ABWE International’s website prefaces as a group of people who seek to reach people for Christ at Sporting events like the Summer Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. The organization further notes that they take teams to these events and assist them in spreading the gospel. Sports event evangelism seems to be a little too commercialized for my taste. Additionally, the website dedicates only one page to “Sports Event Evangelism” the home or landing page.
They have an opportunity link but there are no sports-related positions advertised. Lastly, those positions are in Asia. Oh, the landing page also asks for money. It is almost as though the “Sport event evangelism was an afterthought?” There appear to be more negatives than positives to evangelizing in this manner since the evangelizing seems to take place in another country rather than at home and abroad. https://www.abwe.org/work/projects/sports-event-evangelism
Street Preaching Evangelism.
Miano (2020) wrote” Street preaching is as old as the Bible itself. Street preaching has never been popular either inside or outside the church. Open-air preaching and street evangelism have never been culturally relevant or socially acceptable.” Miano says street preaching is biblical. His claim does not seem far-fetched at all since Jesus himself as well as his disciples took to the streets to preach the Gospel. Street preaching is also called open-air preaching. Street preaching can be described as a public proclamation of a religious message.
Open-air preaching/street preaching is not for the spiritually faint at heart. Street preachers must be bold about their belief in God, speak in authority, in a voice more powerful than one used in general conversation. Basically, street preaching is passionately proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in public, which may be the most difficult style of evangelizing religious message. There are many examples of street preaching in both the Bible.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.” Psalm 66:16
Servant evangelism sounds like something that we not only imagine Jesus doing but can also confirm the image in the Bible. While servant evangelism clearly depicts an image of someone helping another, it also provokes us to consider qualities necessary to become an evangelist.
At the same time, many new approaches to evangelism have surfaced but servant evangelism began in the early church. To engage in servant evangelism, one need not be famous, popular or rich, he or she need only be a Christian. A homeless person can be an evangelizing servant.
Perhaps the best way to determine whether an evangelism approach is effective and acceptable is to compare the technique to of Jesus those coupled with appropriate Scripture. “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” 1 Timothy 4: 13 Sometimes we make situations more difficult than they are. No evangelism approach is acceptable if the motive is impure or deficient. It appears some evangelism approaches clearly do not measure up to what Jesus expects. As supplemental approaches perhaps they would be fine but not as stand-alone evangelistic methods for leading souls to Christ.
Event evangelism certainly does not seem to rise to the occasion on its own merit. And, for many new-era evangelism movements or programs making money resonates as the main motivator. The idea of evangelizing for profit is worse than preaching for profit. Street evangelizing, lifestyle and servant evangelism approaches appear to be legitimate, even if not perfect. They seek to go beyond the convenience of evangelizing within a restricted circle.
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