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Is Lifestyle Evangelism Effective

A friend says, "There is a great enemy of soul-winning called lifestyle evangelism. It is the belief that a Christian does not need to go soul-winning, just as long as he lets his light shine (a lifestyle) so others will come to him and want what he has." I agree. Do you?

Moderator - I believe lifestyle evangelism is moderately effective compared to evangelism. However, 95% of Christians will never move beyond it to direct evangelism.

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For lifestyles do change. Serving God Is a way of life & Not to be swayed by phony sooth saying evangelist or other.
---Lawrence on 7/26/10

Yes it is a great way to start. It is a must in fact. The people to ask whenever you want to know if something is sin or ungodly are NONCHRISTIANS. ha. They know and are watching. Living a godly lifestyle opens the door for conversation about Jesus Christ. One can also engage in street enangelism or other types but lifestyle is a MUST>
---jody_martin on 9/13/07

Rowene - I started the same way - I was on msnbc news blogging WOW - the venemous atheists come out of the woodwork. If you have the heart for it - I'd like to see some people that are incapacitated do it. It can be very edifying.
And you know they are uglier on CN

I have been doing life-style E. for years and I used to see at least one friend/relative a year come to the Lord. I'm not happy with that anymore and want to go out and do it. Mima is inspiring me!
---Andrea on 9/12/07

Many worldly and immature Chrisitans directly spray their Christianity into everyone else's faces.

This leaves others with a bad taste in their mouths, thinking "If this is what it means to be a Christian, I want no part of it!"

This puts us in the unenviable position of driving people away from God:

Romans 2:24
"For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written."
---StrongAxe on 9/12/07

We must always remember:

Matthew 5:16
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Only when people respect us will they listen to us and take us seriously.
---StrongAxe on 9/12/07

I have been using Yahoo 360 under the screen name of Darkhorse2055 to witness for Jesus by blogging on my thoughts and what He has been teaching me in the hope it will help others.
---Rowene on 9/12/07

We have been given the Great Commission which we are to obey. By the same token if people know you more than two weeks and they say to you, "I did not know you are a Christian." You have some serious repenting to do. You should do and be both.
---denna7667 on 9/11/07

Well, I would love to see some laws past in America and before I die too, Making it illegal to arrest any of God's people for witnessing out in public. My goodness, unbelievers can worship their idols without fear of an arrest. Why is it that they have more rights than God's people? Afterall, God owns this world. I asked God one night, "is it illegal in this country to obey you". And He said, "only if you condone it." I wish Satan would take a hike.
---catherine on 9/9/07

I would love to know what the federal Government is doing to stop God's preachers from being arrested when we are out on the streets preaching? The bad guys are arresting the good guys. I say start some law suits.
---catherine on 9/7/07

"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people ... " (Ephesians 4:11,12)

We all have our own place in the Body of Christ. What would the evanglist do without the intercessors who pray the people in? Or without the pastors and teachers of the Word who disciple and train up the new Christians?

The whole body is held together as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)
---DoryLory on 8/21/07

Mima: You sure do like to show off your evangelistic fervor and put down those of us who don't do things your way, don't you?
---Trish9863 on 8/18/07

I don't see how living a Godly lifestyle could hurt Gods cause. We do need seed sowers. I'm not sure if these individuals talk about God and Jesus at opportune times or not which would be a great thing. They say that only 7% of people who say that they are Christian actually do any work for God. So it is not surprising that this "lifestyle evangelism" is cropping up. But I do not see it as an enemy of evangelism in any way.
---jody on 8/18/07

It depends on what you mean by life style evangelism, most people think that if you have a Mansion, three new cars, and a pent house that you are are a great witness to the World.

When I turn to the NT I see the witnesses like Paul, James, John, and peter evangelizing through life Style and there testimony I stop and wonder were did we go wrong. I believe an order to be an effective witness we gotta have both.
---Marcia on 8/18/07

It is kind of a moot question bc of the way its posed.

Go beyond- ie do lifestyle evangelism - I actively evangelize those I'm around - do not believe your faith is just your business its His business.

Ask people to church - I have knocked on doors and done phone evangelism - they were not effective.

Although I am considering something in my neighborhood - like a fellowship picnic with someone to speak.
---Andrea on 8/18/07

mima, the early church had its preachers and its layman.just as it has your life in cbidience and submission is the greatest witness to the world you can give.not everyone can or will talk about jesus openly.but we should be ready to tell why we believe if asked.I PERSONALLY GET EXCITED WHEN WITNESSING but many people are timid.
---tom2 on 8/18/07

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