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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: A Glorious Gospel
By David Smith


Evangelism is one of the most important topics that we deal with as Christians, and it is in fact one of the commands that was given to us by Christ. In fact it is likely that most of the people reading this consider themselves “evangelical”. However, I have a slightly different view of evangelism than most evangelicals I meet. The goal of evangelism is not, or rather should not be, to get people to say a prayer or make a confession. The goal of evangelism should be to help people begin the process of discipleship.

Too often I hear evangelism presented as if salvation is the end of the matter. What I mean is we tend to present salvation in such a way to make it sound like once a person gets saved they can go back to their lives and be exactly as they were before except with this thing called “salvation” tacked on to their lives. The reality though is that Christ did not call us to simply be saved or to go out and make converts he called us to “go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19). I believe this is one of the biggest failures of the “evangelical church” today. We are content with being saved and being a part of the world and the world’s values.

I believe that Christ has called us to something greater. He has called us to a life of discipleship—a life wholly committed to Him. We have missed some of the glorious greatness of the gospel when we make it anything less than a radical life transformation. I am not questioning the salvation of those inside of cultural Christianity, I am sure that many of these people are saved. What I am saying is that they are missing out on the great joy of following Christ wholeheartedly, and we should not rob anyone of that pleasure by teaching anything less than the fullness of the Gospel and the wonder of a Grace that will allow us to become people that are radically and completely changed.

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LauraLee Shaw11/08/07
A good explanation here.

Some suggestions: Your title is very good. Maybe you could tie it in with your conclusion. Also the word "evangelism" is repeated a lot in the opening paragraph. Maybe you could put a pronoun in there and possibly a word change for variety....

These are just tiny critiques. You're really on to something with the problem in the church of evangelizing. If we disciple the believers, the preaching of the gospel will grow as a result. Great points!
LauraLee Shaw11/08/07
After re-reading, I do see where you tied the title in at the end....I would've just like to see it in the ending sentence since it was such a great title. (Now I'm sounding nit-picky)... ;)
Betty Overstreet11/09/07
Very good point that we all need to be reminded of frequently!
Teresa Nolen11/14/07
This is a wonderful article...very clearly conveyed message.
When we are save, we are also to be changed and live a separate and holy life. Your article reminds of the "Great Commission" where Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and preach and teach His Word.
Enjoyed reading this.

God Bless