Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2009
A 4-year study funded by the Lily Endowment designed to identify and analyze highly effective examples of evangelism by congregations in 7 mainline denominations reached two primary findings: (1) Of the 30,000 churches that qualified for the Mainline Evangelism Project, only 1/2 of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 1, 2008
I heard a story about a guy who applied for a job as an usher at a theater in the mall. As a part of the interview process, the manager asked him, "What would you do in case a fire breaks out?"
The young guy answered, "Don’t worry about me. I can get out fine."
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Aug 15, 2002
When the pioneers of radio evangelism started using the airways to proclaim the Gospel, they labored against a loud, persistent chorus of criticism.
Clarence Jones, co-founder of missionary station HCJB in Equador, faced these questions: Will God prosper this new-fangled fad
Contributed by Don Hawks on Mar 3, 2004
THE POWER TO EVANGELIZE
"I’m not a preacher, and I’m not a pastor. But I really feel my career was leading me to make this," Mel Gibson has said in reference to The Passion of the Christ. "The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic. I hope the film has
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2011
THE LACK OF EVANGELISM
(Evangelism Statistics from Michael Parrot, Acts Evangelism, Spokane, WA, 1993, pp. 9-11.)
• Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ.
• Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ.
• Less than two percent
Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 29, 2013
THE NEED FOR EVANGELISM
A few years ago George Barna reported some amazing facts. Most Americans, including profession Christians, believe that people are inherently good and that there primary purpose is to enjoy life as much as possible.
a). 38% believe that it doesn’t matter what
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Sep 28, 2008
Evangelism and Football
We are now in the midst of one the hottest seasons of the year. No, I'm not talking about the weather and its accompanying temperatures. After all we have just finished having summer this past week and autumn is upon us. And also some trees up on the mountains in Grant
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
Love as Evangelism
When Henry Stanley went out in 1871 and found Dr. Livingstone, (remember: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?") he spent some months in his company, but Livingstone never spoke to Stanley about spiritual things. Throughout those months Stanley just watched the old
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2002
In evangelical individualism people think of their personal relationship with God in isolation (“Just me and Jesus”) and forge their destiny apart from any church authority. While holding relatively low opinions of history, traditions, and the church, they turn to the experiences of self and
Contributed by Howard Parnell on Sep 20, 2002
A POSSIBLE METHOD OF EVANGELISM
A Christian man owned a barber shop. One night, at a revival meeting, the barber felt greatly burdened to do more with his testimony for Christ. The next evening, the barber began attending a "soul winners class" at his church. He attended faithfully every
Contributed by Tom Mccrossan on Jan 22, 2004
Becky Pippert used to be the evangelism specialist for InterVarsity. One time she told a story that helped us really understand God’s grace in the light of the Sixth Commandment. She led a girl to Christ. After this girl became a Christian, she began to agonize, feel tremendous guilt about the fact
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Apr 19, 2004
Evangelism Quotes and Illustrations
1. Paul Harvey said, "Too many Christians are no longer fishers of men but keepers of the aquarium."
2. Paul Little in his book "How to Give Away Your Faith" defines witnessing: "Witnessing is that deep-seated conviction that the greatest favor I can do
Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Nov 30, 2004
De-evangelizing the neighbourhood
I was at a conference a few years ago where they told the story of a church that looked as though they were really thriving: they had about 500 people attending, and had many outreach ministries reaching their community, and many people were coming to Christ and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
EVANGELISM: AQUARIUMS AND FIRES
The late Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopalian bishop, summed up the situation this way: "In the Great Commission, the Lord has called us to be--like Peter--fishers of men. We’ve turned the commission around so that we have become merely keepers of the aquarium.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2009
32% of evangelical Protestant churches are in a strong financial position vs. 13% weak.
Contributed by Tony Abram on May 7, 2009
1. Worship is the lost chord of evangelicalism. Howard Hendricks
2. When men stop worshipping God, they promptly start
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 14, 2009
EVANGELISM IS JUST THE BEGINNING
Many feel that the mission of the church is to merely be witnesses to a lost world. It is true that we are to bear witness of the risen Christ and His transforming power. We are told in Acts 1:8 that we are to be His witnesses to the ends of the world. Again we
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 7, 2010
How to Evangelize Jehovah’s Witnesses
David Reed has much experience to draw from when teaching Christians to evangelize Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was a preacher and elder there for many years. Now his book, Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse is in its 32nd printing and has sold more than
Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity.