An alternative model for successful evangelism in North America
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This thesis has as its focus the examination of the question of what it means for the church in North America to be involved in "successful" evangelism. It seeks to maintain that how one defines evangelism, the goal(s) for evangelism, the gospel, conversion, the church, and the kingdom of God will have significant influence on the way one determines what constitutes "successful" evangelism.
Part I presents and investigative, historical analysis of the National Evangelistic Association and the religious roots from which this organization has emerged. The purpose of this analysis is to demonstrate how the NEA and its periodical "Net Results" presents one possible answer to the question of "successful" evangelism, one that is accepted by a number of Christians and churches in North America.
Part II seeks to assess the response provided by the NEA to the question of "successful" evangelism in the light of some Biblical and theological research. The specific focus of the research that will be presented will be on the themes of evangelism, the goal(s) for evangelism, the gospel, conversion, the church, and the kingdom of God.
Part III builds on the Biblical and theological assessment provided in Part II and seeks to offer an alternative, constructive proposal regarding "successful" evangelism that is faithful to the "gospel in Jesus Christ" and the kingdom he introduced to this world.