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How to Present the Gospel According to Paul

Apr. 11, 2012By: Ben StaffordAuthor Bio

Thus far in this study on evangelism, we have looked at why it should be a priority, the proper motives of it, and what the message of the gospel is.  Simply knowing these things, though, is not enough. How do we go about presenting it?  

We'll examine this topic more deeply in the next few posts. Before that lets simply look at the example of Paul in Corinth:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.               And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message               were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power...(1 Corinthians 2:1-4 ESV)

This was something Paul approached with humility, a consecration of life, and carefulness. 

Simply for the sake of allowing brevity to make it's point, I hesitate to elaborate any further.  For now, it may be good to simply meditate on Paul's example here: striving ourselves to have humility, a consecration of life, and carefulness in our own evangelism efforts.

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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