Not Starting With The Gospel
Is Like Reading
From The Back Of The Book
Evangelism has two parts: disciple-making and disciple training.
The first part involves sharing the Gospel with unbelievers in the hope of converting them to Christ. Every converted person is referred to variously as saved, Christian, believer, and convert all of which are synonyms for disciple.
There are many ways to make disciples but the greatest number of conversions happen through personal evangelism, i.e., one person sharing the Gospel with at least one other person, face to face.
The important point is discipleship starts at the moment of conversion and no one is converted until they hear the Gospel.
The progression is simple: Hear the Gospel -> Convert to Discipleship -> Commit to Training.
We can’t get those things out of order.
Evangelism’s second part, disciple training, includes both instruction and practice.
Instruction lays out the principles taught in the Bible and practice is the hands-on phase where Disciples learn how to apply those principles to everyday life.
Both parts of evangelism are essential but there are problems.
The training part gets more attention than disciple-making. In fact, some religious groups bypass disciple-making completely, opting to start with baptism, not conversion, which clearly contorts the process and the purpose.
But even churches that believe strongly in disciple-making may occasionally get the process out of balance essentially neglecting disciple-making. The result is personal evangelism is rarely mentioned and the skills associated with it are lost.
There are several reasons this happens. [Read more…] about 6 Reasons Personal Evangelism Is Neglected