Evangelism is a spiritual struggle. It’s a bloody, vicious war. There is no Geneva Convention or International Court of Justice imposing civility. Our enemy is not a gentlemen and he is out to totally, utterly ruin all that you love, cherish and seek to protect.
In this war we have been given tools, and I believe the role of persuasion – arguing, illustrating, and questioning – is a weapon that we are to deploy in this war.
Timothy was told by the Apostle Paul to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5). We’re shown that evangelism is both a task, as well as an office or role (Ephesians 4), and a task that in the Great Commission (Matthew 28) all Christians are called to.
As we think through how to use persuasion in evangelism here are 8 points to remember.
A few months back I was in the gym trying my best to lift heavy, or not so heavy, weights as the case may be. As I came to the bench press, I had a quick look at the program on my phone, saw that the weight was 40Kg and quickly stuck two 20Kg weights […]
I’ve noticed a trend among Christians that’s starting to make me feel grumpy. It may just be the people or organisations that I ‘follow’, but as I look through my Twitter feed I notice that the vast majority of comments are on issues such as justice, food banks, trafficking, gender issues, politics etc. All of […]
There was something very satisfactory about watching the Lions blow away the Barbarians in Hong Kong in 2013. It was an encouraging start to the forthcoming tour of Australia and provoked a few headaches both for the Lions selectors as well as Aussie defence coaches, who ultimately failed to cope with the threats the boys from home […]
I’ve been thinking a great deal over the years about the way we communicate the “good news” about Jesus to men. We wonder why we see so few men becoming followers of Jesus but fail to effectively and analytically look at the message we are communicating, the way we are communicating it and who we […]
Level Four evangelism – “man-friendly church” was once a far-off, lofty place we only aspired to one day reach. In the meantime, there was a whole stack of work to be shifted in getting Levels One and Two off the ground. (To the uninitiated, in CVM’s Four-Level Evangelism Strategy, these are ‘content’-free socials, and food […]