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Change the Way We Do Evangelism in North America?

Eighty-two percent of Americans surveyed believe the statement “God helps those who help themselves” is a Bible verse. Sixty percent cannot name five of the Ten Commandments. And 12% believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. Over half of the graduating high school seniors surveyed believe that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife. And we can be sure that these survey results will be even more distressing five years from now! 

Three Greek Verbs Define “Good Soil” Evangelism and Discipleship

​The “parable of the sower” might be better called “the parable of the soils.” After all, the different qualities of the soils are the focus of the parable. A wide variety of opinions are held regarding the four types of soil in the parable. For example: Do they all represent true believers? Or, do some of the soils represent true believers and others represent unbelievers? Nothing in the texts or the contexts answers those questions definitively. But one point of interpretation is beyond dispute—the “good soil” certainly represents a true fruit-bearing believer in and follower of Jesus Christ. But, how do we do evangelism and discipleship in a way that produces “Good Soil believers”? 

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