Premier Drive teamed up with Evangelical Alliance directors Gavin Calver and Dr Dave Landrum to tackle some of the biggest questions on evangelism – has the Church lost its way or has it simply just lost touch with how things should be done?

[Announcer] Premier Drive with Loretta
Is gospel proclamation still relevant seeing as coming to faith is now more of a journey than a moment
Certainly it's still relevant
Coming to faith is a collection of moments
Some may describe that as a journey but it's a collection of moments
We live in an instant culture
When I was growing up the most successful shop at the end of the road was the TV repair shop
Now even if your TV is 3D, HD, slimline and it breaks, you take it to the dump
We live in a world where you give up on stuff when it doesn't work
My mum used to have a load of zips on a hanger for if your zip broke on your trousers, she'd sew a new one on
Who under 70 does that now
You know, we live in a world where we give up on things quickly, and it used to take one or two moments maybe to come to faith
Perhaps now it takes six or seven for people
Six or seven decisions that are all positive"
Therefore we need to give six or seven times as many opportunities to come to Jesus in order to get the same fruit
People often say as well, "Proclamation evangelism, That's Billy Graham ranting on a platform somewhere
You know what, there is still a massive space for platform ministry leading people to Jesus
Coming to Jesus is a selection of encounters
People will bring you from being negative to being a bit warmer, to being just about ready
Some of us operate in the area where we can reap the work of many others
you still need that moment, that carol service, that Easter thing
In the last six months, I've seen more people come to faith on platforms than I can remember
Speaking to my friends who are proclamation evangelists, they're saying the same
Aslan is on the move, things are happening"
However, we'll only get a few from the platforms
If the church is going to really transform this nation, "We are gathered to be scattered
And as we're scattered, we each have to take on what it means to share our faith in that context
Proclamation evangelism is not just with a microphone
It is proclaiming with your mouth whose you are
We need to have people doing that
And the most powerful thing we all have is our story
So, my story, you know, I grew up in South London
I love football
I love running
I love all kinds of
I've got ways of connecting with people
Then, with the guys I play football with on a Thursday night, with those guys, they like me, because we like the same things
God is suddenly more accessible because God's invaded my story, and my story connects to their story
But I need to be sharing with them something of Jesus on the one
to
one, as we're hanging out and things
Every person has a story
We need to release people to share their story, engage with others, and bring the God piece of their story into the equation too
Because suddenly God seems accessible: if I'm OK, and you're OK, and I love Jesus, suddenly Christianity's not weird
It's really weird when it seems abstract, and we allow the Daily Mail and others to tell people what Christian are like
Christians need to get in amongst people, be interesting, have hobbies, come off some of those rotors you're on all the time
the flowers can look after themselves
Get a hobby that involves hanging out with those who don't know Jesus
Spend time with them, and share something of His love, and how He has changed you
Proclamation evangelism is one
to
one
it's also one
to
thousands
Thank you very much Gavin
Dave, right at the beginning of these sessions I spoke to you about the fact of whether we are all called to evangelism, which you said a resounding yes, you've both said that very clearly over these sessions
And I guess, when it was, if you like, given a term of "friendship evangelism" in more recent years, that made many people who felt, "You know what, I can't speak in front of people, It would terrify me to stand up in front of people" or "I don't have that, that gifting or anointing" thinking, "I can do this"
I can do that
I can speak to the one mum I've befriended in the coffee shop
So how important is it for those who perhaps feel even that they don't have the boldness of someone who's clearly a gifted speaker like Gavin here
What would you say to those
Well like we said earlier, I think evangelism, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ for salvation, is the greatest act of love one person, one human can do for another
And it's got to come from love
Love is what should compel this gospel engagement with people, with the lost
And that means building relationships
I heard a great sermon that helped me with this many years ago, about personal evangelism, and it was a sort of three stage thing
The first stage was, take an interest in someone's life
Just take an interest in what they're doing in their lives
Then, ask God what you should say + what you shouldn't say
And then say it
Hmm
Or, you know, do what God
So, but we often don't pray into people's lives and you know, sometimes we can be compelled, be moved by things that aren't love
For me, my own story, you know, salvation, I hear this word "journey" all the time and I get what it's about, but sometimes it can be a bit of a cop
out
There's got to be a point, a point at which you make a decision for Christ
There's got to be a spiritual exchange that goes on
You've got to do business with God and for me, it's a point on a process
There was a process up to a point, and there was a process after the point
And Paul talks about this in the Bible, about salvation coming to people where they are, where they're making a decision
But then sanctification, you know, that whole process of growing in Christ, going on as we learn more and more about Jesus, we grow in our knowledge of Christ, and also for evangelism we grow as we give
I mean, we really forget this
This is a principle in Philippians: you can't hold this stuff, this good news to yourself if you want to grow in God
you've got to release it to others
And it's a very fluid thing, isn't it, the gospel, but, and so is the kingdom
So, you know, I would say it's a point, it's a process, but it's got to start with love
We've got to love people