Monday, May 21, 2007

A Definition of Evangelism

It seems that Christians are continually seeking a definition of Evangelism so that they can package it and sell it. It seems that Christians keep looking for better and more effective ways to communicate the Gospel so as to save the world.

With this in mind I thought that I would offer the most concise definition that I know. Ponder on this one for a while.

Evangelism is the communication of Life.

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Pastor Chris said...

Very succinct.

Could there be more?

It focus's on the telling, but not the listening, on the communication, but not the invitation.

Does evangelism include a some kind of response (or success)?

How might this relate to further connection with the Body, or to baptism?

I've been reading "Logic of Evangelism" which defines evangelism in terms of initiation into the kingdom of God. It'll take more than comment space to elaborate, but thought I'd through some thoughts out.

Pastor Chris

Anonymous said...

So this "communication of life" is really only found in death!

Rom 6:3-4
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ESV

"Evangelism is the communication of Life." - Thanks Pastor Siems!


Not Alone +++ PAS said...


I'm not at all surprized that you understood. It is quite theologically deep, but then your roots of faith run deeply.

Not Alone +++ PAS said...

Pastor Chris,

Thank you for your comments. I wrote a response, but like you said, it is really too long for the comment section. I think that I will work it over a bit more and post it as a new post, only not as a direct response, but as a more general explanation.

I visited your blog and read your 5 point definition. From your defintion and the definition of your church body, I understand why you are inclined to look for more than the communication of life as the definition of evangelism.

I'll try to work up a new post soon to expound upon what is buried in my definition which I believe is in accord with the Scriptural definition.

Till then.

Pastor Chris said...

Thanks for dropping by to read. I'll be getting to a review of "logic of evangelism" pretty soon.

I'm not disagreeing with you, just wondering how you might tease out the response of the individual.

Look forward to it.

Pastor Chris