Evangelicalism is a segment of Christian Protestantism with historic roots in the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century. Evangelicals are distinguished by their emphasis on: (1) the centrality and sufficiency of the Scriptures apart from institutional authorities, (2) the importance of having a personal relationship with God, (3) the mandate to share one’s faith and proclaim the gospel to all people, and (4) the work of the Holy Spirit to convict one of sin and bring about a decisive moment of “conversion” in one’s life. The word “evangelical” stems from the Greek euangelion, which means “gospel” or “good news.”

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