
"Evangelism is telling people the wonderful truth about God, the great news about Jesus Christ." Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, 82 
To sum it all up... 
"The content of our message is Christ and God, not our journey to faith. Our personal testimony may be included, but witnessing is more than reciting our spiritual autobiography. Specific truths about a specific person are the subject of our proclamation. A message has been committed to us--a word of reconciliation to the world (2 Cor 5:19)." Will Metzger, Tell the Truth, 55

See whole post here.

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