Jump to content
Online Baptist Community

Evangelism as the Focus in the Assembly of Believers?


speerjp1
 Share

Recommended Posts


s the lost person's exposure to the Bible limited to 15 minutes outside the church because of us? Are we too busy to care for the lost?>>> sometimes these lost are busy for us. They say, sorry, I have to go. (they have work, dinner, afterschool, etc. to worry about)

When we serve people and meet their needs, they will want to know what's different about us that causes us to give of ourselves for them.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 101
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Advanced Member



St. Francis of Assisi was famous for saying "Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary."

The Bible says: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"

Lifestyle evangelism is not commanded in the Bible. Living lives of holiness is. Preaching the gospel is. One isn't better than the other neither can one replace the other. Anything less is disOBedience.


I thought we were talking about witnessing. Would you not agree that "witnessing" and "preaching" are two different Christian responsibilities? To me, when we take on our roles as preachers, it seems the main purpose is to instruct. It seems more appropriate for those who, although they may not yet be a Christian, have at least some understanding of the Gospel and are eager/willing to hear more. On the other hand, witnessing seems more like our own personal introduction of a lost person to Christ. And I believe that our lifestyle is essential to this purpose.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist


When we serve people and meet their needs, they will want to know what's different about us that causes us to give of ourselves for them.



These days, people are not people-person (especially in the computer generation where isolation is becoming a prOBlem). They are quite afraid of inviting people in. But they feel ok coming to church. The only people that let me talk are my friends and family.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist
I thought we were talking about witnessing. Would you not agree that "witnessing" and "preaching" are two different Christian responsibilities? To me, when we take on our roles as preachers, it seems the main purpose is to instruct. It seems more appropriate for those who, although they may not yet be a Christian, have at least some understanding of the Gospel and are eager/willing to hear more. On the other hand, witnessing seems more like our own personal introduction of a lost person to Christ. And I believe that our lifestyle is essential to this purpose.


We are talking about evangelizing the lost, which includes both witnessing and preaching; both of which include the gospel.

I am familiar with the difference in the terms, but not with a difference in their importance. Both are commanded. Both are necessary. Both should be done... A LOT. :thumb:

One thing to be careful of is ascribing our modernized view of what we think our responsibilities to God and man are to the Bible. A simple, clear reading of God's word will bear out the truth of those responsibilities.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist




yeah, people told me not to preach to them LOL and all i was doing was witnessing.


Well, there you go.............IFB's go on for pages and pages about what is preaching vs. evangelism and how to carry it out and when, but the unsaved have no trouble at all recognizing good preaching when they hear it! :hide:
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

s the lost person's exposure to the Bible limited to 15 minutes outside the church because of us? Are we too busy to care for the lost?>>> sometimes these lost are busy for us. They say, sorry, I have to go. (they have work, dinner, afterschool, etc. to worry about)


Right on, most lost people do not want to hear it. I've found by experience, if you hark on it, them they will avoid you and you will not ever have another opportunity with them.

With a lost person you have to be careful, or you will drive them away. If we can handle the situation properly we can throw in bits and pieces without driving them away. That is something we have to use godly wisdom on, and with each lost person it can vary.

I know of one pastor of which many lost people avoid like the plague, for he harks on them the moment he confronts them, where ever it is. They hate to see him coming.
Link to comment
Share on other sites




Right on, most lost people do not want to hear it. I've found by experience, if you hark on it, them they will avoid you and you will not ever have another opportunity with them.

With a lost person you have to be careful, or you will drive them away. If we can handle the situation properly we can throw in bits and pieces without driving them away. That is something we have to use godly wisdom on, and with each lost person it can vary.

I know of one pastor of which many lost people avoid like the plague, for he harks on them the moment he confronts them, where ever it is. They hate to see him coming.

I agree with you(see, it happens!:wink)

I think a lot of pastors turn people off from the moment they open their mouths. Jesus never used harsh words when speaking to the lost. Rather, we see Christ serving them and meeting their needs and then telling them to "go and sin no more" or "your faith has made you well."
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

They're the only threads that get replies so it gives all of us not-yet-employed people something to do. I'm already half-way finished reorganizing my entire room(bedroom + office). lol


Amen to that brother! I hate jOB hunting. I am getting so desperate I might have to become a burger flipper with a college degree!!
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Who's Online   1 Member, 0 Anonymous, 11 Guests (See full list)

  • Recent Achievements

  • Tell a friend

    Love Online Baptist Community? Tell a friend!
  • Members

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Eagle One

      Havent been on for years, but have been studying with Jews for Jesus weekly Bible Study which has been wonderful.  Not sure any of your views on that group, but if you are from a Jewish background a great place to be grounded in the word and to learn.
      · 0 replies
    • Barbara Ann

      I am a researcher and writer at Watch Unto Prayer which I started 25 years ago. On this website there are many well-documented articles and audio programs by myself and other researchers whose ministry is to expose the endtime apostasy of the Church. Now more than ever Christians need information in order to identify and avoid the various deceptions that are in nearly all the churches.
      My husband and I attended the IFB Bible Baptist Church of James Knox a couple of years ago. We left the church after we were informed by the assistant pastor that we were not allowed to express views to other members that do not agree with the views of the pastor and leaders of the church. We were not introducing heresy but expressing our views concerning the State of Israel. We had never been in a church which forbade private conversations on issues where there are diverse opinions. This we recognized as cultlike control of church members. To inform Christians, my husband, who is also a researcher and writer, started a website on the subject: Zionism Exposed: A Watchman Ministry.
      · 0 replies
    • Free Spirit

      Jesus said:"I am the truth, the way, and the life. No man can come to The Father, but by Me."
      · 0 replies
    • Richg  »  BrotherTony

      Brother Tony, I read your reply on Anderson, I know you all think I'm argumentative but, when you don't agree.....the first thought I had is, I wish you would introduce me to the guy that hasn't sinned, maybe David, that had a man killed so he could commit adultery, yet, he was & is a man after Gods own heart, or maybe Paul the guy that persecuted and had Christians killed, or maybe Richg or Kent H, or even you ! I used to listen to personalities also when I was younger but today and for some time, my only concern is, does it line up with scripture & to me its hilarious that you think "I'm in a fix" LOL, I interpreted what we've discussed perfectly, not because I'm smart, but because with an open mind to things of God, its an easy read.
      · 1 reply
    • Richg  »  Jerry

      I thought you wanted me to stop talking to you !
      · 0 replies
  • Topics

×
×
  • Create New...