It’s Not About the Results

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?

Already Not Yet

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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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2 thoughts on “It’s Not About the Results

    • Amen! My pastor teaches this as well. The other problem in the church, at least our church, is people think evangelism means just inviting people to church and expecting the pastor to talk to them and get them saved.I know this has been my method, but the Lord is convicting me and reminding me I have a story to tell, a story about Jesus and what He had done in my life. 🙂

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