Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Contrarian View From the Pew: A few questions

What percentage of Christian leaders believe that sharing the Gospel is an individual responsibility?

What percentage of Christian followers believe that sharing the Gospel is an individual responsibility?

What percentage of Christian leaders actually make it a part of their ministry to be out in the world making new friends who are not believers and then sharing the Gospel with them?

What percentage of Christian followers actually make it a part of their life to be out in the world making new friends who are not believers and then sharing the Gospel with them?

How effective are individuals at sharing the Gospel?

Is sharing the Gospel a numbers game like product marketing?

What are the obstacles that need to be overcome in order for a non-believer to accept the Gospel message?

Is there a downside or risk to sharing the Gospel with a non-believer?

Where do the ideas and beliefs about evangelism come from?

What does the Bible have to say about evangelism?

What does the Bible have to say about individual evangelism?

Is evangelism in America different from evangelism in less developed countries?

Do Evangelicals need a paradigm shift regarding evangelism?

7 comments:

Becky said...

Yes...to your last question. Now my question is this: Is how we Evangelize a personal thing or is there a clearly laid out formula for Evangelism from scripture? Can we be prayer Evangelists? Do we need to sell all we have (Acts) and go out into all the world to preach the gospel? Can we be lifestyle Evangelists or is that a cop-out? I'm afraid I haven't really done much of any of the above. But I would like to. (Except the sell everything part) I heard on the radio a while ago, Chuck Swindol say, "Think about someone you know that you think would never, ever become a Christian. Now, pray for that person to know Christ and be ready to be used!) I've started that...the rest? I don't know if I have the courage.

David M. Smith said...

I'm having enough trouble answering my own questions, but I will try to answer some of chins up as well. :-)

I definitely agree with cu and Chuck regarding prayer.

Rob said...

I guess that since Jesus said first "Come follow me" then said "Go" as in into all the world and spread the good news that it is an individual responsibility to share the gospel. I personally think it is pointless to try though unless you are willing to build relationships. Sadly many evangelicals look for trophy conversions to rack up mythical points with God.
I am enjoying your site.
Blessings on you and yours.

Jennifer said...

We absolutely need a paradigm shift. We have to stop viewing things from the "us versus them" perspective. We have to stop viewing the world as our enemy. If we are going to change the world for Jesus, we have to change how we look at and deal with the world.

Steve said...

Mark:

Boom! That is the sound of you hitting one out of the park. Run with this, very good stuff. My thought is it is about TIME - having intentional time for real, non-judgemental relationships with non-believing people.

Also, are you familiar with the Alpha series at http://alphacourse.org/? I have heard good stuff about it....pretty open to the time thing.

Teresa said...

I believe the shift is back to the early church. If our example is the Bible, then we should really look at the whole of it. They "shared" life! A non-beleiver came to Christ through many different ways. Sometimes it was immediately when someone shared the good news, but usually it was after relationships were built and much teaching. I do believe that we have a responsiblity (all of us), to play our part. Sometimes we will reap, sometimes sow... He has given us gifts to do it. I beleive we need to "go". Does that mean to China, maybe for some, but for others, it's to their work place, or neighborhood and do as Jesus did: pray for, care, and share.

Anonymous said...

> What percentage of Christian leaders believe that sharing the Gospel is an individual responsibility?

What does that matter?

> What percentage of Christian followers believe that sharing the Gospel is an individual responsibility?

What does that matter?

> What percentage of Christian leaders actually make it a part of their ministry to be out in the world making new friends who are not believers and then sharing the Gospel with them?

Too small a percentage.

> What percentage of Christian followers actually make it a part of their life to be out in the world making new friends who are not believers and then sharing the Gospel with them?

Too small a percentage.

> How effective are individuals at sharing the Gospel?

If they are committed, actually far more successful than mass evangelisim types!

> Is sharing the Gospel a numbers game like product marketing?

That depends on how many people you are willing to allow to spend eternity in hell ...

> What are the obstacles that need to be overcome in order for a non-believer to accept the Gospel message?

(1) Apathy
(2) Self-conciousness

> Is there a downside or risk to sharing the Gospel with a non-believer?

Yes ... they might laugh at you. On the other hand, the downside to NOT doing it is a lot more serious.

> Where do the ideas and beliefs about evangelism come from?

Hopefully from Matt. 28:19

> What does the Bible have to say about evangelism?

Just do it ...

> What does the Bible have to say about individual evangelism?

Just do it ...

> Is evangelism in America different from evangelism in less developed countries?

Yes ... we are less likely to be thrown in jail, lose our jobs, or be executed for evangelizing (unless you are REALLY obnoxious at it ... then, I think that those consequences are more due to being that obnoxious.)

> Do Evangelicals need a paradigm shift regarding evangelism?

No ... they just need to do it.

Buz