Presentation on theme: "Evangelism Methods of New Testament Churches: Limited but Effective!"— Presentation transcript:
Evangelism Methods of New Testament Churches: Limited but Effective!
Attractions in 1 st Century Greco-Roman Culture Facilities for recreation (Acts 19:29; 28:15)
Theaters, baths & games Attractions in 1 st Century Greco- Roman Culture
Social Welfare Attractions in 1 st Century Greco- Roman Culture “Ancient Rome was the wellspring for many modern government programs, including measures that subsidized food, education and other expenses for the needy. These entitlement programs date back to 122 B.C., when… Rome’s government [began] to supply its citizens with allotments of cheaply priced grain. This early form of welfare continued under Trajan, who implemented a program known as “alimenta” to help feed, clothe and educate orphans and poor children. Other items including corn, oil, wine, bread and pork were eventually added to the list of price-controlled goods…These generous handouts helped Roman emperors win favor with the public, but some historians have argued that they also contributed to Rome’s economic decline.” (History.com)
Holidays and Festivals Attractions in 1 st Century Greco-Roman Culture
Evangelism Methods of New Testament Churches Were culturally limited: No recreational facilities built with church funds No church-sponsored drama productions No church-sponsored recreation or sports No church-sponsored welfare for the general public (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32, 34-35; 11:28-30; Romans 15:26; 1 Corinthian 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9) No church-sponsored banquets (1 Corinthians 11:34)
Evangelism Methods of New Testament Churches Emphasized sharing the gospel and personal example In Jerusalem (Acts 4:31; 5:42) In Antioch (Acts 11:19-20; 22-23) In Thessalonica (Acts 17:2-3; 1 Thess. 1:7)
Evangelism Methods of New Testament Churches Were VERY EFFECTIVE!!! In Jerusalem (Acts 5:14; 6:1) In Antioch (Acts 11:21, 24, 26) In Thessalonica (Acts 17:4) Let us “shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…” (Philippians 2:15-16)
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