Podcast #27: The Church and the Kingdom

Giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love…And [Christ] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (Colossians 1:12-13, 18).

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The Kingdom and the church are related concepts, but they are not the same in every respect. How we view our responsibility in the Kingdom may well influence if or how we evangelize. Join Ethan as he discusses the nature of the Kingdom, its relationship to the church, and how evangelism is Kingdom work!

Podcast #27: The Church and the Kingdom
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Podcast #25: Focus

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith: but these ye ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone. Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel! (Matthew 23:23-24)

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What is really important? What, in the end, really is not as important? These are important issues as we approach evangelism: we need to focus on what God in Christ would emphasize, and not allow minor issues to take over. Join us as we discuss the importance of proper focus!

Podcast #25: Focus
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Podcast #24: Indirect Benefits of Evangelism

The imperative to promote the Gospel and lead people to the Lord Jesus is established in Scripture and sufficient warrant for the endeavor (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 1:16). Nevertheless there are some indirect benefits of evangelism which can be quite encouraging for believers. Join Ethan as he explores some of these additional benefits which come from efforts to promote the Gospel!

Podcast #24: Indirect Benefits of Evangelism
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Podcast #23: Rifle vs. Shotgun

US-guns-WWII There are a variety of ways to approach evangelism; one question involves whether we should narrowly target our approach (as with a rifle) or to maintain a wide array of approaches (as with a shotgun). Join Ethan as he discusses the two approaches!

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. And I do all things for the gospel’s sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof (1 Corinthians 9:22-23).

Podcast #23: Rifle vs. Shotgun
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Podcast #22: Relational Evangelism

handshakeGod is One in relational unity and has made us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27, John 17:20-23, Romans 1:19-20); thus we seek relationship with God and with one another, and by necessity evangelism will demand the development of relationship. Join us as we discuss the relational aspects of evangelism!

Podcast #22: Relational Evangelism
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Podcast #21: Point of Agreement

Paul on AreopagusWhere should we begin the conversation about evangelism with people? Start too far back and you risk boring the person; start too far forward and it will soon be apparent that you do not share the same foundation. Join Ethan as he discusses the importance of beginning at the point of agreement and going from there!

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. And I do all things for the gospel’s sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof (1 Corinthians 9:20-23).

Podcast #21: Point of Agreement
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Podcast #20: Apologetics and Evangelism

But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).

To give the answer of our faith is, in Greek, to make an apologia; we get the word “apologetics” from this idea. What relationship exists between apologetics and evangelism? Join Ethan as he discusses the connections!

Podcast #20: Apologetics and Evangelism
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Podcast #19: Defense with Respect and Gentleness

But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).

We are called upon to make the case for our faith to others. How should that case be made so as to maintain the integrity of the message but remain in the spirit of meekness and fear? Join Ethan as he discusses the relevance of a full understanding of 1 Peter 3:15 to our evangelistic endeavors!

Podcast #19: Defense with Respect and Gentleness
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Podcast #17: Christianity, Culture, and Evangelism

The relationship between Christianity and culture has a powerful influence on evangelism, dictating the postures of both the Christian evangelizing as well as the one who would hear the Gospel. Join Ethan as he discusses some aspects of how Christianity and its relationship with culture influences evangelism and how we can most effectively direct people to Jesus!

Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:22-25).

Podcast #17: Christianity, Culture, and Evangelism
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Podcast #15: Business vs. Family

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

Evangelism and sales seem to be natural partners since both involve the art of persuasion. But should Christians treat evangelism like sales and the church as a business? Join Ethan and Raja as they discuss the business vs. family mindsets regarding evangelism and the church!

But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8).

Podcast #15: Business vs. Family
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