References to: evangelism

A Theological Look at Evangelism

Let’s start with the Trinity as a doctrine, which says that God is best described as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existing as one God. The early church formulated this doctrine because the Bible reveals that the Father is God, that Jesus Christ is God, and the Holy Spirit is God—yet the Bible also insists that there is only one God. The doctrine of the Trinity puts this complex idea into a shorter phrase. We do not want to teach a Trinity that is functionally unitarian, as if God is an undifferentiated singularity.

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Truth in Advertising

Have you ever watched a TV advertisement that makes an offer that seems so outstanding, and the price so ridiculously cheap, that it seems too good to be true? At first you might be skeptical. But testimonial after testimonial pile up to confirm that this is indeed a miracle product – one that promises to transform your life. The price is just a fraction of what you might have to spend on similar products that don’t work as well.

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Fostering an Evangelistic Culture

Pastors and ministry leaders have many important responsibilities. One is to help shape within their congregation or ministry a culture (or “environment”) that is expressive of the love and life of Jesus Christ. A critical aspect of such a culture is having an evangelistic orientation—a passion for sharing actively in what Jesus is doing to reach out in love to share the gospel with non-Christians.

How do leaders do that? There is no one-size-fits-all formula, but there are helpful practices. Here are four, offered by LifeWay president Thom Rainer in a blog post:

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Reaching out with the Gospel

What is the best, most effective way to share the gospel with others? This is a question our church has been discussing as long as I can remember. And I think I can say with some confidence that we have tried just about everything except the Goodyear blimp.

We have published millions of magazines and booklets, used radio and network television, launched evangelistic personal campaigns — and in recent years we have experimented with web casts and other types of social media.

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Sharing Your Faith in a Postmodern World

Many people today have no desire to “get back to God.” They have no sense of sin, no sense of guilt, no sense of God. They do not trust authority, or the concept of “truth,” which has too often been used to oppress people.

How can the good news about Jesus be put into terms that are meaningful to them? This article explains the gospel by focusing on interpersonal relationships, which people still find meaningful.

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C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Trinity and Evangelism

C. Baxter Kruger & Paul Young

C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Trinity and Evangelism

Author Paul Young, and Theologian C. Baxter Kruger discuss the impact of the Trinity on evangelism, and our participation in the message of Jesus.

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C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

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Discussion Questions

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

1. The relational nature of the Trinity was emphasized. How does this affect our evangelism?

2. It was stated that we were called to much more than evangelism. In what ways?

3. How do you personally view the important subject of the vicarious humanity of Jesus? 

4. Why do you think the gospel is often presented as bad news in popular evangelism? 

5. “Inclusion” and “acceptance” were often discussed. What do these terms mean to you?

6. Please share your thoughts on the distinction between “participation” and “partnership.”

7. Evangelism was described as an invitation to “come share life.” Your thoughts?

8. What are some of the practical ways the “sacred-secular dichotomy” can be overcome?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being with us on You’re Included.

Wm. Paul Young: Thank you, it’s always fun to be here.

JMF: Well, we enjoy it.

C. Baxter Kruger: Good to see you again, Mike.

JMF: This time we want to talk about something a little bit different. Evangelism is the big word in Western Christianity. Everything revolves around evangelism and what are you doing to share the gospel. It’s like the eleventh commandment in the Old Testament and it’s the…

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Presentation

Joseph Tkach

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Imagine if we could all present the gospel the way Jesus said to – by letting our light shine in such a way that people are won over instead of put off.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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The gospel is good news. It promises a new life beyond death; rich in joy, peace, love and friendship. It’s the good news of a life in communion with God, who loves you and wants you with him no matter who you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done.

But the gospel is not always presented that way. Sometimes it’s presented as a way to get big houses, expensive cars and fancy clothes right now. Just "name it and claim it," people are told.

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Touching the World in Two Ways

Michael Morrison

Touching the World in Two Ways

In the modern world, there is often a big disconnect between Christ, Christianity and the church.

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Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is Dean of Faculty and Instructor in New Testament for Grace Communion Seminary. He is the author of Sabbath, Circumcision and Tithing and Who Needs a New Covenant? The Rhetorical Function of the Covenant Motif in the Argument of Hebrews.

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Some people think that Christianity is interesting, but basically irrelevant—a harmless superstition. It’s fine for you, they might say, but it really makes no difference to anyone else.

Now, the opposite was true for Jesus: his ministry and teachings did not help himself at all, and they made a big difference for everyone else.

In the modern world, there is often a big disconnect between Christ and Christianity, and today I’d like to explore that a little bit. We’ll start with one of the events in the life of Christ, recorded in Mark chapter 6.

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The Messianic Secret

Mike Feazell

The Messianic Secret

Have you ever wondered why Jesus never preached Jesus? He went about doing good, the Bible tells us. He healed the sick and cast out demons and taught large crowds around the countryside and smaller groups in the synagogues. But he carefully avoided declaring that he was the Messiah. In fact, he went out of his way to keep his identity as Messiah a secret.

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Mike Feazell

J. Michael Feazell served for many years as Vice-President of Grace Communion International, Executive Editor of Christian Odyssey magazine, and host of the You're Included video series. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University and has written Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God.

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Have you ever wondered why Jesus never preached Jesus? He went about doing good, the Bible tells us. He healed the sick and cast out demons and taught large crowds around the countryside and smaller groups in the synagogues.

But he carefully avoided declaring that he was the Messiah. In fact, he went out of his way to keep his identity as Messiah a secret. We read for example, in Mark 1:40-45,

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, If you are willing, you can make me clean.

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