Podcast #13: Metrics

The thirteenth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

We must always be mindful of the metrics used to evaluate evangelism efforts. Join Ethan and Raja as they discuss the various metrics used to evaluate evangelism and the effectiveness of using those metrics!

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).

Podcast #12: Goalposts

The twelfth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

Making mature disciples is the goal of all evangelism efforts. How do you get there? Join Ethan and Raja as they discuss the various goalposts in the evangelism and discipleship process!

And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20).

Till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

Podcast #11: Interview with Ray Ferris

The eleventh podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

Ethan recently had the privilege of discussing evangelism with Ray Ferris, a gospel preacher who labored for many years in the upper Midwest. It was an honor to sit at his feet and learn from his experiences; we hope you find it profitable as well!

Copperphone Mic

Podcast #10: Thinking Beyond Ourselves

The tenth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

It’s no secret that people look at themselves and their environment in radically different ways. How can we get people to understand themselves and their world as God would have them to understand it? When people have such divergent views, who is expected to get out of their comfort zone first and attempt to come to an understanding of the other? Join Ethan and Raja as they discuss how God expects believers to go out and at least try to understand the ways others see the world so as to show them the way of God in Christ!

For though I was free from all men, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more. And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-22).

Podcast #9: Go and Make Disciples

The ninth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Thus Jesus commanded His Apostles as the “Great Commission.” How important is the command to “go” and “teach”? What about “come and see”? What should be done with the attitude which says, however explicitly or implicitly, “we have the truth, and if they are interested, they should come and find us”? Join Ethan and Raja as they explore Jesus’ imperative to go and teach the Gospel!

One of the two that heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
He findeth first his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is, being interpreted, Christ).
He brought him unto Jesus.
Jesus looked upon him, and said, “Thou art Simon the son of John: thou shalt be called Cephas” (which is by interpretation, Peter).
On the morrow he was minded to go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip: and Jesus saith unto him, “Follow me.”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
And Nathanael said unto him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”
Philip saith unto him, “Come and see” (John 1:40-46).

Podcast #8: The Need for Equipping Saints for Evangelism

The eighth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

What does it take to evangelize? Is it enough to just convict Christians about their need to love others and trust they will therefore tell them about Jesus? In this podcast Ethan and Raja discuss why evangelists need to themselves proclaim the Gospel to those without while encouraging and equipping fellow Christians to do the same.

And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12).

And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20).

I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching (2 Timothy 4:1-2).

Podcast #7: Paul in Athens on Areopagus

We’re pleased to announce the seventh podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

In this podcast Ethan and Raja continue grounding the discussion of evangelism in Scripture by analyzing Paul’s lesson before the Athenians on Areopagus in Acts 17:22-31:

And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, “Ye men of Athens, in all things, I perceive that ye are very religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you. The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us: for
‘in him we live, and move, and have our being;’
as certain even of your own poets have said,
‘For we are also his offspring.’
Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man. The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

Podcast #6: Paul in Antioch of Pisidia

We’re pleased to announce the sixth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

In this podcast Ethan and Raja continue grounding the discussion of evangelism in Scripture by analyzing Paul’s lesson before the Jewish people of Antioch in Pisidia in Acts 13:16-41:

And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, “Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken: The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out of it. And for about the time of forty years as a nursing-father bare he them in the wilderness. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land for an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years: and after these things he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they asked for a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; to whom also he bare witness and said,
‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who shall do all My will.’
Of this man’s seed hath God according to promise brought unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus; when John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was fulfilling his course, he said,
‘What suppose ye that I am? I am not he. But behold, there cometh one after me the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to unloose.’
Brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us is the word of this salvation sent forth. For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead: and he was seen for many days of them that came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses unto the people. And we bring you good tidings of the promise made unto the fathers, that God hath fulfilled the same unto our children, in that he raised up Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,
‘Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.’
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he hath spoken on this wise,
‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
Because he saith also in another psalm,
‘Thou wilt not give Thy Holy One to see corruption.’
For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: but he whom God raised up saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins: and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the prophets:
‘Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; For I work a work in your days, A work which ye shall in no wise believe, if one declare it unto you.'”

Podcast #5: Peter Before Cornelius

We’re pleased to announce the fifth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

In this podcast Ethan and Raja continue grounding the discussion of evangelism in Scripture by considering Peter’s preaching before Cornelius in Acts 10:34-43:

And Peter opened his mouth and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all.) – that saying ye yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judaea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, not to all the people, but unto witnesses that were chosen before of God, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he charged us to preach unto the people, and to testify that this is he who is ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believeth on him shall receive remission of sins.”

Podcast #4: Peter in the Temple

We’re pleased to announce the fourth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!

In this podcast Ethan and Raja continue grounding the discussion of evangelism in Scripture by analyzing Peter’s preaching in the Temple in Acts 3:12-26:

And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, “Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this man? or why fasten ye your eyes on us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied before the face of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. But ye denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted unto you, and killed the Prince of life; whom God raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And by faith in his name hath his name made this man strong, whom ye behold and know: yea, the faith which is through him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But the things which God foreshowed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old. Moses indeed said,
‘A prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me. To him shall ye hearken in all things whatsoever he shall speak unto you. And it shall be, that every soul that shall not hearken to that prophet, shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’
Yea and all the prophets from Samuel and them that followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham,
‘And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’
Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”