Lessons in Evangelism | Gentrified

February 6, 2009 — Leave a comment

Logan is doing a quick set of posts on Evangelism at Gentrified.

Below is an excerpt:

I am far from gifted in evangelism, if there was such a thing as ungifted that would be me, but I’ve learned that Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “do the work of evangelist” likely means Timothy wasn’t either, but the command is still the same. I am starting with the question of “Why should I evangelize?” because it deals with the motivation of your heart which in turn reverberates through the actions you take. Evangelism always felt simply like a command (which it is) and a duty, which left me feeling guilty and ashamed of not doing it more, but my motivations for evangelism have been changing so that it is starting to feel normal.

I’ve come up with 3 changes in motivation that explain why I have evangelized more:

1) I love God and His gospel.

2) I’ve started to actually love and care about the people around me.

3) It causes worship in me and exalts His name.

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I have watched the last few months as Logan has been ignited with a passion for this, and it is an encouragement and challenge for me to continue to share what God has done in my life, and the power in the cross of Christ.

Todd Engstrom

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Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth. God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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