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Key PerspectiveAbout Evangelism Remember that our problems in Evangelism our not one of methodology, but one of maturity! ...
My Family                    2011 Jul       EVANGELISM
Geisler family and Us        EVANGELISM
Overview•   The Challenges of Evangelism today•   Introduction to Conversational Evangelism•   Listening and Illuminating•...
The Challenges of Evangelism today• All religious beliefs are the same, why  Christianity?• Christians are arrogant and in...
The Challenges of Evangelism Today         EVANGELISM
How to be an effective witness nowadays?In order to be more effective, we have tounderstand what is going on in ourculture...
All views are true and the same!              ?     ?          ?             ?Since all views are true,it does not matter ...
Examples of Pluralism              A house in Taiwan        EVANGELISM
Examples of Pluralism   An auntie wears this in   The same auntie wears   church                    this outside          ...
Analogy of Pluralism        EVANGELISM
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It is one thing for six blind men to conclude six differentthings. But how about someone who can see!                EVANG...
Pluralism is also affecting how Christians think…“About one out of four(26%) born again Christiansbelieve that it doesn‟tm...
Becoming less certain...57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believemany religions can lead to eternal lif...
Postmodernism• Characteristics:  – Moral Relativism: There is no absolute right or    wrong. Everything is relative.  – Co...
Moral Relativism  “…Modernist would argue in various  ways that Christianity is not  true….Today the most common critique ...
Moral Relativism: Problems “It is hard to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to people who believe that, since morality is r...
Moral Relativism in campuses“Many students dont think that there is a standard of rightand wrong. Rather, they believe tha...
Moral Relativism in campuses  “I find that Im shaken. Not in terms of my faith  but in terms of how to answer such questio...
Construction/DeconstructionThe DaVinci Code is an example of postmoderninfluences on society.                 • The heart ...
Reconstructing the Biblical Story of Jesus               • Jesus never claimed to be God.               • Jesus and Mary M...
Postmodernism in pop-culture• The Matrix Trilogy• Avatar• Source code           EVANGELISM
This Explains Why Many AreQuestioning The Biblical Story of Jesus                 The DaVinci Code             The Lost Go...
What’s the big deal when peoplequestion the biblical story of Jesus?   “And if Christ has not been raised,   our preaching...
Post ModernismThe World we Live In• Rejection of moral absolutes• The skepticism of our society• An indifference towards  ...
There is an intolerance towardsthose who say there is a bridgethey must cross!             EVANGELISM
The Bible also talks aboutPostmodernism 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doct...
Key Question How can we do more effective evangelism in this kind of world?EVANGELISM
Imagine…• Imagine you participated in your church’s  short-term mission trip, you are asked by your  pastor to share the g...
Imagine…• Option 1: I will share my personal testimony.• Option 2: I may just jump straight to preach to  them that the Bi...
Question…• Can we think of a way that they can’t give  excuse to the gospel?• May be we can learn something from apostle  ...
Read Acts 17:16-32• What are the similarities  between the people of  Athens and Singapore?• Do you think the people  are ...
What are the similarities between thepeople of Athens and Singapore?• Pluarlists - city was full of idols (Acts 17:16)Apol...
What are the similarities between thepeople of Athens and Singapore?• Pleasure seekers (Acts 17:18)  – Epicureans (believe...
What are the similarities between thepeople of Athens and Singapore?• Pantheists (Acts 17:18)  – Stoics: people don’t show...
Do you think the people are allseekers?• A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers  began to debate with him. Some of th...
What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?• Did Paul preach the gospel directly?• Paul used pre-evangelism by p...
What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?•   26 From one man he made all the nations, that    they should inha...
What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, weshould not think that th...
What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?• He pointed out to the Athens that  A.You created these wooden gods ...
After pointing out the inconsistencies,Paul preached the gospel30 In    the past Godoverlooked suchignorance, but now heco...
What is the value of Paul’s approach?“A person can close his ears tofacts he does not want to hear,but if a pointed questi...
Introducing ConversationalEvangelism        EVANGELISM
Pre-EvangelismIf evangelism is planting seeds of theGospel, pre-evangelism is tilling the soilof their mind and heart, pre...
Planting seeds…“… other seeds fell into the good soil andas they grew up and increased, theyyielded a crop and produced th...
What Pre-Evangelism is NOT?• It not changing the gospel message, but  repackage our approach in evangelism           EVANG...
If we truly understand thetimes or culture in which welive in we will engage in pre-evangelism. EVANGELISM
Not All Approach Are Equally   As Effective At All Times Because…Not all pre-believers are at the same place.             ...
But not only helpful…         If we truly understand the times         or culture in which we live we         will see pre...
Understanding the Need For Pre-     Evangelism will compels us…1. To see evangelism more as a process!        EVANGELISM
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it,        but God made it grow.”            1 Corinthians 3: 6         EVANGELISM
Expanded Definition ofEvangelism  “Every day and in every way helping  our pre-believing friends to take one  step closer ...
Evangelism is a process- My BestFriend• He thinks religious beliefs are impractical and  it is a source of conflict.• He t...
Evangelism is a process- My BestFriend“Do you think Christianity can be a practicalreligion?” I asked.Then I shared the st...
Evangelism is a process- My BestFriendHe told me at the end of his conversation:• “i just have two questions to solve...an...
Evangelism is a process- aChinese student Conversation with a Chinese PhD student “Do you know materialism itself is not m...
Evangelism is a process- a Chinesestudent3 Years later, he told me through MSN:“When i looked back, although at that time,...
But Why Is Pre-Evangelism So Essential InToday’s World?
Why Not Just Proclaim the Truth?  “We live in a world in which people are  reluctant to be told what is true.  But they ma...
Understanding the Need For Pre-Evangelism will compels us…  2. To allow others to discover the  truth for themselves by as...
Something to remember aboutliving in a post-Christian world…        Our convictions about Christ can        seem offensive...
The Joy of Self-discovery  “We need to make him   think it was his idea.”     From the movie     My Big Fat Greek        W...
The Joy of Self-discovery  Conversation with a colleague    “What evidence are you looking    for?”             EVANGELISM
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Buddhist ColleagueDo you think all religious beliefs are the same?     “Yes, ...
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Buddhist ColleagueBuddhism believes in reincarnation, if I am bad, I willBeco...
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Buddhist Colleague“What do you Christians believe?”“This is the first time I ...
But How Does Pre-Evangelism  Lead To More Evangelism?The more opportunity we have to share the Gospel, thegreater likeliho...
4 Types of ConversationsWe Want to Have with Non-believers          EVANGELISM
4 Types of Roles You Needto Play in Your Friend’s Life                         Archeologist              Artist           ...
Overview• Hearing  – 4 kinds of Sour notes  – Role Play (part 1)• Illuminating  – 3Ds  – Role Play (part 2)            EVA...
Hear What They are Saying!                     Hear                     Illuminate                     Uncover            ...
The Importance ofBeing a Good Listener                        PROVERBS 18:13 (NASB)                       “He who gives an...
Learn How to Be a Better ListenerJAMES 1:19-20My dear brothers, take note ofthis: Everyone should be quick tolisten, slow ...
4 Types of Roles You Needto Play in Your Friend’s Life                         Archeologist              Artist           ...
In idol shows, sometimes we heargood singers        EVANGELISM
In idol shows, sometimes we hearnot-so-good ones        EVANGELISM
Hear the Sour NotesPeople are Singing to Us!          EVANGELISM
Our Purpose … By listening to the sour notes we may be able to “detect” some of the uncertainty in their their beliefs whi...
Hear the Sour NotesPeople are Singing to Us!            EVANGELISM
Hear the Sour NotesPeople are Singing to Us!            EVANGELISM
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Dr. Norman Geisler        EVANGELISM
Not All Religious Viewpoints Can Be Right!  “Either Jesus is the Only “Way The Truth and  the Life…” (Jn. 14:6)  or  He is...
Paul’s approach in Acts 17 Example: Idols in Acts 17:22-30 What are the two contradictory beliefs?   “For in Him we live a...
What You Might HearTypes of “sour notes” orinconsistencies you might hear:  Belief vs. Heart Longing (Eccl. 3:11)  Belief ...
Don’t Forget to Really Listen          The fact is that some people hold to          beliefs that are some what different ...
Break into three groups• Pick two actors from each group to act out  the dialog• Others try to identify the sour note     ...
Group 1• I am a Buddhists• I buy 4D-> Belief vs Behavior            EVANGELISM
Group 2• I believe Jesus is God• I believe all religious beliefs are the same-> Belief vs. Belief             EVANGELISM
Group 3• I don’t believe in after-life• I want to believe in after-life-> Belief vs Heart Longing            EVANGELISM
Group 4• There is no such thing as right or wrong• Terrorism is wrong-> Belief vs Belief             EVANGELISM
4 Types of Roles You Needto Play in Your Friend’s Life                         Archeologist              Artist           ...
Illuminate The Discrepancies!One day a man told his Christian friend, “Howcan Christianity is true, the Bible did not give...
Illuminate The Discrepancies!• He read Psalm 14:1 to his friend.• And told his friend, “You see fool is wise  enough to on...
The Importance of QuestionsAsking questions helpspaint a picture to helpthem see themselvesmore clearly              EVANG...
The Importance of Questions• Questions that help  clarify the meaning of  certain unclear terms.• Questions that surface  ...
How do I know if I am askingthe right kind of questions in the right way?Is it according tothe Three D’s ofAsking Question...
Practicing 3D principle with an anime fan• Me: Do you think Kenshin can  really atone for his sin? Do you  think we can un...
Practicing 3D principle with an anime fan• Me: “What about in reality? If I kill  somebody, can I atone my sin by  donatin...
Practicing 3D principle with an anime fan• Me: “Only Christianity teaches us that we cannot do  anything to undo the sin (...
Remember the Goal in Asking Questions!          The results we want              to create are:          a sense of instab...
Group 1 Buddhist who wants to win4D• Suggested Question  – You: I have some dedicated Buddhist friends, they    are vegeta...
Group 1 Buddhist who wants to win4DJesus taught that theissue is not giving updesire, but havingright desire (Matt. 5:6).B...
Group 2 Pluralists who accepts Jesuswith all other GodsSuggested Question- You: You know Christians are not trying to be  ...
Group 2 Pluralists who accepts Jesuswith all other Gods• Buddha claimed to point to the way,  Muhammad claimed to be a pro...
Group 3 Steve Jobs on after-lifeSuggested Question:- You: Do you believe in an after-life?- Friend: Like Steve Jobs, I bel...
Group 3 Steve Jobs on after-life• Friend: But there is still no proof…• You: What if someone has been dead and  come back ...
Group 4 Peace loving Buddhist• You: Do you know Buddha also believe  something is wrong?• Friend: Oh.. I did not know that...
Group 4 Peace loving Buddhist• You: If there is such thing as right and wrong,  then how do we determine what is right and...
4 Types of ConversationsWe Want to Have with Non-believers          EVANGELISM
Taking That Next Step1. Determine who  the Lord is  placing on your  heart to reach  out to!
Taking That Next Step1. Determine who the Lord is   placing on your heart to   reach out to!2. Pray for open doors   (Col....
Taking That Next Step 1. Determine who the    Lord is placing on    your heart to reach    out to! 2. Pray for open doors ...
3. Look for Divine Appointments daily!a. Look for ways God is   already at work in the   lives of those you want   to reac...
3. Look for Divine Appointments daily!b. Ask God for wisdom to know what to say in your   conversations with others (Js. 1...
A facebook conversationFriend‟s status: Man has became the measure of most thingsin Life. Of animals. Of emotions. Of ethi...
A facebook conversation• Raymond: What do you mean the truth? Do you agree  that even those who professes truth cant be at...
A facebook conversation• Raymond: As mortal, do you think man can know that  Jesus is God? First of all, I acknowledge tha...
A facebook conversationChain of events start to happen…..I have moved my beliefsystem from Agnosticism to Deism. It probab...
A reminder…What good will it be for a man if he gains thewhole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what cana man give in exch...
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist ChurchHow long have you been to church?...
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist ChurchYou know Jesus as a Jew, does he ...
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist Church“Why do you believe in Jesus?”“Ho...
The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist ChurchI think everyone has to make 2 mo...
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  • You always believe what you think is right. If you believe something, it will be true for you.
  • You always believe what you think is right. If you believe something, it will be true for you.
  • Why do people do that? People believe
  • All these are good approached, and once the person is willing to listen. The Holy Spirit is going to speak to them. But for the skeptics, they are going to find ways to escape these truths.
  • Although the person didn’t accept Christ at that time, God used the conversation to help the person take a step closer to Jesus. (When sharing stories, keep on emphasizing the importance of listening and understanding the person belief system and obstacle, and also emphasize on the opportunity in helping the person take a step closer to Christ)
  • When you try to do everything, nothing is done.
  • Instrument. Alignment rather than Assignment.What does he realize? He realize that evangelism is God’s work not Paul’s work.
  • Thinking ahead.
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    1. 1. EVANGELISM
    2. 2. Key PerspectiveAbout Evangelism Remember that our problems in Evangelism our not one of methodology, but one of maturity! EVANGELISM
    3. 3. My Family 2011 Jul EVANGELISM
    4. 4. Geisler family and Us EVANGELISM
    5. 5. Overview• The Challenges of Evangelism today• Introduction to Conversational Evangelism• Listening and Illuminating• Practical Exercises• Taking the next Step EVANGELISM
    6. 6. The Challenges of Evangelism today• All religious beliefs are the same, why Christianity?• Christians are arrogant and intolerant, they always think they are right and others are wrong.• Why you Christians are so keen in converting others? EVANGELISM
    7. 7. The Challenges of Evangelism Today EVANGELISM
    8. 8. How to be an effective witness nowadays?In order to be more effective, we have tounderstand what is going on in ourculture:• 2 ‘P’s –Pluralism –Postmodernism EVANGELISM
    9. 9. All views are true and the same! ? ? ? ?Since all views are true,it does not matter what you believe! EVANGELISM
    10. 10. Examples of Pluralism A house in Taiwan EVANGELISM
    11. 11. Examples of Pluralism An auntie wears this in The same auntie wears church this outside EVANGELISM
    12. 12. Analogy of Pluralism EVANGELISM
    13. 13. EVANGELISM
    14. 14. EVANGELISM
    15. 15. It is one thing for six blind men to conclude six differentthings. But how about someone who can see! EVANGELISM
    16. 16. Pluralism is also affecting how Christians think…“About one out of four(26%) born again Christiansbelieve that it doesn‟tmatter what faith youfollow because they allteach the same lessons.”Born Again Christians, 2000,George Barna, Barna Web-site
    17. 17. Becoming less certain...57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believemany religions can lead to eternal life.Pew Forum on Religion and Public Lifehttp://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15915
    18. 18. Postmodernism• Characteristics: – Moral Relativism: There is no absolute right or wrong. Everything is relative. – Construction/Deconstruction: In an extreme form, it is a belief that our thoughts, attitudes, as well as our very existence is just a social construct and not real. EVANGELISM
    19. 19. Moral Relativism “…Modernist would argue in various ways that Christianity is not true….Today the most common critique is that “Christians think they have the only truth. The claims of Christianity are not denied; they are rejected because they purport to be true.” Gene Veith, Postmodern times, p. 19 EVANGELISM
    20. 20. Moral Relativism: Problems “It is hard to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to people who believe that, since morality is relative, they have no sins to forgive.” Gene Veith, Postmodern Times, p.16 EVANGELISM
    21. 21. Moral Relativism in campuses“Many students dont think that there is a standard of rightand wrong. Rather, they believe that this is up to theindividual. This means they do hold a standard of right andwrong themselves, but they feel that each persons standardof right and wrong differs from the other.”“Personally, I feel stuck as to how to proceed on with theconversation. Its like saying that this food is nice for me butmay not be nice for you. They relegate the standard of rightand wrong to personal preference.” EVANGELISM
    22. 22. Moral Relativism in campuses “I find that Im shaken. Not in terms of my faith but in terms of how to answer such questions.”- Former Student, East Asia School of Theology EVANGELISM
    23. 23. Construction/DeconstructionThe DaVinci Code is an example of postmoderninfluences on society. • The heart of Postmodernism is that you construct your own truth. • This is what Dan Brown is doing with the Biblical story of Jesus. EVANGELISM
    24. 24. Reconstructing the Biblical Story of Jesus • Jesus never claimed to be God. • Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a child. • The New Testament was a productive of man to achieve one’s political agenda. • Almost everything we have been taught about Jesus is a lie. EVANGELISM
    25. 25. Postmodernism in pop-culture• The Matrix Trilogy• Avatar• Source code EVANGELISM
    26. 26. This Explains Why Many AreQuestioning The Biblical Story of Jesus The DaVinci Code The Lost Gospel of Judas The Lost Tomb of Christ The Golden Compass EVANGELISM
    27. 27. What’s the big deal when peoplequestion the biblical story of Jesus? “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” I Corinthians 15:14 (NIV) * Biblical faith must have an object to be valid. EVANGELISM
    28. 28. Post ModernismThe World we Live In• Rejection of moral absolutes• The skepticism of our society• An indifference towards truth or rejection of truthSigns of Trouble in ourworld EVANGELISM
    29. 29. There is an intolerance towardsthose who say there is a bridgethey must cross! EVANGELISM
    30. 30. The Bible also talks aboutPostmodernism 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” EVANGELISM
    31. 31. Key Question How can we do more effective evangelism in this kind of world?EVANGELISM
    32. 32. Imagine…• Imagine you participated in your church’s short-term mission trip, you are asked by your pastor to share the gospel with a group of non-believing students (including pluralists, polytheists, idol worshippers etc).• How are you going to share the gospel? EVANGELISM
    33. 33. Imagine…• Option 1: I will share my personal testimony.• Option 2: I may just jump straight to preach to them that the Bible is the word of God.• Option 3: I will just tell them they are sinner and Jesus died for their sins.• Other options…. EVANGELISM
    34. 34. Question…• Can we think of a way that they can’t give excuse to the gospel?• May be we can learn something from apostle Paul… EVANGELISM
    35. 35. Read Acts 17:16-32• What are the similarities between the people of Athens and Singapore?• Do you think the people are all seekers?• What is Paul’s approach in reaching out to the people?• What is the value of Paul’s approach? EVANGELISM
    36. 36. What are the similarities between thepeople of Athens and Singapore?• Pluarlists - city was full of idols (Acts 17:16)Apollo – god ofThe sun Athena – goddess of wisdom Zeus – father of Hermes – gods messenger EVANGELISM
    37. 37. What are the similarities between thepeople of Athens and Singapore?• Pleasure seekers (Acts 17:18) – Epicureans (believed gods are uninvolved in human affairs, therefore, human should seek pleasure by all means) EVANGELISM
    38. 38. What are the similarities between thepeople of Athens and Singapore?• Pantheists (Acts 17:18) – Stoics: people don’t show emotions • Believed God was the Soul of the Cosmos, no afterlife. Pursuing virtues, overcoming emotions enduring hardships EVANGELISM
    39. 39. Do you think the people are allseekers?• A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. (Acts 17:18) EVANGELISM
    40. 40. What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?• Did Paul preach the gospel directly?• Paul used pre-evangelism by pointing out the inconsistencies of their belief. Then, he preached the gospel. EVANGELISM
    41. 41. What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?• 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c] EVANGELISM
    42. 42. What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, weshould not think that the divine being is likegold or silver or stone—an image made byhuman design and skill. EVANGELISM
    43. 43. What is Paul’s approach in reachingout to the people?• He pointed out to the Athens that A.You created these wooden gods B.These wooden gods created you. EVANGELISM
    44. 44. After pointing out the inconsistencies,Paul preached the gospel30 In the past Godoverlooked suchignorance, but now hecommands all peopleeverywhere torepent. 31 For he has set aday when he will judge theworld with justice by theman he has appointed. Hehas given proof of this toeveryone by raising himfrom the dead.” EVANGELISM
    45. 45. What is the value of Paul’s approach?“A person can close his ears tofacts he does not want to hear,but if a pointed question causeshim to form the answer in hisown mind, he cannot escapethe conclusion—because it’s aconclusion that he reachedhimself.”David Reed Baker, Jehovah’s Witnesses AnsweredVerse by Verse, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986) p. 113 EVANGELISM
    46. 46. Introducing ConversationalEvangelism EVANGELISM
    47. 47. Pre-EvangelismIf evangelism is planting seeds of theGospel, pre-evangelism is tilling the soilof their mind and heart, preparing themto at least be willing to listen to the Truth.(Mark 2:22, 4:8) EVANGELISM
    48. 48. Planting seeds…“… other seeds fell into the good soil andas they grew up and increased, theyyielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty,and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:8) EVANGELISM
    49. 49. What Pre-Evangelism is NOT?• It not changing the gospel message, but repackage our approach in evangelism EVANGELISM
    50. 50. If we truly understand thetimes or culture in which welive in we will engage in pre-evangelism. EVANGELISM
    51. 51. Not All Approach Are Equally As Effective At All Times Because…Not all pre-believers are at the same place. Indiffere Hostile Skeptical Trust in Christ nt EVANGELISM
    52. 52. But not only helpful… If we truly understand the times or culture in which we live we will see pre-evangelism as an essential part of our responsibility as witnesses. EVANGELISM
    53. 53. Understanding the Need For Pre- Evangelism will compels us…1. To see evangelism more as a process! EVANGELISM
    54. 54. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” 1 Corinthians 3: 6 EVANGELISM
    55. 55. Expanded Definition ofEvangelism “Every day and in every way helping our pre-believing friends to take one step closer to Jesus Christ.” Dr. David Geisler EVANGELISM
    56. 56. Evangelism is a process- My BestFriend• He thinks religious beliefs are impractical and it is a source of conflict.• He thinks these beliefs are just rituals and cause much troubles in the Middle East that human lives are lost in the name of religion. EVANGELISM
    57. 57. Evangelism is a process- My BestFriend“Do you think Christianity can be a practicalreligion?” I asked.Then I shared the story of how a drug addictbecame a pastor after knowing Jesus.He is hopeless in human perspective, but heplaced his hope in Jesus, and God changed himfrom inside out to be a new man. EVANGELISM
    58. 58. Evangelism is a process- My BestFriendHe told me at the end of his conversation:• “i just have two questions to solve...and i believe it takes some time...”• “what is god? does god exist? or not?”• “why Christian but not Buddha... not.. anyone else...why not Mohammad? why not u and me?” It took him around two years to make thedecision to commit himself to Jesus. EVANGELISM
    59. 59. Evangelism is a process- aChinese student Conversation with a Chinese PhD student “Do you know materialism itself is not material?” EVANGELISM
    60. 60. Evangelism is a process- a Chinesestudent3 Years later, he told me through MSN:“When i looked back, although at that time, 3years ago, i was not accept your points, i feelmy conception began to change... I will bebaptised next Sunday” EVANGELISM
    61. 61. But Why Is Pre-Evangelism So Essential InToday’s World?
    62. 62. Why Not Just Proclaim the Truth? “We live in a world in which people are reluctant to be told what is true. But they may be willing to see for themselves (as in a mirror) the inadequacies in what they believe by us asking them probing and thought provoking questions.” Dr. David Geisler
    63. 63. Understanding the Need For Pre-Evangelism will compels us… 2. To allow others to discover the truth for themselves by asking them probing questions about what they say they believe! EVANGELISM
    64. 64. Something to remember aboutliving in a post-Christian world… Our convictions about Christ can seem offensive and arrogant to some. * Therefore it is not always best to say things to people so directly. EVANGELISM
    65. 65. The Joy of Self-discovery “We need to make him think it was his idea.” From the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    66. 66. The Joy of Self-discovery Conversation with a colleague “What evidence are you looking for?” EVANGELISM
    67. 67. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Buddhist ColleagueDo you think all religious beliefs are the same? “Yes, I think so. Every religious beliefs teaching you to do good.Are you a Buddhist? Are you a devout Buddhist? “Yes, I am a devout Buddhist.”I have some questions about Buddhism, can I ask you? “Sure! I am glad to help.” EVANGELISM
    68. 68. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Buddhist ColleagueBuddhism believes in reincarnation, if I am bad, I willBecome a cockroach in my next life. But how do I getpromoted to human being again? Hmm.. This is a tough question. I don’t have an answer yet. [After thinking for a while..] Yeah, I know. Maybe you can fly to a temple and listen to monks’ mantras, maybe you can be ‘cleansed’ and becomes a human again. EVANGELISM
    69. 69. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Buddhist Colleague“What do you Christians believe?”“This is the first time I have such a good conversation onreligious topics. I want to talk to you again on such interestingtopics.” EVANGELISM
    70. 70. But How Does Pre-Evangelism Lead To More Evangelism?The more opportunity we have to share the Gospel, thegreater likelihood that more people will come to knowChrist.The more pre-evangelism we do, the more opportunities wewill have to share the gospel with others.Therefore, the more pre-evangelism we do the greaterlikelihood that more people will come to Christ! EVANGELISM
    71. 71. 4 Types of ConversationsWe Want to Have with Non-believers EVANGELISM
    72. 72. 4 Types of Roles You Needto Play in Your Friend’s Life Archeologist Artist Builder Musician EVANGELISM
    73. 73. Overview• Hearing – 4 kinds of Sour notes – Role Play (part 1)• Illuminating – 3Ds – Role Play (part 2) EVANGELISM
    74. 74. Hear What They are Saying! Hear Illuminate Uncover Build EVANGELISM
    75. 75. The Importance ofBeing a Good Listener PROVERBS 18:13 (NASB) “He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.” EVANGELISM
    76. 76. Learn How to Be a Better ListenerJAMES 1:19-20My dear brothers, take note ofthis: Everyone should be quick tolisten, slow to speak and slow tobecome angry, for mansanger does not bringabout the righteouslife that God desires. EVANGELISM
    77. 77. 4 Types of Roles You Needto Play in Your Friend’s Life Archeologist Artist Builder Musician EVANGELISM
    78. 78. In idol shows, sometimes we heargood singers EVANGELISM
    79. 79. In idol shows, sometimes we hearnot-so-good ones EVANGELISM
    80. 80. Hear the Sour NotesPeople are Singing to Us! EVANGELISM
    81. 81. Our Purpose … By listening to the sour notes we may be able to “detect” some of the uncertainty in their their beliefs which may give us an opportunity to help them to think more clearly About what they believe and why. It also helps to create a greater interest in knowing about Jesus. EVANGELISM
    82. 82. Hear the Sour NotesPeople are Singing to Us! EVANGELISM
    83. 83. Hear the Sour NotesPeople are Singing to Us! EVANGELISM
    84. 84. EVANGELISM
    85. 85. Dr. Norman Geisler EVANGELISM
    86. 86. Not All Religious Viewpoints Can Be Right! “Either Jesus is the Only “Way The Truth and the Life…” (Jn. 14:6) or He is not the Only Way the Truth and the Life EVANGELISM
    87. 87. Paul’s approach in Acts 17 Example: Idols in Acts 17:22-30 What are the two contradictory beliefs? “For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we also are His offspring.’ Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver, an image formed by the art and thought of man.” (Acts 17:28-29 NASB) A.You created these wooden gods. B.These wooden gods created you. EVANGELISM
    88. 88. What You Might HearTypes of “sour notes” orinconsistencies you might hear: Belief vs. Heart Longing (Eccl. 3:11) Belief vs. Behavior (Gal 2:14-16) Belief vs. Belief (Acts 17:22-30) Illogical Belief (2 Cor. 1:18) EVANGELISM
    89. 89. Don’t Forget to Really Listen The fact is that some people hold to beliefs that are some what different than what their particular religion teaches! By listening to them carefully you also communicate that you really care about them and want to understand what they believe. EVANGELISM
    90. 90. Break into three groups• Pick two actors from each group to act out the dialog• Others try to identify the sour note EVANGELISM
    91. 91. Group 1• I am a Buddhists• I buy 4D-> Belief vs Behavior EVANGELISM
    92. 92. Group 2• I believe Jesus is God• I believe all religious beliefs are the same-> Belief vs. Belief EVANGELISM
    93. 93. Group 3• I don’t believe in after-life• I want to believe in after-life-> Belief vs Heart Longing EVANGELISM
    94. 94. Group 4• There is no such thing as right or wrong• Terrorism is wrong-> Belief vs Belief EVANGELISM
    95. 95. 4 Types of Roles You Needto Play in Your Friend’s Life Archeologist Artist Builder Musician EVANGELISM
    96. 96. Illuminate The Discrepancies!One day a man told his Christian friend, “Howcan Christianity is true, the Bible did not giveany proof for God’s existence?”Then the Christian opened up the Bible andread him a verse, and his friend immediatelywalked away from him. EVANGELISM
    97. 97. Illuminate The Discrepancies!• He read Psalm 14:1 to his friend.• And told his friend, “You see fool is wise enough to only say this in his heart. Then you say it out loud?” EVANGELISM
    98. 98. The Importance of QuestionsAsking questions helpspaint a picture to helpthem see themselvesmore clearly EVANGELISM
    99. 99. The Importance of Questions• Questions that help clarify the meaning of certain unclear terms.• Questions that surface uncertainty and/or expose false belief systems or concepts. EVANGELISM
    100. 100. How do I know if I am askingthe right kind of questions in the right way?Is it according tothe Three D’s ofAsking Questions?DoubtDefensivenessDesire EVANGELISM
    101. 101. Practicing 3D principle with an anime fan• Me: Do you think Kenshin can really atone for his sin? Do you think we can undo what we have done wrongly?• Friend: “No matter what he did, the people he killed could not come back to life.” EVANGELISM
    102. 102. Practicing 3D principle with an anime fan• Me: “What about in reality? If I kill somebody, can I atone my sin by donating money to charity?”• Friend: “No, you cannot atone for your own sin”• Me: “Every religion teaches us to do something to atone for your sin” Buddhism teaches us that desire is the root of sin and Muslim teaches us to do good work to outweigh our wrongdoing.” EVANGELISM
    103. 103. Practicing 3D principle with an anime fan• Me: “Only Christianity teaches us that we cannot do anything to undo the sin (same ground), but only God with infinite power to remove the effect of sin. Does it make sense?” EVANGELISM
    104. 104. Remember the Goal in Asking Questions! The results we want to create are: a sense of instability, uncertainty, and insecurity in their belief system. EVANGELISM
    105. 105. Group 1 Buddhist who wants to win4D• Suggested Question – You: I have some dedicated Buddhist friends, they are vegetarians and they told me that they follow the eight-fold-path. They believe that desire is the source of all suffering, and we have to get rid of all desires be. Do you think man can get rid of all desires? – Friend: No, I don’t think so. Many people also want to be rich and want to be somebody. – You: Do you know how Christianity teaches about desire? EVANGELISM
    106. 106. Group 1 Buddhist who wants to win4DJesus taught that theissue is not giving updesire, but havingright desire (Matt. 5:6).Blessed are those whohunger and thirst forrighteousness, forthey will be filled.(Matt 5:6) EVANGELISM
    107. 107. Group 2 Pluralists who accepts Jesuswith all other GodsSuggested Question- You: You know Christians are not trying to be exclusive to exclude all people. Just like Jesus showed care to the poor, taught us to be humble and love others even to the point that we should love our enemies.- You: Do you know the difference between Christianity and all major religions? EVANGELISM
    108. 108. Group 2 Pluralists who accepts Jesuswith all other Gods• Buddha claimed to point to the way, Muhammad claimed to be a prophet of God, but Jesus is the only major religious leaders who claims to be God, and he proves this by lived a sinless life, fulfilled prophecies, died on the cross and rose from the dead. EVANGELISM
    109. 109. Group 3 Steve Jobs on after-lifeSuggested Question:- You: Do you believe in an after-life?- Friend: Like Steve Jobs, I believe this is an idea is nice to have, but no proof.- You: Everyone desire an after-life. Just like our other desires: desire for food, oxygen, wealth, water, power, status, influence etc. We desire for real thing. Does the fact that everyone desires for an afterlife indicates it is indeed something real? EVANGELISM
    110. 110. Group 3 Steve Jobs on after-life• Friend: But there is still no proof…• You: What if someone has been dead and come back to tell us there is such thing?• Friend: You mean those near-death experience?• You: Sort of, but we have Jesus who died and came back to life. This is corroborated by historical findings and large number of witnesses. Do you want to know more? EVANGELISM
    111. 111. Group 4 Peace loving Buddhist• You: Do you know Buddha also believe something is wrong?• Friend: Oh.. I did not know that.• You: Buddha once thought caste system was wrong, so he went around and taught against it. That’s one of the reasons why Buddhists are expelled from India. EVANGELISM
    112. 112. Group 4 Peace loving Buddhist• You: If there is such thing as right and wrong, then how do we determine what is right and what is wrong? EVANGELISM
    113. 113. 4 Types of ConversationsWe Want to Have with Non-believers EVANGELISM
    114. 114. Taking That Next Step1. Determine who the Lord is placing on your heart to reach out to!
    115. 115. Taking That Next Step1. Determine who the Lord is placing on your heart to reach out to!2. Pray for open doors (Col. 4:3). Praying at the same time for us as well that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned. Colossians 4:3
    116. 116. Taking That Next Step 1. Determine who the Lord is placing on your heart to reach out to! 2. Pray for open doors (Col. 4:3). 3. Look for Divine Appointments daily! (Acts 8:29).
    117. 117. 3. Look for Divine Appointments daily!a. Look for ways God is already at work in the lives of those you want to reach! “And the Spirit said to Philip, „Go up and join this chariot.‟” (Acts 8:29) * Ask yourself, “What are the signs that God is already working supernaturally in someone’s heart?”
    118. 118. 3. Look for Divine Appointments daily!b. Ask God for wisdom to know what to say in your conversations with others (Js. 1:5; Acts 14:1).
    119. 119. A facebook conversationFriend‟s status: Man has became the measure of most thingsin Life. Of animals. Of emotions. Of ethics and worse of all, ...of God• Raymond: This is relativism by Protagoras... is this phrase "man is a measure of all things" subject to mans measurement?• Friend: The truth is logos - logos exist, but is unattainable by the mortal man. The mortal man is doomed to see the world through his "rose-tinted spectacles". But I m not implying though, that he cant rid of those glasses.
    120. 120. A facebook conversation• Raymond: What do you mean the truth? Do you agree that even those who professes truth cant be attained by mortals is claiming to know at least one truth. Jesus came to the world and claimed to be the Logos or the God incarnate. Have you come to conclusion who he is?• Friend: A magician can perform miracles. A priest can preach. A doctor can heal. Jesus is no doubt a greater man than anyone else in history, but there are still doubts. Why the doubts? Cause we are naught but Man.
    121. 121. A facebook conversation• Raymond: As mortal, do you think man can know that Jesus is God? First of all, I acknowledge that we cannot have a perfect knowledge of God as finite beings. However, we do have imperfect but true knowledge of God. For example, without much musical training, we know "that" Mozarts music is great but we dont know "how" great Mozarts composition is. Likewise, as the top creatures, we know "that" God exists, God is great by reasoning but we can never comprehend "how" He exists (his mode of existence) and how great He is. Second, like you said, "Jesus is no doubt a greater man than anyone else"... Can he be "just" a great man if he claims to God but he isnt? In the Bible, there are more than enough instances that Jesus claimed to be God. This leave us with these two options: He is either a liar or God. Which option
    122. 122. A facebook conversationChain of events start to happen…..I have moved my beliefsystem from Agnosticism to Deism. It probably does notcome as a surprise to you as I have told you before that I ma bit towards believing in the existence of God thanotherwise (even if it is just slightly).It was great talking to you again dear friend Let me visit you sometime !
    123. 123. A reminder…What good will it be for a man if he gains thewhole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what cana man give in exchange for his soul?Matthew 16:26 EVANGELISM
    124. 124. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist ChurchHow long have you been to church? “For over a year, I was invited to come to this “7- habits of highly effective people” group.”After coming to church for a year, what haveyou found out about Jesus? “I am still finding who Jesus is, I am interested; however, I am not a Christian.” EVANGELISM
    125. 125. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist ChurchYou know Jesus as a Jew, does he has anything to dowith Chinese? “I think it does not matter whether He is a Jew or not, so long as He is true. What he does will be relevant to us. On the contrary, if he were a Chinese, what he has done is also relevant to the Jews. Why do you believe in Jesus?” EVANGELISM
    126. 126. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist Church“Why do you believe in Jesus?”“How do you know the record of Jesus is reliable?”“How do you know the prophecies are pointing toJesus?”“That’s amazing and the prophecies were accurate.” EVANGELISM
    127. 127. The Joy of Self-DiscoveryCONVERSATION WITH A Chinese Student atCornerstone Baptist ChurchI think everyone has to make 2 most importantdecisions in life. First is to examine whetherJesus is the God whom he claimed to be.Second is to determine whether we should callJesus our Lord. Here is my name card, and keepin touch. EVANGELISM
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