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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Share a Link to an nonbeliever to your church online service.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am busy today teaching class online for seminary students overseas.  This is by Robert Chamberlain.  His blog be found here, here and here!  Yes he blogs in three places!  Go check out his page and give his blogs a follow!

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:2‭-‬6 NIVUK

https://bible.com/bible/113/col.4.2-6.NIVUK

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Mark J. Farnham. Every Believer Confident: Apologetics for the Ordinary Christian.  Sisters, OR: Deep Rive Books, January 31st 2020. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a beginner’s introduction to apologetics without the book being too heavily laden with philosophy?  This book would be for you.  I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  The author Mark Farnham is a graduate from Westminster Theological Seminary’ doctoral program in apologetics, home of where the father of Presuppositional apologetics taught at.  But don’t let that intimidate you, Farnham writes in a style that is aimed for the “ordinary Christian” which I appreciated very much.  One thing that stood out to me in this book is the author’s humility even in the beginning of the book.  He admit his own struggle in the past with fear and also lack of confidence to evangelize.  I appreciate that, since he’s modeling what godliness looks like in apologetics which including admitting your weakness but also trusting in God for help.

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For those who are not strangers of this blog you will know I do a lot of my evangelism offline and on college campuses.  I don’t think I talk about my evangelism much but I do from time to time on here.  In the post I have written “ and gave my account of an “Intellectually Bipolar Secular Humanist College Student on Sexuality.”

This morning I read Lee’s post on his blog titled “Wonderful News! 28 States Act to Restore Free Speech on Campus.”  This was wonderful news for me to hear.

Most of the time my evangelism does not face any problems with authorities.  But that doesn’t mean it never happen so the more clarity and laws there are protecting campus freedom of speech the better.

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Ray Comfort. What Did Jesus Do?: A Call to Return to the Biblical Gospel.  Bartlesville, OK: Genesis Publishing Group, July 25th 2005. 176 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a good book on how to evangelize.  This is written by Ray Comfort, who is quite an evangelist himself.  I love Ray Comfort’s own personal example of being an evangelist.  He wrote this book in an manner that is easy to understand and also practical.  Today’s contemporary church is often filled with bad doctrines and light on the Gospel so there’s a crisis with how Christians evangelize today in a manner that is unbiblical and unfaithful to God and the Gospel.  So this work is much needed.  I personally got this book as part of a discipleship tool with some of our guys in church to train them to think not only biblically about evangelism but to live it out.

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Note: This is a guest post by Dan Cartwright.  He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years.  His blog can be found here.  He also tweets.

“Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials Say Evangelism Is Wrong”

The above statement is the title of a 5 February, 2019 article published by the Barna Group. It caught my attention immediately when I read it and just as quickly prompted the question “What does it really mean?” So I read the article. Here’s some background context from the article:

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I know some of you on WordPress has been moved by the post “Sharing (Re-blogging, Social Media) Is Caring” to reblog other posts.

This post is similar to that spirit; but different in application.

I wrote a guest post for the blog God’s Grace, God’s Glory!  Fran Rogers blogs there and her blog is worth the follow for biblical contents.  In addition she has also written books with biblical truths.  I have reviewed one of her books here.

For the guest post I wrote on her blog click HERE.

 

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Note: This is a guest post by Dan Cartwright.  He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years.  His blog can be found here.  He also tweets.

What follows below is part two of a two part series!  The first post was on Monday.

Starting a Conversation 

In a previous post titled “What is Evangelism?”, the following definition of what it means ‘to evangelize’ was presented: 

To evangelize is to present Christ Jesus to sinful people in order that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they may come to put their trust in God through Him.” 

The article proposed that this definition defined four important aspects of personal evangelism: 

  1. It defines the mission of the evangelist– “to present Christ”. 
  2. It defines theprimary audience for the gospel message – “sinful people”. 
  3. It defines the problem the gospel message addresses – “our sin”.
  4. It defines the power behind both the gospel message and the response to that message – the Holy Spirit, thus establishing the sovereignty of God in the salvation of men.

Armed with the above definition, and with a burden for a lost loved one, friend, or even a perfect stranger, you are ready to go. How does it start?  

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Note: This is a guest post by Dan Cartwright.  He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years.  His blog can be found here.  He also tweets.

What follows below is part one of a two part series!  The second post will be scheduled on Monday.

What is Evangelism?

Many people use the word evangelism in different ways. However, what does the Bible say about this important word? When we look to Scripture, we run into a problem: there is no direct-equivalent word for our English word evangelism in the New Testament. Its origin is rooted in three Greek words:

euangelion—“gospel”—to describe what is said (Mark 1:14–15)

euangelistes—“evangelist”—to describe the person who is telling the gospel (Acts 21:8; Eph. 4:11)

euangelizo— “to proclaim the gospel”—to describe the activity of telling the gospel (Rom. 10:15).

Evangelism, then, is the English term for the act of communicating the gospel, an act conveyed in the New Testament by the verb euangelizo (‘to bring good news’).[i]

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Someone asked a question: “Anyone have any recommendations on good conversation starters with an unbeliever?”

Here’s my answer:

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(For more about the meme check out this post)

On social media someone asked:

What are some of the ways you are sharing the gospel locally with presuppositional apologetics?

While the context was about actively applying Presuppositional apologetics to sharpen one’s skill I think the question could also be applicable concerning biblical evangelism method in general too.

Here’s my quick thoughts expanding on my original comment:

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George Saieg is a Sudanese Christian.  Over a decade ago I’ve witnessed alongside with him and some of the things that Muslims have done to him or attempt to do to him are just crazy.

Here’s a video on more practical pointers on how to witness to a Muslim.

Most of the suggestions are more practical points and cultural awareness.

If you are interested check out our past series Index to Veritas Domain’s Islamic Marathon Week especially with our WITNESSING TO MUSLIMS: THE QURANIC VIEW OF THE BIBLE.

 

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few days ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is 2 Corinthians 5:11.  Here’s my translation:

Εἰδότες οὖν τὸν φόβον τοῦ κυρίου ἀνθρώπους πείθομεν
Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord we persuade men

θεῷ δὲ πεφανερώμεθα
and we are manifested to God

ἐλπίζω δὲ ‹+ καὶ ἐν ταῖς συνειδήσεσιν ὑμῶν +› πεφανερῶσθαι”
And I hope also in your conscience to be manifested

Here’s some observation:

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Currently away at the moment.  This is a guest review by Dan C.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his website can be found at The Battle Cry.  Check it out.

Presuppositional Apologetics and Personal Evangelism

Sounds rather ominous, doe it not? Really deep stuff! Well, not necessarily. First, let’s define our terms.

“Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews. It claims that apart from presuppositions, one could not make sense of any human experience, and there can be no set of neutral assumptions from which to reason with a non-Christian”.[i]

 “To evangelize is to present Christ Jesus to sinful people in order that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they may come to put their trust in God through Him.”[ii]

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This is a video by Global Frontiers Missions titled “State of the World / The Task Remaining.”

It is an insightful video concerning the task of missions.

It made me have a burden not only for the lost but specifically for in countries that require creative access to those countries and areas to reach the lost.

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