There Isn’t One Method of Evangelism
At Combating Unbelief, we do not believe that there is one method of sharing the gospel. If you look at the whole new testament, there is not one cut and dry method of how to evangelize. In the book of Acts there are several different approaches to sharing the gospel, and in the epistles there is never a directive telling the church “this is the only way you should talk about Jesus”. Instead, there are several clear directives to know and contend for the truth and to discern between true and false doctrine. That is why our ministry focus is on teaching and proclaiming the true gospel.
Methods are Helpful and Important
Though we don’t focus on one specific method of evangelism, we do believe methods are helpful and important. They are helpful in that they guide a novice who has never shared the gospel, or is new at sharing the gospel, in a systematic approach that they can remember and use. They are important in that they remind us of the key elements of the good news. They are also important because they have been used in the conversion of countless Christians throughout church history. So though we don’t zero in on one specific method, we do appreciate and utilize some of the different methods that exist.
Many Methods, One Message
At Combating Unbelief, we believe that there are many methods, but only one gospel message. Our summary statement of the gospel is as follows:
The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ dying for the sins of the world as a sacrifice and substitution, and granting salvation to all who turn to Him in faith, by applying His righteousness to them.
We believe that that summary most likely needs qualification and clarification in order to be effectively communicated to unbelievers. That is where a clear understanding of doctrine, different methodologies and apologetics, all wrapped up under the power and leading of the Holy Spirit comes in handy.
We have found it most helpful to guide our listeners through this flow of thought:
God exists (Genesis 1:1)
God is good and will judge evil (Acts 17:31)
We are all evil and deserving of God’s judgement (Romans 3:10-18)
God’s judgement due to us was taken on Christ at the cross if we repent and put our faith in Him (Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We find this flow of thought most helpful because the gospel is about good news. The good news is that we can have grace instead of justice. It is impossible to minister grace to someone who thinks that they deserve it. Therefore the good news must start with a clear understanding of the bad news. Once the bad news is understood, then the hearer is ready to receive the good news of salvation available through Christ. We believe that whatever method that helps people see this picture clearly is a good method to use.