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Methods of Evangelism
Paul Karsten
Evangelism 101
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The Roman Roads
Summary of Method The Roman Roads approach to evangelism utilizes a methodical
approach to directing an unbeliever through the plan of salvation by utilizing verses from the
book of Romans in the Bible. When arranged in order, these verses form an easy, systematic
way of explaining the message of salvation. (About Religion) The Roman Roads approach to
evangelism specifically explains why salvation is so important in our lives and who needs to
receive it. This method also details how God will provide salvation and how it is received into
our lives. The Roman Roads method also reveals to us the value of His salvation. The Roman
Roads method of evangelism utilizes the following verses from the book of Romans; 3:10-12,
23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 13, 5:1, 8:1, and 8:38-39
Advantages of Using This Method The primary advantage of utilizing The Roman Roads
method is that it immediately introduces scripture to the unbeliever and it is very easy to present.
It allows us to ask a simple question, If you were die at this exact moment would you go to
Heaven? which can open up an opportunity to share the message of Christ with an unbeliever.
This method also allows us the privilege of using the reasoning found in the scripture instead of
worldly views and thinking. The Roman Roads method allows us to respond to the word of God
and His free gift of salvation through Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.
Disadvantages of Using This Method This method requires to some extent that the unbeliever
have a certain level of acceptance that the Bible is Gods inspired and trustworthy Word. If an
unbeliever does not believe that the scriptures are the inspired Word of God then you will have
resistance to the message. Another disadvantage with The Roman Roads method would occur if
the unbeliever doesnt believe in God. Either situation would create an environment where
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dialog would be immediately severed. This method can cause an unprepared evangelist to
stumble if they do not know how to counter a statement about someone not believing in God.
Lifestyle Evangelism
Summary of Method Lifestyle Evangelism is based on the concept that we need to focus on
living our lives in a manner that represents the witness that Jesus speaks about in the bible. This
method of evangelism depends on a lifestyle that models solid Christian behavior and values. It
is an extremely popular method of evangelism in America primarily because it takes the least
amount of effort.
Advantages of Using This Method The advantages of using this method is that as Christians
our lives ought to be different from those who are not saved and live in the secular world.” (The
Virtuous Girls) Lifestyle Evangelism is all about building relationships with unbelievers one
person at a time. People who support this approach to evangelism often point to Matthew 5:16
which states In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good
works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven. It is easy to accept the Lifestyle method
as an appropriate way of evangelism because Christ often won people to the Kingdom of Heaven
by expressing compassion and performing miracles.
Disadvantages of Using This Method The Lifestyle Evangelism method by itself is in
contradiction to what Jesus teaches us in the Great Commission. As Christians we are supposed
to share the Gospel with all nations. Christians are by definition expected to live their lives
differently as living witnesses of Gods incredible love. We are supposed to be spreading the
word and doing good works. Acts 5:3 shows how the early church was known for doing good
things, as they were highly regarded by the people. However Acts 5:20 Go, stand in the
temple courtsand tell the people all about this new life. specifically showcases that we need