Here is the final installment of my Confident Evangelism class. For all the class videos, click here.
Evangelism to Muslims? The whitest of the white fields ready for harvest. We Christians with financial means must invest in Muslim evangelism, or be found wanting on the Day of Judgment. It’s that serious.
Even though I talk about how atheism is one of my favorites to confront in evangelism, for some reason I felt completely off kilter in this lesson until about 3/4 the way through. Maybe you won’t notice it.
Evangelism to the atheist is unique in certain ways, so there is a different flavor to this approach from other religions.
When we talk to the atheist, we must do the heavy and difficult work of showing them, from 10,000 different angles, how impossible and illogical it is to posit a lack of the eternal Being of God. This isn’t easy, not because it takes a huge brain to do it, but rather because the atheist has fallen into a pit of deep, dark snares within his or her own mind. A total logical failure cannot be embraced without an awesome mental ability to enforce it upon one’s own mind and heart. In other words, self delusion through moral suppression of the light of reality.
Sin. That enemy and closest companion of every mortal human. Sin can corrupt and twist our minds until we cannot see the sun shining at noon day in a cloudless sky. Watch the video, and see if you follow. Comments are open. Workbook is here.
They’re the wily sect that everyone loves to avoid. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are an apocalyptic religion hunkered down awaiting the violent end to history, hoping their obedience to the Watchtower organization will earn them Jehovah’s favor and protection during Armageddon – but who has time to learn all about their mass of unique perspectives? Can we share the truth with a JW without a PhD in their doctrines?
This lesson is my best attempt to equip you with a confident course of action, without bogging you down in historical details. Give it a shot!
An added bonus in this episode is that we had a special guest in class – an ex-JW named Natalie, who kindly bore witness (punny of me to say) to my information, and added her perspective at certain points.
This is the newest class video in our confident evangelism course – a dovetail to last week’s class on Roman Catholicism. Oftentimes it feels like evangelicalism is the new kid on the block in church history, but the best of our tradition is the tradition of the ancient church – and this should inform our confidence in evangelism. Enjoy.
My favorite cameraman and editor graciously set up his equipment to allow me to film a little supplementary material for our ongoing evangelism class. Several class members asked me to hit on a few questions that I had to skip during our class sessions due to time constraints.
Well, here you go. Now you can pause and play as you watch, filling in your workbooks with extra notes.
Here is Week 6: A Confident Answer to Roman Catholicism.
The issue between the Reformation and Roman Catholicism is deeply complex, and easily overwhelming. Many Protestants and Romanists choose to wave away the differences between us as if we’re the same (we’re not), some choose to treat the other as an intractable enemy; but here in the lonely middle, some of us have a desire to find understanding, have evangelistic conversation, and to see them come to a saving knowledge of Christ in His true gospel. What’s your strategy for talking to the Romanist?
Matt Chandler, Pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, Texas, is a gospel-centered and passionate preacher of the Word of God. While I have been seriously disappointed in some of the associations in the Evangelical world that Matt has chosen to keep, his gospel preaching has remained strong. This video is his topical presentation for the release of his book The Explicit Gospel, Crossway 2012.
This is the raw rebuke of American Evangelicalism that is needed. The gospel of Christ is being forgotten and buried under a mound of moralism, self-righteousness, and even post-modern autonomy. Pastor Chandler does a great job of engaging his listeners, and relating to the young adult crowd who has mostly left the Christian church in America. I would take issue with certain terms that Matt uses, but overall he always hits the bullseye. Check this out, and share with a friend.
A word that may be too obscure and technical for people to remember anymore. Propitiation. Whoa. Paul wrote the most central text in the entire Bible when he said
God set forth [Jesus] as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Rom. 3:25-26 NKJV).
RW Glenn, pastor of Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota, gives us a brief blast of theology centered on propitiation, set to kinetic typing. Soak this in, believer, it is life and health for our souls.
Not that I am Lutheran, but I love hearing their perspective on theology (old Martin Luther was sort of the shining star of the Reformation).
Pastor Jonathan Fisk is a zealous young Lutheran pastor who uses his video blog Worldview Everlasting to impart loads of doctrinal wisdom, and to share his theological gold from his deep pockets of learning. Here he answers a Roman Catholic’s question about Romanism, and he sheds fresh light on the history, doctrine, and critical problems of that false religion.
The religion of Rome is the enemy of Christ Jesus and His gospel – and the Pope is an antichrist. Pastor Fisk explains it well:
What do you think? I think he did a great job making clear distinctions here, exposing some of the most heinous heresies of the Roman religion. I hope you’ve been helped by this.