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Questions tagged [evangelism]

the act of proselytizing to Christianity

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What is the significance of “G12” in the evangelism strategy “G12 Vision”?

According to Wikipedia: The G12 Vision is a Christian evangelism and discipleship strategy established by Pastor César Castellanos, the founder of International Charismatic Mission Church. However,...
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How did Oneness Pentecostalism spread and grow during the 20th century?

Oneness Pentecostalism is a movement within the broader Pentecostal movement which rejects the Trinity and is essentially a revival of Modalism. Oneness Pentecostalism arose shortly after ...
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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

I met two men on the street who were Mormons. We had a nice discussion and they gave me their book with a bookmark pointing to a verse in it. Later that day I met with my friend and he said I ...
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According to Reformed Theology, how does one make disciples?

According to Reformed Theology, how does one "make disciples"? Are "making disciples" and "evangelizing" synonymous?
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In RC doctrine, when is pop culture, like Bernstein's Mass, appropriate to tell sacred messages?

Background and lead up to question Most people reading this weren't old enough when it was released, if they were around at all, to remember it, although it has been performed fairly frequently since ...
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How can I find and read Alpha News?

The originators of the Alpha Course published a newsletter called Alpha News, which I have seen cited a few times. Is there a way to track down back copies of Alpha News?
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In LDS, how are 'milk' doctrines distinguished from 'meat' doctrines?

When discussing doctrine with ex-LDS acquaintances, they've mentioned the concept of "milk before meat," presumably based on these words from Joseph Smith's revelation in Doctrines & Covenants 19: ...
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Can we ask God to bless unsaved people so that they will be more open to the Gospel? [closed]

I have been given literature from an organisation called "House of Prayer" which seems to imply that we should pray down blessings on our local communities, people in their jobs and in their ...
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Have LDS missionaries stopped preaching door-to-door?

Some time ago I read an article such as this one (dated June 25th, 2013), that says that: Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Sunday that missionaries won’t be ...
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Is there any Ethiopian ancient source about the eunuch who was evangelized by Philip?

We all know that passage from Acts 8, where Philip preached and baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch. I've read in an article that Ethiopian Christian tradition talks about this Eunuch, who came from ...
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What is the basis for arguing that the gospel has already been preached to “all nations”?

In Matthew 24:14 (cf. Mark 13:10), Jesus says: And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Many ...
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According to Charismatic Christians, do those who never hear the gospel of Christ go to hell?

I'd like an overview of what Charismatic Christians believe regarding the unreached. Are people who have never heard the gospel of Christ going to hell? For example: infants, fetuses, mentally ...
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If salvation is possible from all religions, then is proselytizing required?

There are some Christian groups who believe that all religions are inherently good and that a good person who rejects Jesus Christ will still go to Heaven. According to them, if good people can go to ...
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Why did the Apostles not go with the rest of the believers outside of Jerusalem?

I noticed that the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem for a long time while others sort of acted like missionaries as a result of being scattered... except the Apostles. And there arose on that day a ...
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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 Testament?...
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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? [closed]

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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Did Jesus say to preach to Gentiles, or not?

Besides Paul, who never met Christ, was Jesus' message ever meant to be told to the Gentiles?
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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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How to make driving out demons reasonable for non-christians

Recently I invited some colleague students over to an evening called Questions to Christians at my student association. Two of them came (both (almost) completely unfamiliar with Christianity/faith/...
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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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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? [closed]

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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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 counselors ...
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“Hell's Best Kept Secret” from a Calvinist Perspective

The Hell's Best Secret teaching is very popular, and is making an impact on Churches and Christians, crossing denominational borders, and having an influence on Christian movies, television, and ...
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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 Publications....
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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 the ...
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A paradox that arises from Christian duty as “ambassador” [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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 ...