The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor

A Theology of Witness and Discipleship

Author: Scott J. Jones

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426719167

Category: Religion

Page: 134

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There are, it seems, as many definitions of the term "evangelism" as there are people doing the defining. For some, it means proclaiming the gospel to those who have not heard it. To others, it means making disciples of Jesus Christ. To others, it means working for the transformation of the world into the kingdom of God. For still others, it has principally to do with building vibrant, healthy congregations. Underlying this confusion is a fundamental inability to locate the practice of evangelism within one's overall theological convictions. We will never understand the part that proclamation, disciple making, kingdom building, and church growth play in evangelism until we first ask a more important question: What does evangelism have to do with who God is? What is it we know about God that makes evangelism a central part of what it means to be Christian? In this comprehensive theology of evangelism, Scott J. Jones proposes to ground the practice of evangelism in an understanding of God's love for the world, specifically as seen in the incarnation of God in Christ. In Jesus, God took on all of what it means to be human. Because of this, evangelism must be a ministry to the whole person. The typical distinctions between soul-winning, social action, and church growth evaporate; individual conversion and acts of mercy are part of the same ministry of bringing persons more fully into the reign of a loving God.
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Offer Them Life

A Life-Based Evangelistic Vision

Author: Dan W. Dunn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1625640102

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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In this book Dan Dunn proposes that the biblical theme of life is extremely important and thus provides a helpful foundation for the theory and practice of evangelism. He makes a strong case for Christ-followers to embrace a life-based evangelistic vision as a way to help non-believers choose the full and vibrant life that God intends for them in Jesus. While making this strong case, he also urges readers to avoid casting aside other evangelistic visions (such as those based on discipleship, the kingdom, forgiveness, atonement, etc.). Instead, he invites us to add a life-based evangelistic vision to the possibilities available to us for helping people choose to follow Jesus and thus experience the life He makes possible for them.
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Saving Women

Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice

Author: Laceye C. Warner

Publisher: Baylor University Press

ISBN: 1932792260

Category: Religion

Page: 301

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A theology of evangelism created out of womens evangelistic practices
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Loving God, Loving Neighbor

Ministry with Searching Youth

Author: Peggy Kendall; Claire Smith; Tim Ke

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453506713

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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In almost every congregation, there is a searching youth who is somehow different from the rest, one who thinks more deeply, asks more questions, and wants to make a difference in the world. This young person may be seen as a loner, an upstart, or someone who does not fi t. Youth workers may not know what to do with these inquisitive youth, and a youth program that meets the congregation’s expectations probably won’t connect with the needs and interests of searching youth. Eventually, searching youth turn into searching adults who continue to “stir things up” and enrich the life of our congregations with their questions, insights, witness, and service. These young people have the capacity and ability to provide signifi cant leadership in our congregations now and in the future. Because of their unique gifts, we are offering this book as a resource for pastors, teachers, and youth leaders who work with them. In this book, faculty members, students, and recent graduates of Saint Paul School of Theology look through the eyes of their academic disciplines and ministry experience to explore the foundations for ministry with searching youth and to offer designs for your ministry.
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Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism

Living in a Three-storied Universe

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 0687412331

Category: Religion

Page: 139

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Bruggemann here describes evangelism as a drama in three scenes in a sequence which recurs throughout the Bible.
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John Wesley's Conception and Use of Scripture

Author: Scott J. Jones

Publisher: Kingswood Books

ISBN: 1501834339

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Despite wide acceptance of the "Wesleyan quadrilateral", significant disagreements have arisen in both academic and church circles about the degree to which Scripture stood in a place of theological primacy for Wesley, or should do so for modern Methodists, and about the proper and appropriate methods of interpreting Scripture. In this important work, Scott J. Jones offers a full-scale investigation of John Wesley's conception and use of Scripture. The results of this careful and thorough investigation are sometimes surprising. Jones argues that for Wesley, religious authority is constituted not by a "quadrilateral", but by a fivefold but unitary locus comprising Scripture, reason, Christian antiquity, the Church of England, and experience. He shows that in actual practice Wesley's reliance on the entire Christian tradition - in particular of the early church and of the Church of England - is far heavier than his stated conception of Scripture would seem to allow, and that Wesley stresses the interdependence of the five dimensions of religious authority for Christian faith and practice.
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The Wesleyan Way | Student Book

A Faith That Matters

Author: Scott J. Jones

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426767560

Category: Religion

Page: 108

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Meet the Faith of Wesley . . . Real and Relevant in Today's World.
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How to See the Holy Spirit, Angels, and Demons

Ignatius of Loyola on the Gift of Discerning of Spirits in Church Ethics

Author: Gordon James Klingenschmitt

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630870870

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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Are God, angels, and demons really invisible? Or can the spirits be seen with human eyes, through the lens of Church Ethics? The gift of discerning of spirits is indispensible to the study of church ethics. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), wrote two sets of Rules for Discerning of Spirits in his Spiritual Exercises in the early 1500s. He taught how the church can receive from God the gift to see otherwise invisible angels, demons, and the Holy Spirit. Ignatius' views were influenced by John Cassian, Jacobus de Voragine, Ludolph of Saxony, and Thomas à Kempis. Ignatius' Rules are exegeted in dialogue with contemporary scholars Karl Rahner, Hugo Rahner, Piet Penning de Vries, Jules Toner, and Timothy Gallagher, and applied to one study of ecclesial ethics in the narrative theology of Samuel Wells. A four-step Ignatian pneumato-ethical method is developed, which any analyst can follow to see the spirits, by consolation/desolation, consent, manifestation, and pneumato-ethics. This method revolutionizes how we study ecclesiology, soteriology, missiology/world religions, liturgy, worship, Eucharist, hermeneutics, homiletics, pastoral counseling, church history, and politics. The spirits are not invisible at all. They can be clearly discerned through the lens of ecclesial ethics.
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Evangelism and Social Action

Uniting the Church to Heal a Lost and Broken World

Author: Ronald J. Sider

Publisher: OCMS

ISBN: 9780340575598

Category: Church and social problems

Page: 256

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The Future of the United Methodist Church

Seven Vision Pathways

Author: Scott J. Jones,Bruce R. Ough

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426702523

Category: Religion

Page: 121

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How can United Methodists fulfill their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world?
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The encyclopedia of Christianity

Author: Erwin Fahlbusch

Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 866

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The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Comprehensive, up to date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the EC describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history. The EC also looks outward beyond Christianity, considering other world religions and philosophies as it paints the overall religious and sociocultural picture in which the Christian church now finds itself in the new millennium. Volume 5 contains 295 articles constituting the alphabetical entries Si?Z ? articles on significant topics ranging from sin, Sufism, and terrorism to theology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Vatican I and II, the virgin birth, and Zionism.
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The Continuing Relevance of Wesleyan Theology

Essays in Honor of Laurence W. Wood

Author: Nathan Crawford

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876372

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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What does the Wesleyan message have to say to the greater theological world? This is a question that Laurence Wood has taken up as his concern throughout his career. In order to honor his work, this collection takes up this question through a series of essays designed to show how Wesleyan Theology, while distinctive, has a continued relevance to the wider world of theological scholarship. This collection does this in two ways. First, by showing how the Wesleyan distinctives have been present throughout the history of theology. And secondly, the collection brings the Wesleyan distinctives into conversation with various contemporary theological conversations, ranging from theological hermeneutics and the science-religion dialogue to the practice of preaching and spirituality. The result is a volume that puts Wesleyan theology into continued dialogue with the broader theological world, showing its vitality and importance for the contemporary situation.
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Every Member Evangelism for Today

An Updating of J. E. Conant's Classic Every Member Evangelism

Author: Roy J. Fish,J. E. Conant

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1606088440

Category: Religion

Page: 122

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Now a classic work in communication of the gospel to all people has been revised and updated to make it even more vital to contemporary needs. J. E. Conant's Every Member Evangelism remains a stirring call to arms to all Christians, a call back to the divine program given by Jesus to evangelize the world. It is a manual of arms as well, showing why and how every church can fully mobilize every member in the service of Christ and his message. In this revision, Roy J. Fish completely updates the language and substitutes new examples more in line with present-day experience. Conant's vision and fervor are intact. Just as Every Member Evangelism was the standard work for the growing church of an earlier day, this new version comes at a time when the need for it has never been greater.
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The Evangelistic Ministry

The Ministry of the Evangelists

Author: Godsword Godswill Onu

Publisher: Osmora Incorporated

ISBN: 2765910391

Category: Religion

Page: 249

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A Biblical and New Testament evangelist is someone who is called by God specially into the evangelistic ministry – the ministry of bringing sinners and unbelievers to repentance and Acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Evangelists have great passion and zeal for the souls of men; and to help them fulfil their ministry, God anoints them with special anointing to give proof to the Message of the Gospel that they preach. Evangelists have special gifting in the area(s) of the gifts of healings or/and working of miracles. This does not mean, however, that it is only evangelists that have (or can have) the gifts of healings and working of miracles. This book describes the ministry of the evangelists.
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The A to Z of Methodism

Author: Charles Yrigoyen,Susan E. Warrick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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The A to Z of Methodism offers more than 400 entries that describe the church founders, leaders, and other prominent figures who have made notable contributions to the church and society as a whole, as well as important events, doctrines, and activities. This book covers a denomination that plays an important role in the ecumenical movement through its many social and charitable activities in world affairs. In 2003, Methodists celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of their founder, John Wesley. Currently, more than 300 Methodist congregations are active in 140 nations worldwide. Many new and first-time entries for these regions are provided, and the impressive list of contributors includes more than 60 academics, administrators, pastors, and theologians. The A to Z of Methodism offers 15 pages of historical photographs of founding members and humanitarian efforts, along with an extensive bibliography of important books on the history and theological heritage of Methodism, plus a detailed list of important libraries and depositories of Methodist materials, especially in Great Britain and North America.
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John Wesley

A Preaching Life

Author: Micheal Pasquarello III

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426732066

Category: Religion

Page: 158

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That John Wesley was not a systematic theologian is a point frequently made. Yet if that be the case, what kind of theologian was he? To look at his literary output over the course of his long life and ministry is to recognize the central role that sermons played. Thus, claims Michael Paquarello, Wesley was a homiletical theologian, one for whom the Word preached was the core means of reflecting on and understanding the meaning of the Gospel. In this "preaching life" of Wesley Pasquarello places Wesley's sermons in the larger religious, political, and intellectual world of their eighteenth-century context. Neither a biography nor an intellectual history, it is a homiletic history, one that both uses the details of Wesley's milieu to build a framework for understanding his sermons, and that illumines the practical wisdom embodied in the content, form, and style of Wesley's preaching. John Wesley: A Preaching Life vividly portrays the centrality of Wesley's preaching to the religious revival that transformed eighteenth-century England.
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Good News and Good Works

A Theology for the Whole Gospel

Author: Ronald J. Sider

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1585583677

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Concerned to promote an authentic, biblical faith, this book suggests ways to combine evangelism with social action for effective witness in today's world.
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Like Your Neighbor?

Doing Everyday Evangelism on Common Ground

Author: Stephen Sorenson

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830832644

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Demonstrates that relationships with non-Christians can be balanced, authentic, and mutually beneficial; that while evangelism is important, so is simply connecting with neighbors and acquaintances, regardless of their religion. Original.
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The Story of Romans

A Narrative Defense of God's Righteousness

Author: A. Katherine Grieb

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 1611642183

Category: Religion

Page: 167

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A. Katherine Grieb insightfully traces the argument of Paul's letter to the Romans and shows how it is grounded in the story of God's faithfulness to Israel. She draws together a number of crucial insights: the narrative character of Paul's thought, the apocalyptic message of his gospel, the depth of his engagement with Israel's Scripture, and the practical and political impact of his theology. She demonstrates the letter's relevance today and invites contemporary readers to locate their own stories within Paul's account of God's righteousness. Informed by recent Pauline scholarship, this book will be useful to scholars, students, and pastors.
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How the Church Fails Businesspeople (And What Can Be Done About It)

Author: John C. Knapp

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802863698

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Why do so many Christians struggle to relate their faith to their daily work? In this book John C. Knapp argues that the church's ambiguous teachings about vocation, money, and business have long contributed to Christians' uncertainty about discipleship in the workplace. Drawing on his own expertise in business ethics and numerous interviews with Christians in diverse occupations, Knapp offers a new theological framework for Christian life in the world of business.
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