William says, lifestyle evangelism is great in concept. But I think many believers use this term (lifestyle evangelism) as an excuse for not witnessing verbally when the Holy Spirit has prompted them. I think the two work best when worked together. Witness with your words (His Words) and back them up with your life. -----Original Message----- From: Jerry [mailto:jelewis@...] Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 3:16 PM To: pastorsforum@... Subject: Re: [PastorsForum] Evangelism Steve said, I do think most people are comfortable with "life style evangelism" in which you live your lives without reproach in a Godly way and folks will eventually ask you for the reason of the hope that is in you. In other words, don't just share the Gospel with words, but live it out in your lives. Jerry says, Be careful, Steve, the term, "life style evangelism" will incite IFB into conflagration!!!!! Jerry L ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steven G. Rockhill" <revrock@...> To: <pastorsforum@...> Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 10:30 AM Subject: Re: [PastorsForum] Evangelism > Brian and Jerry, > I think a key problem is that folks don't know (practically) how to > share their faith. They are just told to do it because that is what > Christ commands in the Scriptures. I was a little disappointed a few > weeks ago when I posted on pastormail and asked for input as to what > messages or approaches pastors have given their people to actually teach > them the nuts and bolts practicality of sharing the gospel. There were a > few very helpful responses, but that was it, just a few - I was very > surprised there were not more responses. Are pastors just preaching "Go" > but not preaching and teaching "how to"? I did get my message on > Evangelism done and even I struggled with finding the balance. I tried to > summarize the key points of various "how to" programs. > One book that I would suggest is "Sharing Jesus without Fear" by Bill > Fay. I listened to his audio presentation and it was excellent. Sharing > your faith should not be hard at all, but fear holds us back - Fay puts > the burden where it should be - the Holy Spirit - and notes that our job > is to get the Word out and it is the Holy Spirit who will do the rest > (either convict or harden). > I do think most people are comfortable with "life style evangelism" in > which you live your lives without reproach in a Godly way and folks will > eventually ask you for the reason of the hope that is in you. In other > words, don't just share the Gospel with words, but live it out in your > lives. > > I am hoping to use Fay's book as the basis of Sunday School class or a > Wed. night study in the Fall. > > Peace, > Steve > > Aberdeen Wesleyan Church wrote: > >> The bad news: currently I am the only one actively involved in evangelism >> to any degree. That's not to say others in my congregation don't know >> how, or don't know they should share the gospel. >> The good news: people are coming to Christ, both through my personal >> witnessing and through pulpit witnessing. >> More good news: I'm going to offer the course "Becoming a Contagious >> Christian" for our Wednesday night Bible study, to help those who want to >> be more active, but aren't sure they can do it, either because the have >> never been trained, or because they don't have the right "personality >> type" to share with people. I wish I could force the entire congregation >> to take it, but that would not be appropriate... >> When I'm sharing one-on-one, I use the Bridge Illustration developed by >> the Navigators, including a version that uses only Romans 6:23. >> Brian >> Pastor Brian La Croix >> Aberdeen Wesleyan Church >> 1701 8th Ave NE >> Aberdeen, SD 57401 >> (605) 225-2873 >> abwesleyan@... <mailto:abwesleyan@...> >> www.aberdeenwesleyan.org <http://www.aberdeenwesleyan.org/> >> -------Original Message------- >> From: pastorsforum@... <mailto:pastorsforum@...> >> Date: 02/01/05 06:43:59 >> To: Pastorsforum@... <mailto:Pastorsforum@...> >> Subject: [PastorsForum] Evangelism >> Brothers what do you do with evangelism? Do you have classes? Do you >> have home visits? Do you send out volunteers and if so what training do >> you provide? How does your evangelism ministry work? >> Rev Jerry Martin >> Exodus Christian Worship Center >> Winston-Salem, NC >> 336-806-1188 >> ___________________________________________________________________ >> > > -- > To unsubscribe, send ANY message to: > pastorsforum-unsubscribe@... > > "In essential things, unity; in non-essential things, liberty; and in all > things, charity." > > -- To unsubscribe, send ANY message to: pastorsforum-unsubscribe@... "In essential things, unity; in non-essential things, liberty; and in all things, charity."