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March 14, 2014

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Great post and the underlying message is so appropriate. We can plant seeds without feeling like we have to grow the whole tree. Thanks for writing this! On my way to a retreat and the theme is evangelism--this will be great to share!

Good analogy.

Actually, the Bible shows ample evidence as to how to answer this question, and it's quite simple:

Share the facts about Jesus Christ!

--He is the Son of God
--He came to earth 2,000 years ago and lived a perfect, sinless life
--He was unjustly executed in our place and for our sins
--He was dead, buried, and raised again
--He ascended to heaven, where he remains to this day
--He is coming again

Period. That's all the New Testament knows about how share our faith, and that's all we should know. The rest is up to God.

Everything else is about living the Christian life in such a way as to make the above facts meaningful: they shouldn't ring hollow when someone considers those facts and compares them with how we live our life.

I think Brother J would have been better served by appealing to the truth of Scripture for this article...

Wow, what a great analogy. I'm going to borrow this one in the future. :)

The Apostle Paul taught this "bases loaded" concept in I Corinthians 3 when he said "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase."

He then went on to say: "So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase."

I think a lot of times we go beyond the simplicity of the Gospel, as "d" states in the above comment, and try to "full nelson" people to the mat as though we are in a "tag team" wrestling match.

It's God who saves people. we only need to tell them about it.


More than "share the facts"…hand over Christ to them!

DO the gospel to them!

But don't hit them over the head with your Bible. Get to know them a bit first and speak into their suffering and disappointments.

Thanks.

I appreciate this thoughtful article. When you meet people who don't operate from a Christian worldview their understanding of God may be very limited and it may take time for them to be able to respond to the gospel. Paul used a unique strategy when talking to the pagan philosophers in Acts 17 (different than the way he preached in the synagogues).

More than "share the facts"…hand over Christ to them! DO the gospel to them! But don't hit them over the head with your Bible. Get to know them a bit first and speak into their suffering and disappointments.

If by this you mean something along the lines of "love them into the kingdom," then no.

If instead you are indicating something akin to what I wrote in my earlier comment, about how our life as Christians should back up what we claim, then yes.

Again, I point to the record of the New Testament as our model for evangelism, and the overwhelming predominance we see for our example of how to evangelize is to simply tell people the facts of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote about this most plainly in 1 Cor. 15, when reminding them of the gospel, he says, "I delivered to you as of first importance..." Then, he doesn't go on to "speak into their suffering and disappointments." Rather, he simply lists the facts of Jesus Christ. It's interesting that he labels this as "the gospel" and something that is "of first importance."

I think that speaks volumes to how we should evangelize today.

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