Evangelism in the Early Church
Lessons from the First Christians for the Church Today
Studying the New Testament and church fathers, Green explores the earliest methods, motives, and strategies of spreading the good news. He also considers the obstacles to evangelism, using outreach to Gentiles and to Jews as examples of differing contexts for proclamation. Thoroughly informed by primary sources, this book will help contemporary readers learn from the past and renew their own evangelistic vision.
Table of Contents
1. Pathways for Evangelism
2. Obstacles to Evangelism
3. The Evangel
4. Evangelizing the Jews
5. Evangelizing the Gentiles
7. The Evangelists
8. Evangelistic Motives
9. Evangelistic Methods
10. Evangelistic Strategy
Select Subject Index
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"This book should be studied carefully by every Christian who is concerned about our lack of evangelistic power today."
"Vivid historical imagination and literary verve characterize Green's handling of a multitude of scholarly details. . . A capable and broadly based historical study of a subject that obviously has the greatest degree of relevance for the survival of the church today."
"It's rare to find an author who, like this one, can state his purposes clearly and then accomplish them with equal clarity. . . Evangelism in the Early Church is meaty as well as lively and interesting."
"Green's book is a good contribution because it is readable, comprehensive but disciplined in scope, and because it makes extensive and representative use of primary sources."
—Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"A stimulating and insightful book on evangelism."
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