Ethan enjoyed a great opportunity to sit down and discuss evangelism with James Buchanan who currently promotes the Gospel in South Africa. We hope you are encouraged by considering what it is like to preach Jesus in other lands.
Welcome to the 29th edition of the Making the Word Known podcast!
Apologies for the long pause in publication! We’ve had some hosting issues, but now Making the Word Known has its own webpage (www.makingthewordknown.com), and we look forward to new opportunities to encourage you in the work of evangelism!
Recently Ethan has begun teaching a class on Telling the Good News of Jesus Christ for the Venice church of Christ. Join him as he spends some time discussing part of the first lesson of that class: understanding the meaning of Gospel as “good news,” as well as important distinctions between “outreach” and “evangelism.”
Raja recently enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to discuss evangelism with Derrick Victor, presently serving as the evangelist for the West Ventura County church of Christ in Oxnard, CA. We hope you are encouraged by what you hear!
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).
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!
Raja recently enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to discuss evangelism with Darryl Smelser, presently one of the evangelists for the Park Road church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio. We hope you are encouraged by what you hear!
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)
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!
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!
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).
God 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!
Where 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).