Is it always better to build a relationship before sharing the gospel?


What does 9Marks think about “contact evangelism”?


Contact evangelism is often dismissed as pushy and ineffective, particularly in our postmodern era. It’s said that evangelism should always occur in the context of a relationship. What do we say?

Must you call for a decision in evangelism?


The Bible tells us that God the Father, Jesus and Paul call for decisions. So should we. 

What is the relationship between apologetics and evangelism?

Difference 1: Evangelism is telling others the gospel. Apologetics is defending the truth of the Christian faith. Difference 2: Apologetics addresses everything from the existence of God to the reliability of the Old and New Testaments. In contrast, evangelism is telling one specific message: the good news about what Jesus Christ has done in order to save sinners.

What is the danger of altar calls?

The altar call confuses “coming forward” with coming to Christ. In order to be saved, people must repent of their sins and believe in Christ, which has nothing to do with walking down an aisle.

How hard should we push the gospel message in our evangelism?


The gospel is not an easy message. It confronts people as sinners facing the judgment of God. It calls them to repent of their sins and submit to Christ as Lord. It’s understandable that our hearers will put up some resistance. So how hard should we push?

Who should evangelize?


While some might want to leave evangelism to the preachers, apologetic experts, or maybe just to the extroverts generally, the New Testament asserts that all Christians should evangelize:  

What are several practices Christians commonly mistake for evangelism?

Personal testimony. Talking about what God has done in your life may encourage Christians and intrigue non-Christians, but it isn’t necessarily evangelism. Evangelism is telling what Jesus Christ has done to save every sinner who will ever turn from his sin and trust in Jesus.

What is evangelism?


Evangelism is telling others the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to save sinners. In order to do this you must tell others that:

Why is meaningful membership important for evangelism?


Meaningful membership is important because the church is God’s evangelism plan for the world. A church is like a radio transmitter, sending out messages about God twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Why is sound doctrine essential for evangelism and missions?


Sound doctrine is essential for evangelism and missions because…

Book Review: The Heart of Evangelism, by Jerram Barrs

Review by Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Young Pastors | 03.03.2010

This book is a challenge for Christians to thoughtfully, humbly, and graciously engage non-Christians as they seek to share the gospel with the

Book Review: Let the Nations Be Glad!, by John Piper

Review by Robin Weekes | 9Marks Journal: Missions | 03.02.2010

This remains both the best antidote to a man-centred approach to missions and the best challenge to the Reformed community to have a heart for global evangelism.

Book Review: Jesus the Evangelist, by Richard Phillips

Review by Byron Straughn | 9Marks Journal: Young Pastors | 03.02.2010

Jesus the Evangelist is worth reading and recommending to others. Let me tell you why.

Book Review: An Introduction to the Science of Missions, by John Herman Bavinck

Review by Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Missions | 03.02.2010

“Answers can be given solely on the basis of Scripture.” That is what sets this book apart from so many modern books on missions.