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What is Evangelism

Dec. 28, 2011By: Ben StaffordAuthor Bio

Last week we talked about the simplicity and priority of evangelism.  I hope you took some time to meditate on this.   To obey this command, to bring eternal joy to the nations, we must know what evangelism is.

I've often found that learning what something isn't often helps me see what something truly is. Some of the things I list below are commonly thought to be evangelism today.  However, this study, based primarily on the book of Acts will find otherwise.

What Evangelism isn't:

-just demonstrating how you live a good/clean/moral life.
-just telling people that you go to church.
-just “sharing one’s faith.”
-just giving one’s personal testimony although there may be certain key elements present and that it may be a good introduction to a true witness.
-about self. It is about Christ.

What is Evangelism?

-Evangelism is Essentially a Proclamation of the Truth of the Gospel of Christ & a Call to sinners to Repentance towards God and Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:17-20; Acts 2:37-40; Acts 20:21).  It may or may not include personal testimony…..it always includes a Proclamation & Call. It can certainly be more than that, but certainly not less.  The very word itself - evangelism - means good news.  One cannot share good news for someone else by simply saying he goes to church or "preaching the gospel" by actions.  The very nature of good news is that it is about Jesus and for others.   

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Part 1 - Introduction - Evangelism in Acts 
Part 2 - The Priority of Evangelism

Post four in this series will examine the fundamentals for evangelizing.

Ben Stafford is the Director of Short-Term Ministries, overseeing the logistics and vision of all the short-term trips as well as representing TLI to students, teachers, and other organizations. Before joining TLI, Ben was the Director of Programs at the Foundation for Economic Education where he oversaw the educational events geared towards high school and college students. His work primarily involved strategic planning, managing, and measuring the department’s resources and results, bringing the programs department to a new level. Previously, he worked as a research intern for two summers at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He still teaches students of all ages about business and economics on the side.

Ben graduated in 2008 from Hillsdale College with a degree with Economics. He enjoys real food, barefoot runs, playing classical guitar, climbing mountains, and international travel. More than all these, he echoes the sentiment of Jonathan Edwards in that God’s purpose for his life is that he have a passion for God’s glory and that he has a passion for his joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.

He currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he is actively involved with the saints at Perimeter Church.

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