Evangelism is a scary word. But when we understand the foundation of the Gospel is that God became one of us to befriend us, sharing that good news with people of other faiths becomes less frightening.
This is NEW. It used to be in wars. Maybe. Now it’s next door, down the street. At work and school.Tell a story from my experience in Egypt.
GOOD NEWS! This is actually a lot like the first century!
Compare… The first Christians were claiming that a fundamentally different story was actually true. The Greco-Roman worldview and Jesus’ worldview weren’t compatible.
So what is the Christian worldview? Well obviously we’re going to be talking about that throughout this course, but
What Evangelism 101 rules does Paul break?
FIRST: Paul is deeply offended by the idolatry of the Athenians. Paul’s entire evangelism strategy (which is VERY unconventional) is predicated on this deep offense. This is NOT an ‘all roads lead to Heaven’ ideology!
You must become a STUDENT of other faiths. This is INCARNATIONAL evangelism. You are mimicking the journey Jesus took in the incarnation.
World religions Week 1
World ReligionsThe Gospel and Friendship in a Pluralistic Suburb
A Little Bit of Diversity In what religion were you raised? (If 1. Christian, what denomination?) What other religions are you most 2. familiar with? What other religions do you find most 3. foreign or intimidating? 4. What do you hope to gain from this class?
A Lot of Diversity How can I be light in the midst of so many competing worldviews?
A Gospel (and the Gospelers)A gospel message was good news because it upheld the Roman Imperial worldview.
A Gospel (and the Gospelers)Providence... has given us Augustus, whom she filledwith virtue that he might benefit humankind, sendinghim as a savior, both for us and for our descendants,that he might end war and arrange all things... Thebirthday of the god Augustus was the beginning ofthe good news for the world.-- Inscription from a Roman Calendar, 9BCI bring you good news that will bring great joy to allpeople. The Savior-- yes, the Messiah, the Lord-- hasbeen born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!…Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earthto those with whom God is pleased.-- Luke 2:8-14 (NLT)
The Gospel of JesusTo all who believed him andaccepted him, he gave theright to become children ofGod. They are reborn-- notwith a physical birthresulting from humanpassion or plan, but a birththat comes from God.The Word became humanand made his home amongus. He was full of unfailinglove and faithfulness. Andwe have seen his glory, theglory of the Fathers oneand only Son. -- John 1:12-14 (NLT)
The Gospel of JesusThere is no greater love thanto lay down ones life forones friends.You are my friends if you dowhat I command. I no longercall you slaves, because amaster doesnt confide in hisslaves.Now you are my friends,since I have told youeverything the Father toldme. -- John 15:13-15 (NLT)
The Golden Rule of EvangelismIn everything, treat peoplethe same way you want themto treat you, for this is theLaw and the Prophets. -- Matthew 7:12 (NAS)In everything evangelism,treat evangelize people thesame way you want them totreat evangelize you. -- Jesus
Evangelism on Mars Hill Paul doesn’t name Jesus Paul doesn’t quote Scripture Paul quotes their Scripture
Knowing the Unknown God Be able to say, He who “I understand” knows one, knows none. before Other “I disagree” worldviews contain seeds of the Gospel
Our “Mars Hill” Methodologyor: what you should expect from this class • A basic introduction to the faith’s worldview 1. • Areas of agreement between that faith and 2. Orthodox Christian theology and practice • Areas of disagreement between that faith 3. and Orthodox Christian theology and practiceGOAL: To equip you to build a truth-seekingrelationship with someone of another faith.