I understand your concern with this trend in evangelism. More and more churches are encouraging lifestyle evangelism as the only effective means of sharing the gospel, which I think is dangerous. The gospel is meant to be proclaimed by our lips, as well. The preaching of the early church is clear evidence of this (Acts 2:37-39) as well as the preaching ministry of Christ (Mark 1:14-15). However, I don't think lifestyle evangelism should be discarded because it is being abused. Both Peter and Paul encourage excellent behavior in the church as a means of leading others to glorify God (1 Pet 2:12; Phil. 2:14-15). And in fact, Jesus did say, "Let your light shine among men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matt. 4:16). Again, I agree that a sole reliance upon lifestyle evangelism is an imbalance in the church, but I want to prevent my reaction to it from becoming an overreaction by discarding the teaching of both the apostles and Christ.
You're absolutely right Bud. I preach lifestyle evangelism all the time, but always with the necessity of using words too. Jesus never said, "You don't need to use words." Unfortunately that is a message that many are preaching now. Our lifestyle is most effective when it matches our message.
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