Methods of Evangelism
November 7, 2011
Methods of Evangelism
Part ONE - Evangelistic Method #1 - The “Intellectual” method of evangelism that I chose to research is the Four Spiritual Laws. In summary this method is one of the simplest to use when you want to present the Gospel to someone. It was originally written as a booklet by Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who was motivated by the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) in 1952 as a quick and efficient way to teach people how they can be saved. The Four Spiritual Laws use Scripture to convict, convince and convert. They are:
1) God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life (John 3:16).
2) Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore,
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2) If God were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into My Heaven?’ what would you say?” One advantage of using this method is that you never feel alone as you are always with a more experienced mentor. By actually going out with experienced trainers in real life witnessing situations, people learn how to share their faith. This method takes advantage of a variety of components including prayer, on-the-job training and the principle of spiritual multiplication. As Early and Wheeler state “When we lead people to Christ, we must stay with them to help them get established in their faith.” This style of evangelism can be seen as a disadvantage when using the Evangelism Explosion method. Although this method has seen great results, times and people have changed. Rarely do we see neighbors visiting with each other, enjoying one another’s company after a long day at work. Usually we see our neighbors driving into their garages and that is all. Showing up unannounced and uninvited on a stranger’s doorstep is can be seen as a serious invasion of privacy. Some people may be rude but others just feign interest in order to politely close the door. Fairly or unfairly any Christian door to door evangelism, which is essentially what Evangelism Explosion is, is going to be lumped into the same group with the work of the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons. This method of evangelism can also backfire.