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Rachel KaudererProfessor BillingsleyMethods of Evangelism 11 December 2017Methods of Evangelism Evangelism is not easy. As we develop through our faith, it can be challenging to keep evangelism at the center of our ministry. Throughout the topic of evangelism, our job as Christians is to be obedient to the Great Commision. In order to do so, there are many methods that have been introduced throughout the Bible, in order to incorporate into our everyday Christian lives. Biblical evangelism can be looked at in three different categories: Intellectual, Relational, and Confrontational. Within these categories, we learn different methods on how to love God and believe in the Gospel message.One of the first methods we are taught through the Intellectual category is the, “Four Spiritual Laws.” This method was designed by Bill Bright, the founder of the original Campus Crusade for the Christ Organization. Bill Bright’s purpose for the Four Spiritual Laws was to make people aware of the divide between God and mankind, as well as the essential reliance we need to have on our Lord. The Four Spiritual Laws also represent the key points of the gospel which contain God’s word. God’s word is promised to last forever. Another way to look at it is comparing them to the physical laws our government orders us to follow. Like governmental laws, these laws govern our relationship with God. The first spiritual law given to us is, “God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life” (Bright, 1). Christ says, “….I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) This law is important because it begins to express the abundant life God has intended for his believers, yet we are still faced with the question, “Why doesn’t everyone experience an abundant life?” This question brings us to our next law. The second law given to us as apart of the Four Spiritual Gifts is, “Man is sinful and separated from God. Thus, he can not know and experience God’s love and plan for his life” (Bright, 2). Bright goes on to explain that this law gives insight on why man’s fellowship with God was broken. This started with God’s first creations, Adam and Eve. Both man and woman went against God’s plans and took life upon themselves independently. This caused an act of rebellion, which is now interpreted as sin. Because of sin, the only way to pay our debts is through death. “..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Roman 3:23). The third law presented is the only way to keep our heads above water as believers of God. This law states, “Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through him, you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life” (Bright, 2). God exposes his love to us by sending his son Jesus to die on the cross, to pay the penalty for our sins. God rose Jesus up from the grave to make it known that the only way to God, is through his son. “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…From now on you know him and have seen him” (John 14:6-7). As explicit as these laws may be, it is still not enough to know about the Lord, in order to be a true Christian. This leads us to our fourth and final law. “We must individually receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives” (Bright, 3). Receiving Christ is a huge example of why using the “Four Spiritual Laws” method is an advantage. One advantage of following this method is knowing that those who have prayed to God in order to receive him, have learned how to live life with the Holy Spirit. Those have learned how to show God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness. This allows believers to view witnessing as something worthwhile. Another advantage is given to those who follow the “Four Spiritual Laws” is knowing their benefits. Using this method allows for effective communication of the gospel. It grants believers control over the conversation, permits prepared knowledge and empowers confidence for the topic of discussion. This method also gives believers the opportunity to present Christ precisely, following it up with an encouragement to follow Christ. Although the “Four Spiritual Laws” seems inviting, there are some flaws presented. One argument that has emerged is the idea of obedience to faith is not revealed in this method. Throughout Bill Bright’s pamphlet, faith is expressed without obedience. The problem is, faith in God and obedience go hand in hand. As a true Christian, there is no way we can have one without the other present. Moses is a perfect example. It is possible that Moses’s faith alone saved him, but it was because of his obedience to Christ that led him to embrace God. This leads us to another flaw which reminds us that the New Testament closely teaches that by faith alone, we cannot be saved. We are saved by both our works and our faith. A perfect example is given to us in the New Testament in Rahab. Rahab was a prostitute who was justified through her works when she gave lodging to spies and sent them off in a different direction. James 2:26 states, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” Another way that biblical evangelism can be looked at is the Relational category. Servant evangelism is one way that God calls on his believers to be his disciples. God indicates how important it is for us to develop the character of a disciple, as well as have involvement in the Great Commission. Dr. Wheeler says, “Servant evangelism is a combination of simple acts of kindness and intentional sharing of the gospel”(Wheeler, 151). As Christians, our duties in servant evangelism is to not stop the communication of the gospel. A perfect example of servant evangelism is Jesus Christ. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” According to author Robert E. Coleman and his article, “The Jesus Way to Win the World,” Jesus is set before us as an example of servant evangelism. Jesus shows us that anyone is capable of fulfilling the Great Commission. “The way Jesus discipled illustrates that in principle every believer can do it…discipling is not a special calling or gift of the Spirit; it is a lifestyle…the way he commands disciples to follow” (Coleman, 81). Servant evangelism is combined with many advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that servant evangelism allows for conversation about Jesus. There is an inevitable door that opens to share the gospel. Another advantage is that by living in the life as a servant of Christ, some can’t help experiencing a change of lifestyle. Lastly, Philippians 2:5-8 shows how servant evangelism helps model Christ’s behavior. As Christians, we show how to fully submit ourselves to the Lord. If it is not seen, it is sensed. An example of a disadvantage that can come from servant evangelism is that it can take a while to have a faith-driven impact on someone else’s life. This can cause one to become discouraged and doubt their ability to evangelize. The final way biblical evangelism can be looked at is the Confrontational category. One method that can be used to evangelize is, Evangelism Explosion. Evangelism Explosion was started by James Kennedy in 1962. His purpose was to train believers how to express their faith while leading non-believers to Christ (Kennedy, 23).  This method was born from Kennedy’s experience in “door-to-door’ evangelism. He was so inspired by this way of evangelism that birthed a new way to lead others to Christ. By going door-to-door, Kennedy brought up five key points: Grace, Man, God, Christ, and Faith.  Evangelism Explosion ministry has advantages and disadvantages within its practices. One advantage is that is trains believers to be comfortable discussing their faith in order to witness to non-believers. After enough practice and knowledge in discipleship, it is evident that this kind of ministry is effective. As for a disadvantage, it can take a substantial amount of time and effort to participate in this evangelism training. As effective as this ministry may be, people may not have the time to fully commit.  After taking the time to research and study these three methods, I would have to say that Servant evangelism is most applicable to my Christian lifestyle. This method of evangelism is the most effective way for me to share the gospel with others around me. I find this method to be the most personable, therefore it easier to become vulnerable to someone when expressing my faith. I can relate this method to my job as a Christian Preschool Teacher. Although it may be hard to speak on the same level as a preschooler, it is so easy to talk about Jesus when I am teaching in a Christian environment. This method is also the best for approaching my friends who are non-believers. Every instance I have come across, my friends have been the ones to ask me about my faith before I could even bring it up! Servant evangelism makes it easy for people to see my Christian lifestyle. Although others may not see me serving at the exact moment they are asking about my life, they are able to sense that something is different.           

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