EVAN 101-B18 LUO
Methods of Evangelism Essay
June 23, 2012
METHODS OF EVANGELISM
Jesus commissioned all believers to spread the Good News of salvation in Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” There are many methods of evangelism for the believer to use in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. These methods were developed to help the believers that find sharing difficult.
Dr, Ben Gutierrez writes, “Nothing will instill a doctrine, life-lesson, principle or skill into a person’s mind more than having to teach it to someone else.” This thought, coupled with the principle of repetition, will allow the believer to become an effective evangelist. Part ONE - Evangelistic Method #1 - One “Intellectual” Method of evangelism is the Romans Road. This method incorporates several verses of the book of Romans to guide one in explaining the salvation of Jesus Christ. It demonstrates in simple terms why we need salvation, how God has provided that salvation to us through Jesus Christ and how we may secure that salvation.
The advantages of this method of evangelism are in its simplicity. There are only eight or nine versus to know, depending on which lane of the Romans Road you prefer. In fact, one has only to know what the verse is an not necessarily memorize the verse text. This would allow one to know where in the bible to turn and read, or have others read the text. It is methodical in that it allows for a repetitious method each time one shares the gospel in this manner. That is to say the order of the text and the way this method flows does not change while it is being shared from person to person. There is a simplicity to this method as well in that it leaves out any deep theological issues yet allows for targeted discussion of salvation.
It is in the methodical simplicity the young, or shy, or insecure believer is provided this road map of evangelism an is not overwhelmed with the thoughts of not knowing enough to be able to share.
There a few disadvantages to using the Romans Road to Salvation. One must be mindful of these when sharing and have an understanding of the audience with whom they are speaking. Since the Romans Road is derived only from the Bible and only from the New Testament, it may at a disadvantage if the other person does not regard the bible as having any authority whatsoever or does not recognize the validity of the New Testament. Another challenge could be the general nature in which this method speaks as the Romans Road is narrowly focused on salvation and does not lend itself well to many questions of other areas in a spiritual discussion. Part TWO – Evangelistic Method #2 - A “Relational” Method of evangelism is Lifestyle Evangelism. In my opinion every believer should be practicing this method of evangelism by default. This is the demonstration to the world what Christ has done in one’s life through their lifestyle. The believer is deliberately living a proclamation of salvation for others to see. Earley and Wheeler write, “When I use the term lifestyle evangelism, I am speaking of intentionally combining both proclamation and affirmation over a period of time through a friendship relationship.”
Advantages of using this method are that it is not really used as a method but lived as a lifestyle. Living a life for others to see the power and grace of God in every area of their life the observer has occasion to see. This lifestyle demonstrates an authentic christianity that is easily discernible from those not saved and those “christians” that merely, “Talk the talk.” The lost that are searching will easily identify there is...
References: Earley, D., & Wheeler, D. (2010). Evangelism is…How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence. Nashville TN, B&H Academic Publishing
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Gutierrez, B. (2012) The Call: Know Personally. Live Passionately. Virginia Beach VA: Academx Publishing
Johnson, Jesse. “Strengths of The Way of The Master”, March 28 2012, http://thecripplegate.com/stengths-of-the-way-of-the-master/ (accessed June 22, 2012)
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