Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Witness and Discipleship

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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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687046140
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 527,698
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Scott J. Jones is the Resident Bishop of the Great Plains area of The United Methodist Church. He was formerly the McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University), where he taught courses in evangelism and Wesley studies. Previous books include The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor, Staying at the Table, and Wesley and the Quadrilateral (co-author), all published by Abingdon Press.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction: The Theological Study of Christian Evangelism 13
Ch. 1 God's Evangelistic Love 21
Ch. 2 Humanity's Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor 45
Ch. 3 The Logic of Discipleship 65
Ch. 4 Evangelism as Initiation into Christian Discipleship 99
Ch. 5 Evangelism as Necessarily Enculturated 121
Ch. 6 Evangelism and Ecclesiology 139
Ch. 7 Evangelism and Persons from Other Religions 159
App. A Systematic Approach to Congregational Evangelism 185
Notes 207
Selected Bibliography 217
Index 227
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