The Greening of Evangelism

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Abstract

For the first 1700 years of the church's life a person became a Christian through baptism. It is only in the last two hundred years that evangelism created an alternative understanding that it was by conversion that a person became a Christian. Conversion focusses on the individual relationship between God and the believer, thereby internalising the Christian experience. The results of New Testament scholarship however focus on the importance of the person entering into the "Kingdom of God" in which they become part of the church, caught up in God's mission to the world, involved with the issues of others as well as the personal, the sustainability of the creation as much as a call for justice. This Greening of Evangelism flows from the emphasis on the purposes of God rather than a focus on the needs of the individual.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-38
Number of pages21
JournalUniting Church Studies
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

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