imagesHere’s 10 quotes that shaped my thinking in reading the book Evangelism by Mack Stiles.  Enjoy!

“There is no formula that dictates how God must work in evangelism.  And through we may disagree with the evangelistic practices of individuals, ministries, or churches, we must also recognize that when people develop good-hearted commitments to evangelism, God can produce true fruit.” (23)

“Evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade.” (39)

“There is no evangelism without words.  After all, Jesus is the Word, and the Word was with God (John 1:1).” (29)

“Over time, in ones and twos, people come to Jesus because they are taught the gospel.  Such teaching may not be as exciting as a massive revival, but if every Christian did this with non-Christian friends, it would have far greater reach and authenticity.” (31)

“The gospel must be taught before someone can become a Christian.” (31)

“We should use events strategically but in moderations, remembering that God did not send an event, he sent his Son.” (46).

“A church is not a marketplace of good ideas for living well, but a fellowship submitted to the Word of God.” (72)

“It’s good (though not required) to ask permission to share the message of the gospel.” (105)

“Ask lots of questions.  Be a good listener.” (105)

“If we want to understand the riches of Jesus more deeply, we still need to share our faith actively.” (112)

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