Evangelism in a Skeptical World

How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable

Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Most Christians already know that they should be telling their friends about Jesus. But they have been poorly equipped with methods that are no longer effective in today's post-Christian world. As a result, many people become frustrated, blame themselves, and simply give up. Evangelism in a Skeptical World is a textbook on evangelism that is ideal for the church or the classroom to equip Christians with the principles and skills they need to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in a skeptical world. Many of the older principles and methods of evangelism in the twentieth century no longer work effectively today. In a post-Christian, post-churched, post-reached world we need new methods to communicate the timeless message of the gospel in culturally relevant ways. Dr. Chan combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology on contextualization, cultural hermeneutics, and storytelling. Every chapter is illustrated with real-world examples drawn from over fifteen years of evangelistic ministry. These are methods that really work - with university students, urban workers, and high school students - getting past the defensive posture that people have toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ. Field-tested and filled with unique, fresh, and creative insights, this book will equip you to share the gospel in today's world and help as many people as possible hear the good news about Jesus.

Evangelism in a Skeptical World Video Study

How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable

Evangelism in a Skeptical World Video Study

Evangelism in a Skeptical World Video Study, presented by speaker and evangelist Sam Chan, is an ideal training tool on evangelism, equipping believers with the principles and skills needed to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in today's skeptical world.

How to Talk about Jesus (Without Being That Guy)

Personal Evangelism in a Skeptical World

How to Talk about Jesus (Without Being That Guy)

Most Christians know they should be trying to tell their friends and family about Jesus. But in a post-Christendom world, personal evangelism is viewed negatively--it's offensive, inappropriate, and insensitive. Recent studies confirm that the majority of Christians rarely evangelize, worried they might offend their family or lose their friends. In How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being That Guy), author Sam Chan equips everyday Christians who are reluctant and nervous to tell their friends about Jesus with practical, tested ways of sharing their faith in the least awkward ways possible. Drawing from over two decades of experience as an evangelist, teacher, and pastor, Chan explains why personal evangelism feels so awkward today. And utilizing recent insights from communication theory, cross-cultural ministry, and apologetics, he helps you build confidence in sharing your faith, and teaches you how to evangelize your friends and family in socially appropriate ways.

A Case Study in Contextualization

The History of the German Church Growth Association 1985–2003

A Case Study in Contextualization

The content of the gospel never changes; however, communicating it constantly fluctuates. Conveying the gospel to a homeless, hungry woman may include providing a hot bowl of chili, while an agnostic co-worker might be open after several rounds of golf. The message is the same, but the method of communicating it is as wide and varied as life itself. Finding the correct method is like hitting the sweet spot on a tennis racket or golf club. It takes time, study, and practice, but once you find it you have more success. The sweet spot in missions is called contextualization and involves much more than learning a new language. It means knowing a country's religious, political, and social conditions. Correct theology, financial backing, and language acquisition are meaningless without contextualization. This book tells the story of a German organization struggling to contextualize the gospel in a very hostile environment. Its mission was to revive a dying church, characterized by centuries-old religious pride and pluralism. This study details the challenges of faithfully communicating the gospel in a post-Christian culture and serves as a study to enable missionaries to recognize and respond to cultural issues affecting the contextualization process.

Introduction to Evangelism

Introduction to Evangelism

'The evangelistic mandate', says Alvin Reid, 'is central to the mission of the church in any age'. In this important new book, Reid traces the essence of evangelism -- its history and character -- teaching Christians how to preach the Gospel effectively. Using methods built upon biblical, historical, and theological foundations, this exhaustive guide integrates doctrinal issues with practical matters of methodology, while developing the personal spirituality of those who seek to carry out the Great Commission. By recognizing the timeless aspects of the evangelistic task and adapting them to today's needs and the needs of the future, Reid gives Christians the tools they need to spread the Word with assurance at the dawn of the new millennium.

The Problem of God

Answering a Skeptic’s Challenges to Christianity

The Problem of God

The Problem of God is written by a skeptic who became a Christian and then a pastor, all while exploring answers to the most difficult questions raised against Christianity. Growing up in an atheistic home, Mark Clark struggled through his parents' divorce, acquiring Tourette syndrome and OCD in his teen years. After his father's death, he began a skeptical search for truth through science, philosophy, and history, eventually finding answers in Christianity. In a disarming, winsome, and persuasive way, The Problem of God responds to the top ten God questions of our present age, including: Does God even exist? What do we do with Christianity's violent history? Is Jesus just another myth? Can the Bible be trusted? Why should we believe in Hell anymore today? The book concludes with Christianity's most audacious assertion: how should we respond to Jesus' claim that he is God and the only way to salvation.

The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics

Surveying the Evidence for the Truth of Christianity

The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics

The perfect combination of scholarship and accessible presentation for Christians who desire to know how to better understand and defend their faith. Bestselling authors Ed Hindson and Ergun Caner have brought together a who's who of apologetic experts—including Lee Strobel, Norm Geisler, Josh McDowell, and John Ankerberg—to produce a resource that's both easy to understand and comprehensive in scope. Every entry provides a biblical perspective and mentions the key essentials that believers need to know about a wide variety of apologetic concerns, including... issues concerning God, Christ, and the Bible scientific and historical controversies ethical matters (genetic engineering, homosexuality, ecology, feminism) a Christian response to world religions and cults a Christian response to the major worldviews and philosophies of our day Included with each entry are practical applications for approaching or defending the issue at hand, along with recommendations for additional reading on the subject.

Conversational Evangelism

How to Listen and Speak So You Can Be Heard

Conversational Evangelism

Witnessing used to involve laying out the truth and guiding a person to understand and accept it. But the awareness of basic Christian principles has changed and so have the needs of pre-believers. With a passion for people, authors David and Norman Geisler share an engaging, conversational approach to evangelism as they address: What makes old models of witnessing ineffective in today's culture Why evangelism must start with relational pre-evangelism How to ask questions, listen attentively, and understand what someone believes Ways to identify the real barriers to belief in order to build a bridge to truth How to keep dialogue going with different personality types This refreshing, practical resource is ideal for churches and individuals. Readers will discover how God uses their everyday encounters for great things when they switch from trying to witness effectively to effectively being a witness through communication and compassion.

Apologetic Preaching

Proclaiming Christ to a Postmodern World

Apologetic Preaching

Craig Loscalzo gives down-to-earth advice on how to communicate clearly and compellingly to a world that does not want to hear about morality, sin, evil, judgment or commitment. He gives straightforward explanations of the changes taking place all around us, including brief sample sermons in each chapter.

John the Evangelist: a Message to the Saints

John the Evangelist: a Message to the Saints

John the Evangelist: A message to the Saints John took the time to write his gospel long after the other gospels had been written and before the critical challenges to the Christian Church came after the first century. John was unique in his relationship to Christ. As a young man, he knew Jesus from the time he was baptized. He must have even known him before the baptism since his mother and Jesus mother, Mary, were sisters. Jesus was near thirty years old when John was yet a teen age boy. Had John known Jesus he undoubtedly would have been impressed with his older cousin and would have known of Jesus life before he started his mission. Johns presence at the wedding in Cana is a good example of that relationship. At the later of Johns life, he saw the fruits of Jesus ministry as the gospel was spread throughout the world. John saw the threats to the infant church and prepared a gospel that would keep the doctrine pure. Johns Gospel served as a stalwart testimony in defending the beliefs of the Christian Church. He knew what the needs of the Saints would be down through the centuries and prepared us for the doctrinal threats. Because of the uniqueness of his writing it is analyzed as a nearly independent message, in an attempt to understand Johns message clearly. No particular secular doctrine of Christian Church philosophy is to be proven or purposefully supported. An attempt is made to understand John, as he intended, by analyzing the verses he has written one by one, just as one would read the scriptures in a study class. At times the study looks forward or back for support of his writing, but few references are made to other scriptures outside Johns writing and the investigation is limited to what John wrote. External references are used to clarity the translation and historical accuracy. Obviously, this work can only be accomplished with the support of the Holy Ghost, and this book is a simple attempt to use the spiritual power available to us to understand and learn. Many may say that this is a fool hearty attempt since they have had unreliable experiences in working with the spirit. On the other hand, if the writings are spiritual then the spirit can best interpret them for us. Great insight has been obtained by this approach and is available to the reader to strengthen him as John intended. First and foremost Johns writing is a testimony of Jesus the Christ as the Savior of the World. John was with Jesus from the beginning of his ministry and through the final persecution. To be with Christ, as John was, is to look at the Savior through his eyes. We can see as John saw all that took place with Jesus. We are well aware that Jesus was of a earthly mother and a Godly Father. The impact of this dichotomy is seldom discussed as John brings it forth. Just how human was Jesus? Did he really see and feel as another human might? Johns gospel takes us through Jesus life and experiences as we learn just how human he was. He obeyed his mother at Cana even thought he would have preferred not to. Jesus wept for Lazarus although he had the power to avoid the grief. Jesus human traits and how they changed through his experiences are discussed. Knowing that he was human, and suffered as a human, brings the Savior so much closer to us and removes any ambiguity that Jesus is the Christ. John was at Jesus baptism. He saw the Baptist take Jesus into the water and when he emerged he saw the sign of the dove as an indication of the Holy Ghost and the voice of the Father as he spoke. John was a young man and he wrote as he witnessed. With the signs that were displayed came the realization by the Baptist that this was indeed the Savior that he had prepared his whole life to baptize. How important it was that Jesus be baptized and that the Baptist was there to perform it. No one on earth had the power or authority to baptize the Savior. One can only imagine the happiness of t