Evangelism (Martin Cavender)


What is evangelism?
See what God is doing and work alongside him.

Who is evangelism?
We have to cross the line to discipleship. In the New Testament discipleship is not about being a student, but an apprentice who watches his master working. It is always in community. Sometimes community becomes an end in itself – it should be a means to an end. Evangelism is not a thing to do, it is a person – Jesus. We can no longer just be consumers in church.

Where is evangelism?
The world. See Matthew 28 and John 20.

What is the Good News?
Jesus lived and died and rose again, and this changes everything. It is a fact (the Latin root of ‘fact’ means ‘done’). It’s about life.

How do we know things (knowledge)? How do we make sense of them (purpose)?

The faith-based world view (Hebrew) is great on purpose but not on knowledge. We know things through revelation – which is not enough for scientists.

The scientific-based world view (Greek) is great on knowledge but there is no purpose. We have created an amazing world but we don’t know what it’s for.

We need to take hold of the crises: A crisis of purpose which gives rise to a resurgence of spirituality. Then there is a crisis of spirituality which doesn’t satisfy. Also a crisis of prosperity which does not fulfil.

How do we reach people?
The beauty of our lives attracts people. Discipleship, because you have to know how to live a beautiful life.

“I want to believe in Richard Dawkins, but he’s not happy and you are. It’s not evidence, but it’ll do for now.”

[based on a talk by Martin Cavender, Swansea University, 27/10/11]


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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2 Responses to Evangelism (Martin Cavender)

  1. Great thoughts here. All if Christianity is more holistic than many if our programs allow.


  2. Couldn’t agree more.


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