In our present study we have discussed the priority of evangelism and the motives for evangelism, all without getting down to the brass tacks of what evangelism is. So without further ado…
But first, lets look at what the message of evangelism is not. It is not:
- A message of goodwill; nor exhortation to live good/better life.
- An attempt to raise morale of people at difficult times.
- A protest against social sins and social institutions.
These things may come as a result of preaching the gospel, but they are not the essence of the message.
The main fundamental message of evangelism is: God has provided a way sinners can be reconciled to Himself; through Christ alone.
Note that the message contains four key elements:
- Message about God
- Message about sinful man
- Message about Christ, his Person and Work
- Message about the call to response; i.e. call to faith and repentance
Next week we will look at how to test our message of evangelism.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, (1 Corinthians 1:17-23 ESV)
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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