The key to 21st century evangelism:
Not Tent Meeting Revivals.
Not Door to Door.
Not Telephone Book Tearing Strong Men AKA The Power Team.
Not Street Preaching.
The key to 21st Century evangelism is Hospitality – invite them to dinner.
Read this: Hospitality and the Great Commission.
This video has been the highlight of the Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelism for me and I heard about it the day it was given – it has just been released. Click here to view it.
When I grew up, making friends with people who were not Christians was all about evangelizing them – that is, be friends in order to unload the gospel on them. Jim Henderson did the same thing for most of his life, and then changed his mind (the entire article is here):
Back in his soul-chasing, church-starting days, he began hearing a grating dissonance between his faith in Jesus and the way he went about winning new converts. Henderson realized he was doing unto others what he would never want done unto him. He was manipulating conversations to set up a pitch. Viewing people as potential notches on his evangelism belt rather than fellow sojourners and prospective friends. Listening only to the extent it could reveal an argumentative opening.
So what did he do?
Spurgeon’s conversion was on January 6, 1850 – here’s what he wrote about that day – from his autobiography:
I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm, one Sunday morning, while I was going to a certain place of worship. When I could go no further, I turned down a side street, and Read more…
Hat Tip: Z
If a friend came up to you and said, “I have two spare hours this Saturday and I want to understand God and the Bible. What should I read?”
What would you tell her to read? Where would you send her in the Bible? In what order would you have her read? And what brief summary would you give her about each of those texts? Here is what Graham Cole suggests (from this article): Read more…