The Clear Word 

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21st Century Evangelism

Lesson Two
Mid-State Bible Institute
Paul Dodson

 

Last week we took a look at Evangelism and exactly what it was.  


We discovered that Evangelism is “joyfully proclaiming that the good news of 


salvation prophesied in the Old Testament has come to pass in Jesus the 


Messiah.”  But, how do you do this?  Is there a right way and wrong way?  


The answer to this question is “Yes”……and “No”.  



First, in order to Evangelize, you must first be evangelized.  You must know 


that you are a child of God.  There are far to many unsaved people running 


around trying to act like they are saved, but not having any real spiritual birth.  

Before we go any further, I would ask each of you who take this class to 


examine yourselves whether or not you are truly saved:



2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own 


selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except 


ye be reprobates?


The thing to remember is that salvation comes thorough Jesus Christ and 


trusting in His Sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. Just knowing this does not 


save you.  Liking the idea and believing that this is true does not save you.  


Salvation comes from believing God and repenting, turning your life over to 


Him and living for Him.  True salvation produces a change in ones life.  It is 


not a religious experience, it is a new birth….


Joh_3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 


Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


Joh_3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.


1Pe_1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by 


the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


 True salvation takes place the moment God comes and takes up residence 


within your life. You become spiritual born again.  There is a change, a lasting 


change. 2Co_5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 


old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


Has this new birth taken place in your life.  Do you KNOW you are a child of 


God?1Jn_5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the 


name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that 


ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.


If not, stop right now.  There is no sense of you going any further until you get 


this settled.  Go to the contact page of this site and email me…raise your 


hand and interrupt me in class right now… Do whatever it takes to get it 


settled.



Ok, if you are going further, I assume you are a born again child of God.  So, 


back to the question.  Is there a right way to Evangelize?  Yes, and No.  God 


created us all different, we all have different gifts (1Co_12:28 , Romans 12:6-


8) And as such, we all minister differently.  God likens us to different parts of 


the body (Romans 12:3-8).  As far as HOW we evangelize, there is no real 


wrong way.  But when it comes to the message, there is only one right way, 


and that is the message salvation through Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:8).  



Let us take a brief look at four major types of Evangelism.  The first method 


of Evangelism is, Relational Evangelism: Relational Evangelism is an 


evangelistic method modeled after Jesus in John 13:1-20 and is a 


combination of simple acts of kindness and intentional sharing of the gospel.” 


Using Christ as the ultimate model, this style of evangelism implies a sincere 


and humble attitude in putting others first. It is a natural yet subtle way of 


witnessing to the lost.  This is a very good method to Evangelize if you are 


just starting out witnessing to others. One of the disadvantages of this 


method is that in many cases, it take a long time to see any results. And, in 


many cases, you may never see the fruits of your labor.



The next method is Confrontational Evangelism.  Unlike relational 

evangelism, confrontational evangelism seeks immediate results.  In this 

style of evangelism, the Christian worker walks right up to complete strangers 

and confronts them about their lifestyle and their need for salvation.  Sadly, in 

many cases, this confrontation turns in to name calling, antagonizing and 

very rude and mean statements being thrown around. Many people who call 

themselves “street preachers” engage in this type of evangelism.  They will 

use 2 Timothy 4:2 as their battle cry, as well as a few other verses. When 

backing up their style of evangelism, they are very quick also to point out that 

Jesus called people names as well, and even make a whip and drove people 

out of the synagogue. While this is all true, it might be worth noting that the 

only people Jesus ever called names was the religious do gooders of His 

day, and the whip was for people inside the synagogue who were using it for 

their gain.  When it came to lost sinners, Jesus “taught” them, “ate” with 

them, and “healed” them.  He warned them in love about their sin, and told 

them of judgment to come, but He never screamed at them or cussed them 

out, or called them names.  There is a time for spirit lead confrontation in love 

and humility.


The third type of evangelism is called Lifestyle Evangelism. In this type of 


evangelism, the Christian seeks to win people to the Lord simply by living a 


good, godly life.  Ephesians 4:1 is one of the Bible verses they will use to 


back up their style of evangelism.  While it is important to live a life in keeping 


with what you are preaching, simply living a good life will not win anyone to 


the Lord.  James_2:26 tells us, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so 


faith without works is dead also.”  It is important to live a life that makes 


people stand up and pay attention, but if we don’t exercise some form of 


communication along with that lifestyle, it will go nowhere.



And then lastly, the fourth type of evangelism is Intellectual Evangelism:  This 

last form of evangelism simply uses intellectual material passed out either by 

hand or by being left some place in order to present the Gospel.  There is 

very little to no confrontation that takes place, no friendships are built, and no 

lifestyle to maintain.  The Evangelist simply mails, passes out, or leaves the 

Gospel message with others or in places that others will find it.  This method 

of evangelism is very good for new Christians, Christians with disabilities, or 

older Christians who just can’t get around very good, and also for those who 

are not good talking to others.  


In concluding this lesson, it is important to understand, that each type of 


evangelism has it’s place.  Each style can be done in several different ways, 


and each has it’s strong points and drawbacks.  The key to understanding 


this lesson is to always be ready to give an account for the hope that is in you 


(1 Peter 3:15), whether it is by means of intellectual evangelism or one of the 


other three.

 

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