…we start by understanding that biblical evangelism is teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade.

…We need to replace evangelistic programs with a culture of evangelism. …A healthy church with a culture of evangelism is the key to great evangelism. Jesus did not forget the gospel when He built His church; in fact, a healthy church is meant to display the gospel.

Evangelism is undergirded by love and unity. Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). In that same discourse, He prayed that His disciples would be unified “so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20–21). Jesus says the love we have for one another in the church is evidence that we are truly converted. And when we are unified in the church, we show the world that Jesus is the Son of God. Love confirms our discipleship, and unity confirms Christ’s deity. What a powerful witness!

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J. Mack Stiles is a pastor of a church in Iraq. He used to work as CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger and Speaking of Jesus.