“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11a NASB).
“And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks”
(Acts 18:4 NASB).
“And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God” (Acts 19:8 NASB).
“Agrippa replied to Paul, ‘In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian'” (Acts 26:28 NASB).
Persuasion gets a bad rap, especially when it comes to evangelism.
Sure, we all know those types who take it too far. We’ve all felt that holy cringe when we’ve seen pointed fingers and heard “repent” reverberating from a bullhorn on the street corner. But I think we can all agree that this style of “evangelism” is more coercion than it is persuasion.
The English word for “persuasion” smacks of the used car salesman stereotype of evangelism that asks “What can I do to get you to buy into Christianity today?” to a hurried, harried, and harassed customer. But the biblical Greek word for evangelism (“peitho“) is a whole different story.
Peitho means “to gently win someone over, to lovingly convince, to…Continue Reading