Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lifestyle Evangelism (Things Jesus Never Said)

"You don't need to use words. Simply live the Christian life in front of people, and eventually they will say, 'Hey, there's something different about him.' It works every time."


bud said...

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.

Tommy Mann said...

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.