When You Share the Gospel with an Atheist

Dr. Matthew Burford has recently been published on the Website Radical.

“Evangelizing is not simply a matter of teaching and instructing and imparting information to the mind,’ said J.I. Packer, “Evangelizing includes the endeavor to elicit a response to the truth taught.” This quote gets to the heart of the complicated and often messy matter of gospel conversations. 

Our faith as Christians is bound up with deep and often mysterious longings, emotions, and thoughts. While Scripture charges us to be “evangelistic,” our efforts to communicate our faith are often met with stress and trepidation. We fear our evangelistic calling not only because we question our own rhetorical skills, but also because we all know intuitively that mere words lack the power to communicate the totality of our experience with God.