the act of proselytizing to Christianity

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When did the practice of bringing non-believers to church originate?

A practice used for Church growth is bringing non-believer friends to church so that they'll like what they see and join the church. Now, the questions are: Did this ever happen in the New ...
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What is the difference between evangelizing and proselytizing? [closed]

Aren't they both focused on converting people? What's the difference?
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What is the scientific effectiveness of “street preaching” as a method of evangelization?

I've been looking around for hard facts on the efficacy of street preaching but can't find any. Are there any hard numbers on the number of people who come to faith through this kind of evangelism? ...
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Does sin hinder one's ability to speak God's word?

A friend told me that "bad people" are limited when it comes to spreading the Word of God. According to scripture, how, and in what way, does sin hinder one's ability to spread the Word of God?
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Was Paul the ideal Christian we were meant to emulate? [closed]

Did God intend for Paul to show us the kind of Christian life we were all meant to live? I don't mean every nitty-gritty detail. Obviously things would be different if you were born a woman or mute ...
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Aim of christian missionary in India [closed]

I am Indian and a Hindu by religion. I have few doubts about intentions of christian missionary that happen in india funded by west.I have no intentions to hurt any religion but to get alternate ...
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If God desires salvation for all, how come many people died without hearing the gospel?

1 Timothy 2:4 states that God wants everyone to be saved: This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God ...
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How do Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians evangelize?

If you have been to a public university or college campus in the USA, then you may have seen a live, theatrical performance of street evangelism. Sometimes, the preacher may give his (yes, the ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons? Jehovah's Witnesses are known by their hallmark door-to-door proselytizing. But what I am interested in is the ...
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Origin and details of -10 to +10 model of becoming a Christian

I've heard of a model for showing how a person can become a Christian: they start at -10 (as far away from God as possible) and gradually work their way to 0 (becoming a Christian) and then, ...
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What is the role of human judgement given God's omnipotence and his plans [closed]

For example, some people view evangelism to be "most effective" using one method, whislt another person might view it as "most effective" to use another method. Ie, our opinions (and hence actions) ...
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The Eunuch being converted by Phillip? [closed]

There is a passage in the Bible talks about an eunuch traveling on the road and reading from Isaiah. The Phillip saw him, talked to him, and baptized him. Which passage is it? Is that passage enough ...
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Doesn't Proverbs 2: 21-22 disprove “once saved, always saved”?

For the upright will live in the land,      and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land,      and the ...
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Praying with non-Christians as evangelism?

From Christianity Today, 07/02/02: Twelve days after the September 11 attacks, David Benke followed Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu clerics to the podium of a Yankee Stadium event to honor the ...
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Can the devil and/or yourself lead you to a wrong form of Christianity? [closed]

I have the fear that the devil and/or myself can lead me to a wrong form of Christianity, such as one subtly based on works, without you actually knowing it. Is there an example of this in the Bible, ...
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What is appropriate age group for an altar call?

I was in an evangelical setting with some young kids and one of the helpers/ leaders basically did a sort of altar call with the kids. It actually surprised the other helpers/ leaders. What is the ...
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What are the theological roots of “my testimony” in evangelism?

I have noticed in evangelical / Baptist circles that the phrase "your testimony" is mentioned heavily in suggestions as to how you ought to witness to nonbelievers. It is said that citing personal ...
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How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards? [closed]

I'm 18 years old, and I was born in a Christian family (Evangelical), so I've been going to church and believed in Jesus my whole life. However, I am concerned about salvation. According to what I ...
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What cautionary advice have evangelists given that address Gandhi's concern about “Rice Christians”?

Not too long ago we had a question here that raised the issues of bribery, cultural "destruction," and use of harsh language against nonbelievers during evangelization efforts in developing countries. ...
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Which groups of Christians hold signs about Jesus or Christianity in public, and why? [closed]

I often see people standing on the sides of the road holding signs that say things like "Trust Jesus". Is this something that Christian groups do regularly? Is it specific to a particular ...
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Why do Christians seek to convert everyone?

This may touch a nerve, but why do Christians seek to convert everyone, especially people who have no interest in being converted? It always comes off like a drug dealer saying, "Try it, you'll like ...
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Why don't we use the abundant life as a way to reach the lost? [closed]

In this age of self-help mantras, why doesn't the Church offer Jesus as a way to have the abundant life? After all, that is what Jesus came for as well. The reason I ask is because when people used ...
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Was Billy Sunday the first evangelist to equate the “altar call” with salvation?

According to this article from the The Society for Effective Evangelism: Up until Billy Sunday, altar calls were invitations for seekers to come to an after-meeting or inquiry room where ...
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What is the “Hell's Best Kept Secret” teaching that's circulating in various Evangelical Churches?

There's a teaching called "Hell's Best Secret" that's been circulating for several years, originally preached by Ray Comfort, the a New Zealand-born minister, and founder of Living Waters ...
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Is the following rationale for sharing the gospel consistent with reformed theology?

One can ask: if one believes in predestination, then why share the Gospel? A common response one often hears is: because God also said to share the gospel or perhaps God predestined you to be ...
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A paradox that arises from Christian duty as “ambassador”

Consider the question "Is the Sabbath made for man or man for the Sabbath?" A rhetorical question, because Jesus said that it was the Sabbath that was made for man. But this is not a question directly ...
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Could Hell be seen as a reward?

I live in a very atheistic land. People hate religion because the main religion in my province has abused the people. Thus sometimes when I speak to friends and coworkers I present Hell as follows. ...
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How to conduct missionary work through literature

It seems utterly superficial, but one of the most frequent methods of promulgating information about Christianity for fallen away folks or getting the word out to people who are teetering on the edge ...
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Is it right for a church to be wealthy?

Jesus preached that the faithful should give up their wealth and worldly possessions and spend a humble existence in servitude of God. A church must have a certain amount of wealth in order to ...
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What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? [closed]

There seems to be general consensus inside Christianity that in order to be saved, you must have faith, and that this faith has to be in Jesus Christ. Here is one verse sometimes cited for the ...
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Should Christians proselytize other Christians?

I've seen many instances of Christians trying to convert believers from other denominations into their own. However, the teaching I've heard of this has always been against the practice. My personal ...