Three Dangers of Simplistic Evangelistic Methods
by Daniel Darling
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, undoubtedly you’ve been exposed to one or more “proven” methods of sharing your faith. In my lifetime I’ve been exposed to a few of these. They have been helpful in narrowing down the message, helping me get more comfortable sharing the gospel, and summarizing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
But there is a danger in relying too heavily evangelistic methods or tools. Here are three that concern me:
1) We send the message to ourselves and our hearers that the gospel is simplistic. The truth is that the gospel is simple–simple enough for a child to grasp, Jesus said (Matthew 10:14-15). Paul articulated a one-sentence gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. And yet, the gospel, while being simple is not simplistic. There are many mind-boggling aspects about which we will never understand. We will never fully grasp the
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Incarnation, how Jesus could be fully man and fully God. We’ll never fully understand the Trinity. We’ll never fully understand how Jesus could rise from the dead and can live in us through the Spirit. Peter said in his letter that prophets who predicted it didn’t understand it and the angels, who daily behold God’s glory, long to know it. Paul said a few times that God’s grace–it’s vastness and richness are “unsearchable” Romans 11:33; Ephesians 3:8. The gospel is a beautiful treasure whose value we will study and love for all of eternity. Sometimes, in an effort to be simple, we reduce the gospel down. We restrict it to the language we prefer or the method we use or our favorite verses. As if that’s all the gospel is. We forget that the gospel is both simple and yet beautifully magnificent…
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