Evangelism, Edification, Benevolence

Evangelism

  • What is it? – Preaching & teaching the gospel to the lost
  • By individuals – 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 8:4; 9:19
  • By the local church – 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; Acts 13:3
  • Perverting the NT work – Evangelistic organizations, social gospel

Edification

  • What is it? – Building up and strengthening Christians in the faith
  • By individuals – Hebrews 3:12-13; 2 Peter 1:12-13
  • By the local church – Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 4:11-16
  • Perverting the NT work – Defining edification as a feeling or mere association

Benevolence

  • What is it? – Providing help to those who are in need
  • By individuals – Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 4:28; James 1:27
  • By the local church – Acts 4:32-35; 11:29-30; 1 Timothy 5:16
  • Perverting the NT work – Building church buildings for poorer Christians

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