February 26¸ 2012
Methods of Evangelism
Part ONE - Evangelistic Method #1
Summary of the method – Most agree that the Romans Road began with the Fundamental Baptist movement. However, according to Dr. Don Howe, RN, PhD, ThD, who is also a contributor to allexperts.com, it was actually Jack yles, Hyles, an evangelist, who during a sermon in 1970, at Hammond First Baptist Church termed a this plan of salvation “The Roman Road”, he claims he heard the actual originating sermon. According to “Evangelism Is…” written by Earley and Wheeler, the Romans Road Method is simply using verses from the book of Romans to explain the Good News. The verses explain why we need salvation, how God planned salvation, how to receive salvation and the results of salvation. Advantages of using this method – The advantages of using the Roman Road Method are that it is completely Scripturally based. It has been effectively used by many individually as well as organizations to open dialogue and bring many to the Lord. Disadvantages of using this method – David Cloud wrote in “The Way of Life” Publications that “Some believe that though it (Romans Road) presents salvation it doesn’t speak to the manner of life.” Tony L. Tuberville with the Elijah Project feels that it is lacking critical instruction concerning sin. Though some do have their criticisms concerning this Evangelist method, there is no perfect method, and not one method can claim to be the be all and end all of all salvation methods. It is one of many important tools at our disposal. Part TWO – Evangelistic Method #2
Summary of the method – “Intentionally combining both proclamation and affirmation over a period of time through a friendship relationship.” As lifestyle evangelism is defined in “Evangelism Is…” Is a little more intimate than J.D Payne’s interpretation in his book “Evangelism, A Biblical Responsible Response To Today Questions.” that states; “True Lifestyle Evangelism means living a Christ like life before unbelievers that includes both godly living and intentionally communicating the good news, whether they take the initiative to ask about Jesus or not.” Being accountable to the truth we know, while having full respect for the gift that God has entrusted it to us. Meaning He purposed us to live a life that does not demean our relationship to Him, not only individually, but in the full sight of others. At the same time being sensitive to the fact that what God has commissioned us to do or act and how our flesh may want act or do could be two different things. Lifestyle Evangelism on every level---privately and publically. Advantages of using this method – This is appropriate for those that may not be proficient at making new friends but have open personalities that draw people to them. In today’s world, many have children involved in sports in one direction, another in music, the parents have full time jobs and during this time in life the most important time and ministry is family. Lifestyle evangelism is opening your life to be observed, your conversation from the casual and mundane to intentional caring, inclusive and leading for the case for Christ. It actually takes the busy moments of today’s world and opens it up to great moments of opportunities, not only for conversations with those around you that you have come to know over the weeks even years, but to be observed as well over the same. The Lord encourages and speaks of over and over in Scripture about conversation in lifestyle evangelism as in Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”, I Peter 1:15 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” And including but limited to James 3:13 “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” Disadvantages of...