The Journey of Evangelism

Philip R. Meadows

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Journey of Evangelism

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This article begins with a brief review of three paradigms of evangelism – the soteriological paradigm, missiological paradigm, and Wesleyan paradigm – and the issues surrounding them. The benefit of laying out these issues paradigmatically is that it can help clarify the internal logic of two broad directions in the theology of evangelism. The danger, however, is that the distinctions between them may become overdrawn, and the paradigms seen as closed alternatives rather than mutually correcting perspectives. This article argues that the history of early Methodism and the tradition of Wesleyan theology can provide a resource for a more holistic undertaking. It explores the hypothesis that Wesley does not make conversion or discipleship the ultimate end of evangelism but communion with the triune God, and that this reality can integrate and transform insights from both the soteriological and missiological paradigms.

Keywords: Methodism; Methodists; Wesleyan theology; soteriological paradigm; missiological paradigm; Wesleyan paradigm

Article.  8043 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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