Are there valid and biblical reasons to differentiate evangelism and discipleship? Try this one on for size. It could be argued that there are over 20 “Gospel Presentations” in the book of Acts alone. Some of the better known are in Acts 2, Peter’s first sermon, Acts 17, Paul’s message on Mars Hill, Acts 10, Peter’s conversation with Cornelius, etc. What’s missing in these presentations?
Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20
It’s a given then, that one of the major components of discipleship is to “teach them to obey all that Jesus commanded.”
This “teaching them to obey of all that Jesus commanded,” also seems to be glaringly absent in these presentations. It could be argued then, that in proclaiming the Gospel, (Evangelism) there is different purpose and a different subset of data than that of Discipleship. Is Discipleship the “Fruit on the Bottom” of Yogurt Evangelism? A few questions:
Is this a valid argument to separate or differentiate Evangelism & Discipleship?
Do we see any examples in Scripture where Evangelism and Discipleship occur simultaneously?
If this is an unnecessary dichotomy, why do you think so?