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Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Real Evangelism"

Real Evangelism, Sharing Christ many ways, many people invovled in conversions
There's a popular teaching about evangelism that inspires fear in most Christians.

I recently read an article that expressed this legalistic view:

It stated that evangelism is not offering service, giving testimonies, inviting people to church, or discussing apologetics. Evangelism, the author insisted, was sharing the entire Gospel and calling the sinner to repentance. "To fail to do this is to fail at evangelism" the article concluded.

I don't agree.

Our real failure in evangelism is thinking a person's conversion is based on a single event. Typically, there are multiple people and events involved in every conversion. There certainly were in mine.

Sharing testimonies, inviting people to church, serving people and discussing apologetics are some of the many ways we can share Christ with others.

And when a person accepts Christ, that's just the beginning. Then the process of sanctification begins and Christians with gifts in discipleship get involved. The essential Person in the process isn't any of us...

"Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."  ~ 1 Corinthians 3:7 

Instead of debating who is doing "real evangelism," let's ask God to make us faithful to use our gifts for His purposes.

Bible Study 

What do the following verses tell us about ways we impact others' lives? Do you see these as "real evangelism"?

John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Acts 9: 36-42: In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

Colossians 4:5-6: Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.


Insights
Please work through the study before reading these insights.

John 13:34-35:
How we treat other Christians is a witness to non-believers. That's one reason it's so sad when Christians can't get along because of our differences.

Acts 9: 36-42:
Read more about Tabitha/Dorcas in this 1-minute devotion:
Servant Evangelists

Colossians 4:5-6:
For more understanding of this passage, read the 1-minute devotion: Salt & Grace
copyright, 2015, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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