Six ways to do evangelism

The New Testament gives examples of at least six different approaches to evangelism

PROCLAMATIONAL (Acts 2:14-39; Acts 17:22-31) Giving a public statement of the truth of the gospel in the church or in public but realize it may fail to give an opportunity for dialogue, and seeming a little eccentric in many cultures.

INVITATIONAL (John 1:41-42) Inviting someone to a Bible study or church service where the gospel is presented but realize the temptation may be that you never share the gospel yourself – a person who can’t articulate their own salvation experience lacks credibility.

INTELLECTUAL (Acts 17:17; Acts 19:8)
Advocating the reasonableness of the Christian faith through apologetics, creationism, and philosophy but realize you may focus on the gospel, forgetting love and relationships, and becoming contentious.

TESTIMONIAL (John 9:25; Acts 26:1-23) Sharing with a person the difference Christ has made your life – purpose, joy, meaning, hope – and urging others to find the same but realize it may be too “experiential” in your explanation such that you do not clearly cover all elements of the gospel.

CONVERSATIONAL (John 3:1-21, 4:5-26) Presenting the gospel to a person as the result of a transitioned conversation, while handling questions and objections but realize it may be more incidental than purposeful; failing to create thirst in the listener; presenting the gospel in too many pieces and not “putting the puzzle together.”

CONFRONTATIONAL (Acts 26:27-29) Presenting a simple gospel to a person, while skirting side issues and objections to press for a decision but realize it may be picking unripe fruit, giving an incomplete gospel, obtaining false decisions and giving false assurances.

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