Evangelism and salvation are supremely God’s work. God created the world out of nothing; similarly, He is the one who gives us faith. And although we can imagine Him doing this with a simple “Let there be…” as in Genesis 1, that is not how He has chosen to work. Instead, God has commissioned His people to do the work of evangelism, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with a world that needs to hear it. We have no right to lay the task aside simply because God bears the ultimate responsibility for saving souls. There is a part…

Were rampant commercialism and plagiarism more harmful for Chinese Christians than government censorship? The Chinese government’s latest crackdown on online evangelism has deleted or led to the closure of numerous Christian accounts after new measures took effect in March. Among them are Jonah’s Home, which for years provided Bible study, evangelism, and discipleship resources for Chinese Christians. Jidian, a Christian apologist and influencer on Zhihu, a Q&A platform, lost nearly 300 Christianity and Bible-related questions he had answered on the website. These restrictions have intensified since 2018 and have crushed hundreds of WeChat public accounts created by evangelical organizations and…

Many evangelicals celebrate their freedom of religion in the Muslim-majority nation. Orthodox and Catholics urge: Go slow. Emil Panahov has a vision. “I want to see 96 percent of Azerbaijanis confess their faith in Christ, and revival often began when the king became a believer,” he said. “But our God is the president of presidents, so the government does not rule over me.” He has a long way to go. Panahov, founder of the Vineyard church in Muslim-majority Azerbaijan, arrives at his target by inverting his homeland’s estimated proportion of Christians: 4 percent. Most of these are Russian Orthodox, holdovers…

While some church leaders are concerned that online religion restrictions may scare off Christians, others hope Chinese believers will continue to sow the digital mission field. China’s new internet regulations went into effect March 1, laying out broad restrictions on religious communication, teaching, and evangelism. The new rules put into writing unofficial penalties that some Christians already faced for their online activity, so Chinese believers aren’t sure how the rules will be implemented and how much it could hamper missions. The regulations were announced at the end of last year by China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) and allow…

He personally led more than 10,000 to Christ and grew Briarwood Presbyterian from a storefront to a megachurch. Frank Barker Jr., the founding pastor of one of the flagship congregations of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), died on December 27. He would have turned 90 this month. Barker started Briarwood Presbyterian Church in a storefront in a Birmingham suburb and grew it to a congregation of more than 4,000 by the time he retired in 1999, making it one of Alabama’s first megachurches and a strong example of the PCA’s commitment to evangelism. “He both modeled and motivated the…

World Evangelical Alliance and Nahdlatul Ulama sign “The Nation’s Mosque Statement” on sidelines of 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit, seeking a “harmonious world order.” The world’s largest Muslim organization accepts that Christians will try to convert its members. A new partnership with evangelicals seeks to ensure this does not lead to conflict. Last week, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) signed a statement of cooperation with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), an Indonesian association with an estimated 30 million to 50 million members. Established in 1926 to counter Wahhabi trends issuing from the Arabian Peninsula, its name means “Revival of the Religious Scholars.”…

New faculty position to expand scholarship on biblical evangelism. A new faculty position to expand scholarship on biblical evangelism Wheaton College announced today the establishment of an endowed chair of biblical evangelism. The Jean Kvamme Distinguished Chair of Biblical Evangelism will reside in the College’s School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, and will provide an academic bridge between scriptural text and biblical evangelism. It will also help Wheaton graduate students engage more deeply with the gospel message and its contextualized proclamation in the broader world. “We are honored to recognize Jean Kvamme in this way, and we thank her husband,…

Useful tools for the ongoing task of witness into the world; prayer, listening, and thanksgiving. Neglected Tool Three: Thanksgiving Sadly, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday in the UK. It’s a shame because I love the idea of setting aside an entire day to thankfully reflect on all we have and share in the company of other thankful folks. Oh, and Turkey (you can keep the yams though). While in the UK we are neglecting the opportunity for a thankful heart each November via an official holiday, in the church, we may have ongoing gratitude neglect when it comes…

Useful tools for the ongoing task of witness into the world; prayer, listening, and thanksgiving. In the first part of this three-part series, we considered prayer as being a neglected tool for evangelism. In this second part, we will explore another practice all too often neglected in our witness to the world: listening. Neglected Tool Two: Listening Have you ever been in conversation with someone where you couldn’t get a word in edgeways? In You’re Not Listening Kate Murphy recounts a story about Richard ‘Dick’ Bass, known for going on ambitious expeditions and talking about them at length with any…

Useful tools for the ongoing task of witness into the world; prayer, listening, and thanksgiving. It can be annoying when you don’t have the right tool for the job. I remember once deciding to use a knife as a screwdriver when I couldn’t find the real thing, only to have more success opening the flesh on my finger than any screws. The scar on said finger is an unfriendly reminder to go and get the right tool next time. When it comes to evangelism, there is no shortage of ‘tools’ to help the church become effective in its witness. These…

At the age of 83 in January 2018, international bilingual Christian evangelist Luis Palau, who died March 11, 2021, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. That startling revelation was the impetus for him to reflect on his adventure-filled life of trusting God from his humble beginnings on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to filling stadiums and declaring the good news of Jesus Christ with tens of millions globally and personally counseling world leaders. How as a teenager, he heard Billy Graham speak and decided to follow in his steps. Bible Gateway interviewed Luis Palau (@LuisPalauLive) about his book,…

Someone told me a few weeks ago that he was witnessing to a colleague at work. He said, “You know, Colin, this guy lives like the devil, but he is good at heart.” I said, “Well now, wait a minute. How can he be good at heart if he lives like the devil? Surely if he lives like the devil, there must be something wrong with his heart!” After all, Jesus said, Out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality… greed, malice… envy… arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’ (Mk. 7:21-23). What…

When Jesus changes our lives, it’s only natural to invite others along. I am rhythmically challenged. I can’t dance, rap, or do high fives. I miss the other person’s outstretched palm every time. I also don’t know what to do when someone approaches me to greet me. I never know if I am supposed to do a handshake, bro-hug, or curled-fingers hook. Last month a guy offered me a fist bump and I shook it by mistake. It felt awkward and horrible at the same time. That’s why I love watching people who’ve got rhythm. I love seeing an NCAA…

The truth is that Christians never retire. Until our last breath, God has work for us to do. “How do we get younger people in our church? How do we engage Millennials and Gen Z?” These are vital questions for all of us. Millennials, Gen Z, and younger, in the power of the Holy Spirit, are the future of Kingdom expansion on the face of the earth until Jesus returns. We are not talking here about propping up dying institutions; instead, we are seeking ways to pass on the faith in Jesus Christ that has been delivered to us. The…

Technology is making the gospel available to people around the world like never before. There has never been a better time to share the gospel. We have the best distribution channels in the world for the best message in the world, modeled by the best Savior in the world. “Evangelism” doesn’t need to be a cold, religious word loaded with obligation. Here are three ways we have an opportunity to engage in evangelism today. First, reaching the world with a single click It has never been easier to reach the world with the gospel. We live in an age of…

As we enter into 2020, challenges to evangelism continue to rise. We need to face them to help us prioritize the spread of the gospel. As we enter 2020, we must continually confront challenges to evangelism to prioritize the spread of the gospel. The first significant challenge to evangelism relates to how we see the mission. A major shift in missions stemmed from two significant deaths in 2018: missiologist David Hesselgrave and missionary John Chau. Hesselgrave devoted his life to traditional missions. His death in 2018 at 94 years old signified a shift from traditional missions to new approaches to…

What is central to Jesus’ mission for us has become secondary to many Christians. Evangelism. Evangelist. Evangelize. Who knew that a word with an etymology relating to good news could become such bad news in our world? We all know that evangelism has fallen on hard times. What is central to Jesus’ mission for us has become secondary to many Christians. Not only does this one word evoke strong emotion (on either side), but it has become increasingly polarizing among evangelicals. There are few words that consistently cause such varied reactions globally. Some love it and engage in healthy evangelism,…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on evangelism, one on creation, and more! But God: The Two Sweetest Words In The Bible (Stephen Altrogge, the blazing the center) If we’re going to understand the beauty of the words “But God” then we must come to terms with who we were. We truly were spiritually dead. We were gladly following Satan. And we were actively, zealously carrying out the sinful desires of our flesh. How Can I Cultivate a God-Centered Life? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) The world wants you to believe…

At the age of 83 in January 2018, international bilingual Christian evangelist Luis Palau was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. That startling revelation was the impetus for him to reflect on his adventure-filled life of trusting God from his humble beginnings on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to filling stadiums and declaring the good news of Jesus Christ with tens of millions globally and personally counseling world leaders. How as a teenager, he heard Billy Graham speak and decided to follow in his steps. Bible Gateway interviewed Luis Palau (@LuisPalauLive) about his book, Palau: A Life on Fire…

What an Old Testament artist tells us about aesthetic vocation. When I was young, my mother made a wreath that was composed of natural materials—pinecones, needles, thistles—gathered from places where we had taken family vacations. Setting aside distinctions between art and craft, it has always been evident to me that the wreath possessed certain artistic qualities: an expression of her creative abilities, an intentional work with aesthetic appeal. What became equally evident to me over time was that the wreath functioned in another way. Hanging on the wall in my parents’ living room as it has for decades now, it…