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Why Consider the Sovereignty of God in Evangelism?

May. 2, 2012By: Ben StaffordAuthor Bio

Why should we consider the subject of the sovereignty of God in evangelism?

It is the clear teaching of Scripture.  

The doctrine of election and the effectual calling of men to salvation is clear and spoken of often;  the Apostles knew this very well and emphasized it!

One’s view of the Sovereignty of God will affect one’s method & approach to evangelism.

If you believe man has the ability to cooperate with God in the matter of faith, by making a decision and ultimately responsible, it will determine your approach to evangelism.  

If you believe salvation is all of God and all of grace, that man is spiritually dead, and unable to come to God on his own, this will determine another approach to evangelism.

In the coming weeks we will talk about cautions regarding two wrong views of this, as well as what effect God’s sovereignty should have on evangelism.

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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