Apostolic Evangelistic Emphases

March 22, 2011

The biblical record of apostolic evangelism reveals key emphases in their evangelistic doctrine and practice. The following table reflects my current understanding about apostolic evangelism by presenting pairs of key truths concerning the content of their evangelistic message.

Apostolic Evangelism
Name of Jesus Christ Kingdom of God the Father
deity of Jesus as the Christ agency of Jesus as the Christ
Jesus as the God-sent Savior Jesus as the God-appointed Judge
crucifixion resurrection
faith repentance
profession baptism
forgiveness of sins the gift of the Holy Spirit
salvation judgment


At least in much of what I have observed in evangelism, heard preached in evangelism, and read about evangelism, the elements on the left have tended to be overemphasized. In some of these pairs, the disparity has been quite marked. The elements on the right, however, are vital as well and should not be neglected.

Whenever possible, our evangelism should emphasize fully what the apostles emphasized.

Rajesh

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