Posted by: sdunnpastor | November 4, 2010

“WHAT IS THE GOSPEL” 2011 School of Evangelism

The School of Evangelism will launch its 2011 program with a brand-new version of the its theology of evangelism core course now called “What is the Gospel?” This class will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Friendship Community Church of God in Dover PA. It will be taught by the School’s Director, Dr. Steve Dunn, Lead Pastor of the Church of God of Landisville. Although this is the School’s fifth year of operation, this is the first offering of this class in the School’s theology component.

Research shows that increasingly persons professing to be Christians actually do not operate by gospel as it is found in scripture.  And many churches have contributed to this by preaching a gospel that is more about morality or therapeutic concerns or performance-based religion than it is, to use Ed Stetzer’s description, about “a bloody cross and an empty tomb.”

Previous editions of this theology course have emphasized the biblical mandate for evangelism and explaining the transaction that occurs in the conversion process. These will be still be included, but the major emphasis will be on understanding the Gospel that we proclaim.

The course can be registered for by accessing the commission’s website at http://www.ercevangelism.com.  Cost is $25 per person. There will be a textbook available for an additional $5. The class runs from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on January 22, 2011. Registrations are being accepted now. The first five students to register will receive the textbook for free.

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Responses

  1. I’m glad to see the Evangelism School begin the next session with the a study of the Gospel. The Gospel is the most important truth of our faith, if the Gospel isn’t true nothing else really matters. Yet, the Gospel becomes distorted by “Social” and “Prosperous” Gospels and can lose it’s true meaning.
    In teaching a study of Colossians, in our Sunday School, I was surprised when I ask them group, “ What Is the Gospel”? The answer many gave was the Gospel is the “good news”. While I won’t deny that the Gospel is the good news, I was surprised by the lack of depth (the class was made up of people mostly over 50) the class showed. After discussing it for a few minutes, I gave them an assignment I to write down in their own words an answer to the question “What is the Gospel”. It was good to see their responses, after a week to think about it, were the true Biblical description of the Gospel.
    That’s why it is important in our worship, Sunday School, small groups, etc. continually remind people about the Gospel, so they are familiar with it so they will be better able to as 1 Peter 3:15 says, But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

  2. Dave … We will be exploring this both in the class and then with a new feature DEEPER EVANGELISM. This will be a blog available to persons, especially those who have taken the School of Evangelism theology class “What is the Gospel?” We will be sharing this very soon.


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