Evangelism and the Christian Life – EVAN 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/09/2022

Course Description

An in-depth study of how to lead people to Christ. Special attention will be given to the theology of all aspects of evangelism including the follow-up. Various methods of approach and presentation will be considered. Emphasis will be placed on evangelism and the local church for conservation of results.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course was designed in obedience to the biblical mandate supported by Liberty University to evangelize the lost. Its purpose is to train the student to evangelize and to equip others for evangelism in today’s culture, a skill especially needed by the student studying for a vocation in church and para-church ministries.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the biblical basis for evangelism.
  2. Articulate the role that cultural awareness plays in personal evangelism.
  3. Identify which evangelistic methods and strategies best suit certain cultural beliefs or global perspectives.
  4. Relate the gospel narrative and God's redemptive plan to the Christian life and the call to personal evangelism.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Civic and Global Engagement (CGE):

Primary FSLOs

  1. Civic and Global Engagement 1: Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing the cultural, political, economic, and industrial implications.
  2. Civic and Global Engagement 2: Relate government and/or culture to various aspects of life.
  3. Civic and Global Engagement 3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.
  4. Civic and Global Engagement 4: Describe the impact of a person’s global perspective on evangelism and cross-cultural engagement.
  5. Civic and Global Engagement 5: Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.

Secondary FSLOs

  1. Critical Thinking 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
  2. Social and Scientific Inquiry 2: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of human behavior within various social structures.
  3. Christianity and Contexts 1: Relate the problem of sin in creation and the redemptive work of Christ, as described in the overarching narrative of Scripture, to various aspects of life and professional disciplines.
  4. Christianity and Contexts 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth.
  5. Christianity and Contexts 4: Articulate how faith in Christ and the theological worldview of Scripture shape one’s purpose for pursuing education, employment, relationships, and socio-cultural engagement, relating these pursuits to the redemptive work of God.
  6. Communication and Information Literacy 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences where the student creates a five-part thread in response to the provided prompt and interacts with classmates’ answers. A student is expected to reference applicable readings, presentations, and notes in the discussion threads and replies. In addition, the student should use the Bible as a source.

(MLOs: A, C, D; FSLOs:CC3, CC4, CT3, SSI2, CGE3, CGE4)

God's Story Paper Assignment

The student will share how his/her story intersects with God's Story. This paper can be completed by believers and unbelievers. The paper will consist of the following sections:

  1. Identifying a Sinful Nature
  2. Accepting or Rejecting the Redemptive Work of Christ
  3. Living Spiritually

The paper will be 500–750 words. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course.  (MLOs: A, D FSLOs: CC1, CC3, CGE1, CGE2, CGE3, CGE4, CGE5, CIL5)

Sharing the Gospel Paper Assignment

The student will write a 750–1200-word paper describing a time this term he or she shared the Gospel. The assignment has two parts:

  1. Preparing to Share the Gospel.
  2. Sharing the Gospel

Partial credit may be given for only completing one half of the assignment.

(MLOs: B, C; FSLOs: CC1, CC3, CC4, CGE3, CGE4, CIL5, CT3, SSI2)

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 open-book/open-notes tests in this course. Quizzes: Introduction, God's Story, and Personal Evangelism will cover the Learn material presented within the assigned Modules: Weeks leading up to the test. Each quiz will consist of randomized multiple-choice and true/false questions, and Quizzes: Introduction, God's Story, and Personal Evangelism will contain an essay question. Each quiz must be completed within a 60-minute time limit. Quiz: Final will be open-book/open-notes and will be cumulative without an essay question; this test has double the points and must be completed within a 2-hour time limit. Study guides are provided to assist the student in preparing for these quizzes. Use all three study guides to prepare for the final.

(MLOs: A, B, C, D; FSLOs: CC1, CC3, CC4, CGE1, CGE2, CGE3, CGE4, CGE5)