November 7, 2011
Methods of Evangelism
Part ONE - Evangelistic Method #1 -
The “Intellectual” method of evangelism that I chose to research is the Four Spiritual Laws. In summary this method is one of the simplest to use when you want to present the Gospel to someone. It was originally written as a booklet by Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who was motivated by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) in 1952 as a quick and efficient way to teach people how they can be saved. The Four Spiritual Laws use Scripture to convict, convince and convert. They are: 1) God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life (John 3:16).
2) Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life (Romans 3:23; 6:23). 3) 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 (Romans 5:8). 4) We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives (Romans 10:9-10).
The advantage of using the Four Spiritual Laws method is that they do represent the basic truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This style of evangelism can be used in casual conversation by simply asking “Have you ever heard of the Four Spiritual Laws?” That in itself opens a conversation in a non-threatening way. The conversation begins with the most well known verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). From the start of the conversation the listener knows that God loves them. It then continues with the fact that we are all sinners and that alone separates us from God. It presents the claims of Christ clearly, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Finally, in using this method you explain that all of these things are waiting for you when you receive Jesus as your Lord. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10). After presenting the Four Spiritual Laws method there is ample room for questions and feedback.
A disadvantage to the Four Spiritual Laws is that by first telling someone that they are loved they need to know why being loved by God should even matter. A person needs to know they have a need for God before being told how that need can be filled. Part TWO - Evangelistic Method #2 -
The “Relational” method I chose to research is Lifestyle Evangelism. In summary this method is an approach portrayed by someone demonstrating their faith by their actions, so that those they come in contact with will notice how their beliefs affect that person’s life, and they too want to become a Christian. Some supporters of this method will say that it is more effective than having a direct conversation because it is harder to live ‘righteously’ than to share the Gospel message. “This method of evangelism usually reaches people who have already heard the basic truths of Christianity a few times, and God has been working on their hearts.”
The advantage of using this method is that you do not have to start from scratch. As stated, in most cases the person or persons you are evangelizing to with your lifestyle already have a basic knowledge of Christianity and a relationship with you. Your lifestyle is merely showing them that you can live a life that represents the Gospel. If anyone was ever able to lead a soul to salvation by His lifestyle, it would have certainly been the Lord Jesus Christ. He was righteousness personified. He was perfection in a human body. He never sinned. But that is not...