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The Heart of Evangelism

Guest: Dr. Alvin Reid

After the ascension of Jesus Christ from the grave, Holy Scripture states that he gathered the disciples on a mountain and said these words – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and makes disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Termed the Great Commission by the church, various means and methods have been used since that time centuries ago when Jesus departed the earth. In the modern day, evangelism is debated as to its most effective means for taking the gospel to the nations. The gospel itself seems clouded and is often expanded to include ideas and statements which, when examined Biblically, seem strange and even out of place from the words preached and taught by Jesus and the Apostles.

Guest for this podcast:

Dr. Alvin Reid, Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry occupying the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC has written a new book, The Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional.

Part I

Churches with a “southern” culture; The SBC – In decline?; The SBC by the numbers: Research and Baptist Press; What is Biblical Evangelism?; The “missional” reading of Scripture – what it is and how to do it; The missional hermeneutic – between the indicative and the imperative; Preaching – expositional and evangelistic; Acts 1:8 – the last words of Jesus; The missional matrix.


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Part II

The Apostle Paul’s missionary methods – Acts 17 & 19; Revival – what is it?; Revival as a meeting?; Charles Grandison Finney and the new measures; Large evangelism programs – do they work?; Denominational imperialism; The Christian world is flat; The theology of evangelism – what is the gospel?; The gospel invitation, the invitation system, and its use in modern evangelism; Contextualization – what is it?; J.D. Greear – good and bad parachurch ministry; The future of the SBC, the NAMB, and state conventions.


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