The eighteenth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!
Raja recently enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to discuss evangelism with Andy Cantrell, presently one of the evangelists for the Northwest church of Christ in New Hope, Minnesota. We hope you are encouraged by what you hear!
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
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).
The fourteenth podcast of Making The Word Known is now available!
Ethan enjoyed the privilege of discussing evangelism with Phil Arnold, presently serving as the evangelist for the Expressway church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky. We enjoyed a great discussion about evangelism and the way forward to instruct people interested in the Gospel; we hope you find the conversation beneficial as well!
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).
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!
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).
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).
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.”
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.”