Evangelism

 

Evangelism is . . .

“the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Savior and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God . . . The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his church, and responsible service to the world.

Evangelism is particularly important to the church that seeks true growth since healthy growth comes primarily through new Christians. Just prior to Jesus ascending, he gave the church a specific task: to be his witnesses beginning in Jerusalem and continuing to the ends of the earth. Since not everyone on earth has heard the good news of Christ, the church must still be involved in fulfilling our assignment through effective evangelism.

A healthy church must provide its members with opportunities for evangelism training, and it must also provide opportunities for doing evangelism as well.

“But you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 NIV

 

Rainer, T.S., The Book of Church Growth, Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1993, 77-78

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