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What is the biblical method of evangelism?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
When trying to decide how to share Christ with someone, the starting point should be the same as that of John the Baptist and Jesus Himself. Matthew 3:2 tells us that John began his ministry with t...

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Mini Frederic A Parker
The Apostle Paul is often called the greatest evangelist. That said, Paul's method of evangelism can be considered the "Biblical" method as recorded throughout the book of Acts. 

In all cases except one, Paul would go to a new city to the synagogue and begin preaching the gospel. He started this way because his audience would be Jews who had a strong Old Testament background. That saved him a lot of time. He could build on their foundation and lead them into the New Testament understanding without needing to go back through all of the prophecies etc.

After some time, Paul would be required to move out of the synagogue because of the resistance of the Jews, at which time he would move his preaching to a local house, taking with him whatever converts he had from the Jews. This local house now became the local "Christian" church, open and inviting to all, Gentiles and Jews alike. 

Paul usually stayed for several months, and visited them as often as he could. He commissioned and trained other preachers. He wrote letters to instruct and encourage the new congregations and their pastors. 

The only time Paul deviated from this method of evangelism was in Athens (Acts 17:16ff). That time he was called by the Greek philosophers to the Aeropagus to defend himself on the charge of "proclaiming foreign gods." This charge carried the death penalty for those convicted. 

Now, having an audience of Greeks who had no Jewish background or understanding, Paul brilliantly started with what they did understand - "The Unknown God." He was acquitted and allowed to leave. He also took with him some converts, even from that situation. 

For additional information on Paul's method of evangelism, you might enjoy reading "Why Won't They Listen," by Ken Hamm, especially chapter 5.

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Mini Peter Leon
Matthew 8:28 has Jesus's specific direction. Go. Teach. Baptize. How can we improve on His instructions? We can't. Hence we are commanded to go out of where we are, teach the good news, and then baptize new believers

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