December 3, 2012
“Methods of Evangelism”
Part ONE - Evangelistic Method #1- There are two “Intellectual” methods in evangelism. The first is called the Roman Roads and the other is the Four Spiritual Laws. The Roman Roads should be considered the better of the two. The reason behind this reasoning is that all the essentials are found in the book of Romans. It consists of seven verses total starting with Romans 3:10, "As it is written, 'There is none righteous, not even one...'" Rom. 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Rom. 5:12, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned." Rom. 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom. 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 10:9-10, "if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." Rom. 10:13, "For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."
In each of these verses it shows us the step by step method of God’s love for each of us and how each of us can be saved. We can simply go to the book of Romans and highlight each of these verses. By doing this we can create our own Roman Road in our Bibles. The advantage in doing this is because the other method, verses are scattered throughout the Bible. This creates a simple quick reference to turn to when we share the love of Christ with someone. Truly the only one disadvantage to the Roman Road is that it given to us by one author and it was only written to certain group of people of biblical times, but despite this disadvantage it is still easier to show someone the steps of salvation and sharing the love of Jesus by just turning to one book for the answers. Part TWO – Evangelistic Method #2- In the relational method of evangelism. Lifestyle evangelism would be the best and most effective form of evangelism. Lifestyle evangelism is also known as “relationship evangelism.” In this style there are two ways upon which someone can share the word and love of Christ. First and foremost is the message of the gospel of Christ Romans 1:16 which states “For I am not ashamed of the gospel 3of Christ, for wit is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. “ This passage shares with us that Christians should live by faith. Second way is that there must also be a manifestation of the gospel in the life of the Christian. This can be found in 1Pe 3:1-2 which shares with us “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.” This passage in Peter is symbolic because in our lives as a Christian we must realize that our relationship with Christ is marriage upon which we must be submissive to Him and do what God ask of us. In a recent study done by The Institution of American Church Growth found that “lifestyle evangelism” is most effective method of evangelism, seventy-nine percent of people that come to Christ through a relationship with family or friend. By having a lifestyle that supports Christ we will walk differently, talk differently and handle ourselves differently in many situations. Some may call it the “it” factor with that “it” being the Holy Spirit which guides Christians through their lives. The disadvantage in this method that we can miss opportunities to share with people the love of Christ because we may miss a chance to share with someone or decide not to share at all because we get afraid of the repercussions if...
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