Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Evangelism Without Proclamation?

HT: Vitamin z

"There is a tendency in some quarters today to promote a kind of evangelism without proclamation. Acts of service are done or people are invited to experience Christian worship. But without words of explanation these are like signposts pointing nowhere or, worse still, signposts pointing to our good works. The gospel is good news - a message to be proclaimed, a truth to be taught, a word to be spoken, and a story to be told."
- Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church, p. 54


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  1. Romans 10:14-17

    How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?" So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

    I have people tell me all the time how their church did this missions or that missions. I listen to all their good works and then ask, "How many times did you get to share the Gospel on your missions trip?"

    Most of the time I get a blank stare.......They will say things like, "Well, that wasn't our focus. We were there to wash cars and give away food."

    It amazes me how a church can spend X-amount of money to go halfway around the world to build something for a group of people and never open their mouths to proclaim Christ.

  2. Wayne, you took the verse right out of my mouth. Friends have told me that my method of evangelism is not effective because I am offensive.

    God's word tells us that the gospel message is an offensive one. I can not and will not withhold the truth out of fear of offending someone by simply allowing them to admit to themselves that they are sinners in nead of a savior.

    Keep up the good work, brother!

  3. I personally am more offended at the fact that before my conversion I knew not one Christian. Then after my conversion it turned out that there were many around me who were just "living it out." They were going to sit around and do nothing as I was walking in a state of damnation! Now that offends me great.

    It most certainly was not their "evangelism" efforts that brought me to Christ, but the law of God giving me the knowledge of my sin. Then seeing the forgiveness presented at the cross that brought me to repentance and faith!


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