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Building Up the-Church Through Public Evangelism

George "Randy" Dickson
Seattle, Washington

"Go preach the gospel to every creature . . . (Mark 16:15) " it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" ( 1 Cor. 1: 21). "But we preach Christ crucified . . ." (1 Cor. 1:23) "Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (2 Tim. 4:2).

We do not want to be misunderstood to believe that the only application of the above scriptures is to public evangelism. The private or personal evangelism is included in these, also. Paul affirmed that he had " . . . kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly and from house to house" (Acts 20:20). SO we see that in our desire to fulfill our obligation to teach from house to house, we should never neglect the public proclamation of the word.

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Teaching: The Forgotten Element Much of Our Preaching

Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.

"Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching" (2 Tim. 4:2, NKJV).

It has been almost fifty years since I first became a Christian and a little over forty of those years have been spent in "full-time" preaching. In these years I have heard a lot of preaching  good and bad. I have been privileged to hear some of the greatest preachers among us in the last half of this century. Many of these men have already finished their course. A goodly number are still active. Some are still relatively young. They have exhibited a variety of personalities and styles. All of them have had one thing in common. When they preached, they taught you something from the Scriptures.

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The Church And The Individual

Monroe E. Hawley
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

It has been said that extremes beget extremes. Usually the truth is somewhere between. It seems to this writer that this is true of one of the current problems among brethren-the relationship of the local church and the individual.

There are those who embrace the philosophy that the church can do anything the individual can. They soon have the church involved in secular matters. On the other hand, some teach that the church cannot operate in certain fields where the individual clearly has a Christian responsibility. They often find fault with new projects on the ground that these things are the duties of individuals, not the church.

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Kinds of Preachers

O. C. Birdwell
Cullman, Alabama

"If thou put the brethren in mind of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which thou hast followed until now: but refuse profane and old wives' fables" (I Tim. 4:6,7).

These words are from Paul to admonish an evangelist named Timothy, and all others who want to be "good ministers." The word "minister" is obviously not used as a religious title, but rather to describe what Timothy was. The word translated "minister" is also translated by some, "servant," and is used often with reference to a teacher of the gospel. Paul's letters to Timothy show some characteristics of a good minister and faithful steward. Notice a few of them.

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The Message and Purpose of Evangelism

Walton Weaver
Memphis, Tennessee

While there are many kinds of evangelism and even many methods within each kind, evangelism has only one message and purpose. Yet, each of these may be described variously.

The Message

1. What the message is. Evangelism is the telling of God's good news, the gospel. The definition of evangelism must be specific in identifying which Gospel is to be told. True evangelism must have the gospel of God as its message. No other message is adequate since no other gospel is the power of God unto salvation, and only in this gospel is the righteousness of God revealed (Rom. 1:16-17).

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