Losing Yourself for the Sake of the Gospel: Witness in the Early Church and Implications for Evangelism in Spain Today


  • Deborah Galyen Assemblies of God World Missions


This article analyzes Jesus’s call to self-denial for the sake of the gospel in Mark 8:34-38 as a potential paradigm for witness in Spain and other post-Christian societies. The article traces the theme of self-surrender/self-denial throughout the biblical narrative, showing that it is a necessary part of repentance and turning toward God in faith. Examples of how the early believers embraced this call provide implications for evangelism among Spaniards and other secular societies today. The author has served with the Assemblies of God World Missions in Spain since 2008 and is a PhD candidate at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. 

Author Biography

Deborah Galyen, Assemblies of God World Missions

Church-planter in Spain; Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, PhD candidate