Methods Matter! A Consideration of Paul's Approach to Evangelism

One cannot dwell within Christian circles for long without hearing the mantra that our “message must never change, but our methods must always be changing” if we are to effectively minister to our contemporary culture. To most, this entails a pragmatic approach to reaching the lost and keeping converts within the walls of a particular local church.

Universal Truth for All People

The popular notion today is that Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection—the essence of Christianity—may be efficacious (i.e., applicable and beneficial) for us as Christians, but we cannot limit God’s love and grace. The argument goes something like this: Although we as Christians believe we know the truth, God may be working in another way with another person, religion, or group of people.

Evangelism as God Sees It

by Dr. Alva J. McClain (1888-1968)

It may surprise some readers that the English word evangelism does not occur once in the Authorized Version. And even its related term evangelist occurs but three times (Acts 21:8; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:5). But these few passages do not convey a fraction of the large place given in the Word of God to what has been named “evangelism.” To discover this, one must examine the Greek term.

The Word for Evangelism

Evolution: The Religious Connection

by Robert E. Kofahl, Ph.D

Proponents of Darwinism often argue that Christians should have no qualms about accepting evolution. Sometimes they have cited Darwin’s supposed religious character and the fact that he studied for the ministry. However, they usually do not make any reference to his views on religion contained in his 1876 autobiography, which include the following:

"Soft Charismatic" Cooperation

John Chandler, a columnist for Baptist News Global and leader of the Spence Network, recently wrote that churches aiming to thrive in today’s post-Christian culture are “more and more going to have a cozier relationship with the charismatic stream of Christianity” (Baptist News Global, “Looking for Clues to Thriving Faith Communities in a Post-Christendom Church,” 1-12-18).

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