Weekend Preview | The E-Word: Part 1 – What Is/Isn’t Evangelism?

By Chris Denning

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I don’t know about you, but growing up in the Church, evangelism just made me feel icky.  Maybe it was some of what Zack mentioned in his post on Wednesday, but I never felt comfortable with it.

Honestly, it didn’t have anything to do with my faith.  I was always confident in what I believe and why I did, it was just the sharing my faith part that felt uncomfortable.  Maybe it was because I didn’t have a very good understanding of what evangelism actually was.

In our new series, The E-Word, we’re going to be demystifying evangelism and taking a look at what it looks like to live a life where evangelism is simply a natural expression.  I know this hasn’t always been the case for me, but I think I’ve come a long way since I’ve started to understand what evangelism isn’t and what evangelism is.

Evangelism isn’t . . .

  • Sharing your spiritual opinion with other people to win an argument.
  • Telling others how they should live based on what you believe.
  • Bullying or scaring people into having “faith.”
  • Yelling at people on the street about your faith.
  • Having an academic argument for the sake of embarrassing another.

Evangelism is . . .

  • Sharing your story with someone.
  • Giving hope to someone in a time of need.
  • Having an honest conversation with someone who believes something other than you.
  • Thoughtfully explaining to someone why you believe what you believe.
  • Having an academic discussion for the sake of sharing Christ’s love.

A lot of what evangelism is and isn’t rests on our hearts, our motivations.  I hope that through this series we can not only have a better understanding of evangelism, but are equipped to make evangelism a part of our daily lives.  I know I need this encouragement and training, and I hope that we all can walk away ready to share our faith.

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