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Week 4 - Tactics and Strategies - Part 2

A deeper look at tactics and strategies and how it relates to our Christian Witness in Today's World

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Week 4 - Tactics and Strategies - Part 2

  1. 1. A cHRISTIAN today’s world WITNESS in Tactics + sTRATEGIES Relativism The Bible Pluralism Islam Sexual Revolution Media Training and Equipping Believers to Live Out a Confident Faith
  2. 2. A cHRISTIAN today’s world WITNESS in Tactics + sTRATEGIES Relativism The Bible Pluralism Islam Sexual Revolution Media Training and Equipping Believers to Live Out a Confident Faith
  3. 3. Last Week…
  4. 4. Small Groups
  5. 5. Breathe
  6. 6. mATTHEW 28:18-20 The Command: Make Disciples Immerse them in the reality of God Teach them to observe Jesus’ teachings Abide in Jesus’ presence
  7. 7. What is that? How am I doing? Don’t want to upset Jesus! Oh, goodie! Another commitment! The Command: Make Disciples
  8. 8. The Invitation: Make Disciples This should be exciting! Our job is faithfulness, God changes hearts Be patient, and celebrate any progress
  9. 9. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
  10. 10. Everyone has Influence
  11. 11. Focus our Influence
  12. 12. tACTICS Skills for effective discussions
  13. 13. Tactics Help you…TACTICS The Role of Tactics in Effective Discussions Use your knowledge in creative ways Effectively handle challenges Appropriately direct the conversation
  14. 14. Tactic #1: The Columbo Tactic “I got a question…”
  15. 15. The Columbo Tactic To go on the offensive in a disarming way with carefully selected questions that productively advance the conversation
  16. 16. The columbo Tactic Has: 3 Unique Applications Each launched by a different question…
  17. 17. inFORMATION Application 1 To GaIN
  18. 18. more information Sometimes you just need before you can proceed
  19. 19. What do you mean
 by that? (or some variation)
  20. 20. The Burden of Proof Application 2 To Reverse
  21. 21. How did you come to that conclusion? (or some variation)
  22. 22. Application 2Application 1 Gain 
 Information What People Believe Reverse the Burden of Proof Why They Believe It
  23. 23. a Weakness or Flaw Application 3 To Indirectly Exploit
  24. 24. Identifying weaknessesTactics The Columbo Tactic: 
 Application 2: To Reverse the Burden of Proof Are there any blatant weaknesses in their view?
  25. 25. Identifying weaknessesTactics The Columbo Tactic: 
 Application 2: To Reverse the Burden of Proof Do their conclusions follow from the evidence?
  26. 26. we MUST ASK AND Then lISTEN (No, really listen. Really. Listen!)
  27. 27. Good listening is the key to spotting Weaknesses
  28. 28. Greg and the waitress
  29. 29. Tonight…
  30. 30. Part 2 Week 3 Tactics Tonight:
  31. 31. 3 Other Tactics
  32. 32. The Suicide Tactic
  33. 33. The “Taking the Roof OFF” Tactic
  34. 34. The steamroller Tactic
  35. 35. The Suicide Tactic The Self-Refuting Argument
  36. 36. Sallie:
 
 “No. That’s my new philosophy! I don’t care what anyone says, the answer is “no.”
  37. 37. Charlie Brown: 
 “So that’s your new philosophy, huh?”
  38. 38. Sallie: 
 “Yes. I mean, no. Ugh…you’ve ruined my new philosophy!”
  39. 39. The Suicide Tactic The art of allowing self-refuting arguments to die upon being spoken
  40. 40. I Cannot Speak A word in English You Can’t know anything for sure
  41. 41. JP Moreland Quote
  42. 42. Easy ones I never, never repeat a word. Never. There are absolutely no absolutes. My brother is an only child. Swear!
  43. 43. Let me tell you about my vow of silence. Easy ones I used to believe in reincarnation, but that was in a former life
  44. 44. “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours” - Yogi Berra
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  46. 46. You shouldn’t force your morality on me Is that your morality? Then why are you forcing it on me?
  47. 47. It’s wrong to try and change other people’s beliefs Then why are you trying to change mine?
  48. 48. God Doesn’t take sides “So you mean that God doesn’t hold your view either, right?”
  49. 49. All Religions are equally true and valid You can only know what has been proven by science Everyone’s view is just a product of their own prejudices There is no truth Why do these claims commit suicide?
  50. 50. All Religions are equally true and valid “Christianity is a religion that claims to be true, and others false. Is that valid?”
  51. 51. You can only know what has been proven by science “Is that a scientific statement?”
  52. 52. Everyone’s view is just a product of their own prejudices “So, that view is also just a product of your own prejudices, right?”
  53. 53. There is no truth “So should I believe that or not?”
  54. 54. The Suicide TacticTactics They become false as soon as they are spokenThe Key to The Suicide Tactic Require us to be listening very well to spot them
  55. 55. The Suicide TacticTactics The Key to The Suicide Tactic Can usually be spotted by their “all or nothing” kind of language. Listen for extreme claims!
  56. 56. Taking the Roof off Following a Bad Argument
  57. 57. “Taking the Roof off” Tactic Reduce an idea to its simplest form, follow its natural consequences, invite them into the results
  58. 58. Taking the Roof offTactics 1) Adopt the other person’s view for the sake of argument The “Taking the Roof Off “Tactic 2) Carefully follow the consequences of the view
  59. 59. Taking the Roof offTactics 3) Invite the other person into the consequences of where their view leads The “Taking the Roof Off “Tactic 4) Listen to how they respond
  60. 60. Matthew 12:24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
  61. 61. Matthew 12:25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
  62. 62. Matthew 12:26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
  63. 63. Matthew 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?
  64. 64. Because I was born with homosexual desires, they are therefore ok to act upon 1) Clarify 2) Follow 3) Invite 3) Listen
  65. 65. Simplest form of argument: Follow where argument leads: If you are born with it, that makes it ok Any desire that we are “born with” is ok to act out
  66. 66. Columbo question to “take the roof off”: Reason it is absurd: “I have always had a desire to spy on young girls in their bedrooms. That’s ok, right?” Just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s the right thing we should do!
  67. 67. Morals are not universal, they are relative to different people and different cultures 1) Clarify 2) Follow 3) Invite 3) Listen
  68. 68. Morals are just cultural, not universal Right and wrong are just cultural preferences Simplest form of argument: Follow where argument leads:
  69. 69. “So its ok to sacrifice children to gods if that culture believes its ok, right?” We all know some things are simply wrong, even if our culture happens to permit it Columbo question to “take the roof off”: Reason it is absurd:
  70. 70. “Values Clarification”
  71. 71. The Steamroller Dealing with aggressive people
  72. 72. The Steamroller Tactic How to graciously deal with someone who constantly interrupts you
  73. 73. Steamrollers are…TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Agressive people who cut you off Constant interrupters, bad listeners Big personalities and big mouths
  74. 74. Step #1:TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Stop and negotiate When interrupted, graciously stop and negotiate an agreement
  75. 75. Step #1:TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Stop and negotiate “If it’s ok with you, let me finish where I was going, and you can jump in, ok?”
  76. 76. Step #1:TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Stop and negotiate “You have some great questions, let me take them one at a time. Is that alright?”
  77. 77. Step #2:TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Graciously Shame “You asked for my thoughts, but you keep interrupting me. Would you still like me to respond to your question?”
  78. 78. Step #2:TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Graciously Shame “How about this. Let me finish without being interrupted, and I will give you the floor after that. 
 How does that sound?”
  79. 79. Step #3:TACTICS How to Deal with a Steamroller Buh-Bye! Do not continue to talk with a steamroller if they have repeatedly broken your agreement.
  80. 80. Review
  81. 81. ReviewTactics Review of the Tactics We Learned Tonight The Suicide Tactic Discovering self-refuting arguments Taking the Roof Off Adopting someone’s view and then following it to it’s logical conclusion Steamroller How to deal with aggressive people
  82. 82. Discussion and Practice Week 4 Tactics - pART 2 Next Week:
  83. 83. sEE yOU next Week!

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