This Shouldn’t be Controversial


Four Statements:

  • Evangelism is different from outreach.
  • Outreach is not necessarily evangelism.
  • Outreach can help evangelism but it can never replace evangelism.
  • Evangelism always includes proclamation.

The Great Commission of taking the gospel to every people group in the world (Matthew 28:16-20), cannot be accomplished without proclamation. The idea that the gospel can be shared without words is erroneous. Often attributed to St. Francis, “Share the gospel with everyone, if necessary, use words” was . . .

a. Never said by St. Francis.
b. Is contrary to what we know of his preaching style.
c. Is impossible on the face of it, because the gospel is fundamentally, good news, and must be told.

This shouldn’t be controversial. Why is it?

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