Confrontational evangelism: “the form of evangelism that communicates the Gospel in an abrasive, in-your-face method.”
I will always remember taking an out of doors escalator in Las Vegas all the way down to the road degree with my then 12-year-old daughter Kailey. There have been lots of of individuals on the sidewalk beneath us as we descended towards the big crowd.
On the backside of the escalator was a person with a repent signal and, no joke, a bullhorn. He incessantly yelled “Repent!” in any respect the folks coming down the escalator and others strolling by.
My daughter turned to me and requested, “Daddy, what’s that man doing?”
I replied, “He’s making an attempt to share the Gospel with the group right here.”
She mentioned, “Daddy, I believe your method is far more efficient.”
My method is not actually even my method. It is the way in which you see modeled in Scripture. It is excellent news folks sharing the excellent news of Jesus in a excellent news method.
Chances are you’ll be considering, “Properly, did not Jesus preach to folks on the road?” And, you would be proper. However he did it in a relational method. He offered therapeutic for his or her our bodies and meals for the stomachs. And he shared hope with them in a loving and highly effective method.
And, sure, Paul did “road preaching” too. However he did it in a relational method, not an abrasive method. In Acts 17:22,23 he begins his out of doors sermon with these phrases, “Males of Athens, I discover that you’re very non secular in each method, for as I used to be strolling alongside I noticed your many shrines. And one in all your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship with out realizing, is the one I’m telling you about.”
As a substitute of simply screaming “repent” and reminding his viewers of pagan philosophers that they have been on a freeway to hell, he discovered frequent floor and used it to introduce them to the Gospel story.
In a way, all evangelism ought to be relational. In different phrases, it ought to be executed in a method that seeks to construct bridges as an alternative of partitions.
Some would name confrontational evangelism any form of evangelism that occurs outdoors of an already current relationship. The concept is that if you do not have a relationship then you have not “earned the suitable to be heard” with that particular person.
However Jesus had no earlier relationship with the lady on the properly in John 4. However, in a really relational method, he requested her for a drink of water. This shocked the lady as a result of Jewish males did not speak with Samaritan ladies on this tradition. And, in fact, this led in a short time to a dialog and a conversion.
Was that “confrontational evangelism”? I submit that it was extra relational than confrontational.
In fact there are truths that confront folks’s hearts when we share the Gospel. We share the excellent news that God loves us after which the dangerous information that our sins separate us from him earlier than we share the good information that Jesus died in our place for our sins. And, typically, the reality about sin stings. So we double down on speaking these arduous truths in a loving method.
This is how Paul instructs Timothy to share the Gospel with opposing false academics in 2 Timothy 2:24-26, ” A servant of the Lord should not quarrel however should be type to everybody, be capable to educate, and be affected person with tough folks. Gently instruct those that oppose the reality. Maybe God will change these folks’s hearts, and they’re going to study the reality. Then they may come to their senses and escape from the satan’s entice. For they’ve been held captive by him to do no matter he needs.”
Sounds fairly relational to me.
My good friend Dave Gibson is essentially the most relational evangelist I do know. From buddies, neighbors, baristas, flight attendants and restaurant servers he’s consistently participating folks in conversations. He then gently turns the dialog towards non secular issues and, inevitably, will get to the Gospel. I’ve witnessed him witness to numerous folks and have by no means seen him do “chilly turkey” evangelism in a confrontational method.
He turns chilly turkey right into a heat panini after which serves it up with a smile. He does all of his evangelism, like Jesus, in a relational method.
At Dare 2 Share we practice youngsters to “ask, admire and admit” after they share their religion. They ask inquiries to get to know someone, admire what they will about what they consider after which admit the explanation they are a Christian is that they’re so tousled they want Jesus to avoid wasting them.
Then we practice teenagers to naturally transfer on to have a Gospel dialog. This relational method of participating Gospel conversations will be executed with strangers and with buddies alike.
What we’ve got seen is that the extra youngsters can study to have Gospel conversations the much less probably they’re to make evangelistic displays. This can be a highly effective, sensible and tremendous relational approach to share the excellent news.
Generally Christians inform me they by no means share the Gospel with a stranger as a result of they solely consider in relational evangelism. Many of those believers categorize any evangelism fashion they aren’t snug with as “confrontational” and, sadly, miss many alternatives to share the Gospel with folks they meet all through the day.
I believe Devil has constructed a stronghold in lots of believer’s hearts relating to evangelism. He constructed it to maintain them from evangelizing.
This is what God’s Phrase tells us about strongholds, “For although we stay on this planet, we don’t wage battle because the world does. The weapons we struggle with are usually not the weapons of the world. Quite the opposite, they’ve divine energy to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and each pretension that units itself up in opposition to the information of God, and we take captive each thought to make it obedient to Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
Let’s demolish the strongholds in our hearts which might be conserving us from talking the reality in like to buddies, neighbors, relations and the “strangers” we meet alongside the way in which. Let’s do all evangelism in a relational, non-confrontational method that seeks to win folks over earlier than successful their souls.
Let’s be excellent news individuals who converse the excellent news of Jesus in a excellent news method. No extra confrontational evangelism please!
Initially posted at gregstier.dare2share.org.