A more accurate definition of evangelism is needed in Christendom. We often think it has to do with results. What if it has more to do with speaking and teaching the Gospel with an aim to persuade people to the Truth rather than convert?
From Aaron Armstrong’s review of Mack Stiles’ Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus:
If there’s one thing Stiles wants you to understand, it’s this: evangelism is not about programs or events. It’s not a technique or a specific kind of response. Many of our problems creating a healthy culture of evangelism stem from a lack of a biblical foundation. We count declarations of faith, hands raised, cards put in a bag, people walking down aisles—but do these things really mean anything? Maybe, but maybe not.
Regardless, if we’re going to see a culture of evangelism take root, “we must be very careful to conform our evangelistic practices to the Bible, because this honors God” (24). So, Stiles, general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students in the United Arab Emirates and author of several evangelism books, begins by defining his terms—specifically, what evangelism means.
“Evangelism is teaching…
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