The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor  A Theology of Witness and Discipleship  -     By: Scott J. Jones
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The 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 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 (United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center) 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. Because in Jesus God took on all of what it means to be human, 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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0687046149
ISBN-13: 9780687046140
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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.

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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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