From the bookshelf:
I’m currently reading
- Logic of Evangelism by William J. Abraham, and
- Finding Common Ground: How to Communicate With Those Outside the Christian Community…While We Still Can by Tim Downs.
Questions for Evangelism
Vanguard church writes an article called Appreciative Inquiry Evangelism.
The question introduces a series of yet to be written posts about evangelism that is cast a little differently than sin/salvation.
What if we saw people not primarily as sinners, but as image-bearers? How would our evangelism look different if we appreciated all people, affirming their past and present strengths and successes? What if we valued people as human beings first rather than as merely possible candidates to become Christians? What if instead of seeing people as inherently flawed that we saw them with inherent potential?
And…What if our interaction with people helped them explore and discover those potentialities and possibilities that God wants to flourish in them? What if we could introduce them to the Redeemer of all things, Jesus Christ, who wants to restore us to our image-bearing glory? What if we framed the gospel around a desired destiny rather than a defeatist depravity?
It raises some great questions and seeks to speak to some of the richness of the gospel — its good news because its also an invitation to step into God’s destiny for you — You have been created to do good works that have been prepared in advance for you to do (Eph 2.10)
Presbyterian Global Fellowships blog has an article looking at the metaphor of a “terminal.” It’s a good read (The link is lost and PGF is closed).
It struck me that the church is a lot like an airport terminal. The purpose of the airport terminal is not to get a lot of people to stay in the terminal as if it was their final destination. The purpose of the airport terminal is to help people make connections so they can get somewhere else (to another city, to somewhere else in the same city as the terminal, to meet a loved one, or to an important business meeting).
Another definition of evangelism
Paul Siems, an Evangelical Lutheran pastor, posted this definition on his blog:
Evangelism is the communication of Life
Evangelism is both proclamation as well as an invitation to join God’s work.
Communication is a two way street, so some response of the listener might be implied.