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]