The authors, Dave Earley and Dave Wheeler are employed at Liberty University and Seminary where they equip the next generation of church leaders and planters. Their desire for Evangelism Is… is to equip, empower, and encourage people to share Jesus with passion and confidence through 40 stand-alone articles designed for daily devotional usage.
2. About the Author
Author Dave Earley’s ministry focuses on equipping leader and church planters to make an impact upon those whom they lead. Earley and his wife, Cathy, planted a church of 12 people in their basement in Columbus, Ohio; the church grew to almost 2,000 in attendance. His practical approach to ministry and his passion for equipping leaders allowed him to author books such …show more content…
Throughout the book, Earley depicts evangelism through relationships of utmost importance in the Christian life. Jesus often devoted time to those who disagree with him and lived a lifestyle contrary to his. Yes, Jesus loves sinners and is their friend, as evidenced by Luke 15:1-2. Earley illustrates that living an evangelistic lifestyle is not about following protocol, but loving people (including drug addicts, alcoholics, and criminals). And a part of loving people is empathizing with them and spending time with them. As Rebecca Manley Pippert says, “Our message is not that we have it all together. Our message is that we know the one who does.” Therefore, evangelism is displaying love for those whom Jesus loves, identifying with them, and pursuing them with the gospel. Furthermore, one’s message and ministry to the lost is not that which has the power to save them. Author Dave Wheeler states, “Not enough can be said about the supreme importance of the Holy Spirit on convincing and convicting the lost person of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Unless this work occurs, a nonbeliever does not, cannot experience salvation” (p. 152) Thus the Holy Spirit convicts and convinces sinners of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to draw sinners to Christ. The evangelist’s role is to simply tell of how to be