New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Transforming Evangelism

The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith

Henry H. Knight III, F. Douglas Powe Jr. • October 2006

BUY Print $14.00

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $9.99

Because of the more aggressive and confrontational tactics we hear about, evangelism has developed a bad connotation. Doors are shut hurriedly, phone calls end abruptly, and e-mails left unanswered.

After all, isn't this a task better handled by the pastor?

Perhaps it's time to reexamine John Wesley's model of evangelism as a full, natural circle—where it's a communal beginning point rather than a solitary end.

The central motive of authentic evangelism is: Having received a message that's made all the difference in our lives, we desire to share that message with others in the hope that it will transform their lives as well. Wesley models an evangelism that reaches out and welcomes, invites, and nurtures, and speaks to both head and heart.

"Evangelism is about relationship," the authors write. "How we are in relationship to God, who is able to transform us into new beings. How we are in relationship to our neighbor, whom we must love like ourselves."

As one reviewer says, "Knight and Powe have given us a relational book. They describe the deep connection between John Wesley's thoughts, Charles Wesley's hymns, scholarly thinking about evangelism and biblical understandings of the gospel—all in relation to the needs, concerns, and hopes of everyday people."

Learn on your own or as a congregational group from this practical study on living an evangelistic life that demonstrates the transforming power of loving God and neighbor.

Lead in Evangelism by Henry Knight III and F. Douglas Powe, the Leader's Guide is also available here.

Henry H. Knight III teaches Wesleyan studies at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.

F. Douglas Powe Jr. is assistant professor of evangelism at St. Paul School of Theology. Previously, he taught at Spelman College in Atlanta while serving as director of Christian Education at Central United Methodist Church.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-485-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-88177-923-3

EPub ISBN: 978-0-88177-924-0

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: October 2006

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x 0.229 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Evangelism

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