Play the game of Whispers. The first person whispers a message to the second and so on so that the message carries around the circle. No repetition. No questions. See how it ends up.
Here are some ways in which evangelism has been carried out. Which of these do you think are most appropriate in our current situation, and which do you think inappropriate?
- Calling door to door
- Baptising as many people as possible.
- 3. Instilling a fear of hell or death.
- 4. Handing out tracts.
- 5. Leaving Bibles in motel rooms.
- 6. Stressing the Second Coming and end of the world.
- 7. Chatting to neighbours and friends
- 8. Writing letters.
- 9. Street preaching
- 10. TV evangelism
- 11. Holding mass rallies
- 12. Linked to healings and miracles.
- 13. Classes for enquirers.
- 14. Letterbox drop
- 15. Witness at people’s point of need.
It is possible to get so hung-up on doing something the right way that we don’t get around to doing it at all?
Does the method used in evangelism really matter?
Words versus Actions
Read James 1:22 and Matthew 7:21
Words of faith only carry weight when they are backed up by lives lived in faith. Evangelism without Christ-like compassion is like the noisy gong or clanging cymbal of 1 Corinthians 13:1.
We are all aware of the danger of falling into hypocrisy—the hypocrisy that uses all the right religious language but fails to match it with deeds. However there is another danger—that of thinking that words do not matter, that our actions are a sufficient witness in themselves. Deeds need words to explain them.
Read Romans 10:13-17.
- Evangelism requires involvement in the lives of other people. Is every involvement by Christians in community activities a sort of evangelism?
Why does the gospel need to be communicated in words? Why is a life of faith not sufficient?
In the light of what we have been saying about the meaning, the model, and the motive for evangelism, how do you think we, in our church, should engage in evangelism?
Felt-need evangelism tries to bring the gospel to bear at a person’s felt point of need; eg: in bereavement, in parenting, in facing work-related strains, facing death, in personal relationships, in a search for meaning or for values, etc.
Where have you found the gospel to most effectively meet your needs?
Pray that God will open your eyes to the needs of people that you live with, or meet often, and that those people’s eyes will be opened to God.