Category Archives for Evangelism

Evangelism Is Not A Spiritual Gift

April 11, 2017


By Matt Queen, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs

      Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared at theologicalmatters.com and is used by permission.

The 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz portrays the fantasy tale of Dorothy Gale’s journey to the Emerald City in order to inquire of its wizard the way home from Oz to Kansas. While on the yellow brick road to the city, she encounters and subsequently enlists a brainless Scarecrow, a hollow-chested Tin Man, and a cowardly Lion. In addition to Dorothy’s wish to go home, the Scarecrow desires a thinking brain; the Tin Man, a beating heart; and the Lion, ferocious courage. Continue reading

Do You Need and Desire Revival?

March 9, 2017

By Tommy Kiker
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at theological matters and is used by permission.

We are living in a time of spiritual and political unrest. As believers, we should be comforted by the reality that we serve a sovereign God and resurrected Savior. It seems that there are many even within the church who are in a continual state of fear and anxiousness or anger and bitterness. I am convinced that we should be crying out passionately for revival, but it often seems we care more about trying to win arguments on Twitter. Continue reading

Stories of Evangelism in the Early Church

February 17, 2017

By: Stephen Presley, Associate Professor of Church History and Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared at Theological Matters and is used by permission.

The early church was an evangelistic church. From the least to the greatest, early Christians were serious about the regular proclamation of the Gospel. In the words of Michael Green, the early church believed that evangelism was “the prerogative and duty of every church member.” [1] This included apostles, nobles, paupers, philosophers, soldiers, business leaders, and even a few fishermen. Continue reading