Tip of the Day: Evangelism


When sharing the gospel with someone that seems to be strongly relationship-oriented (this is prominent among post-moderns), define sin in terms of broken relationship with God (aliens and enemies) and salvation in terms of reconciliation to Him through the bloody death of His own Son.

See Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

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  1. #1 by rjperalta on February 7, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Amen. Sin is The Barrier that keeps us from God. Separation is very important to present to the sinner.
    Thanks for the tips,
    Richard

  2. #2 by klaqua on February 8, 2009 - 1:54 am

    Or use the 10 commandments to show what sin really is. I have been blessed by the Way of the Master teaching and can tell from my own experience that it doesn’t matter what worldview the person has that you are sharing with if you use the tools that we have given in the bible!
    I challenge you to watch 2 or 3 episodes and put what it teaches into practice and you will find it doesn’t matter who you are talking to:
    http://www.gofishdouglasville.com/?page_id=389

  3. #3 by clearly on February 8, 2009 - 6:31 am

    klaqua,

    I too enjoy using the 10 commandments; it’s usually one of my default modes for sharing the gospel. My point is simply this: God has given us multiple pictures of sin and multiple pictures of its solution. When someone is a relational person, I’m of the opinion that we should frame our whole discussion of sin and salvation in terms of relationship. This can be done by using the law as well…

  4. #4 by Chris Walker on February 8, 2009 - 7:25 am

    Great tip.

    Defining sin as broken relationship can then lead to the discussion of what sin is using the 10 commandments.

    The broken relationships are the result of sinful actions some of which are in the 10 commandments.

    But as Clearly wrote there are more than just the 10 commandments. Some cultures don’t even know what those are, so there needs to be other bridges into the culture.

    Chris W
    EvangelismCoach.org

  5. #5 by Nathan on February 11, 2009 - 7:20 am

    good tips. I am not sure if you are talking about witnessing to Christians who recognize a postmodern world view shift or actual postmoderns. If you are talking about witnessing to postmoderns you actually cannot start there because the bible is not authoritative. So you can’t start with the scriptures, you have to start at a deeper place.

  6. #6 by clearly on February 11, 2009 - 7:54 am

    Nathan,

    Why witness to Christians? I am speaking of sharing Christ with unbelievers who have at least post-modern tendencies.

    I have found that so often we discuss post-modernism at the academic level and are then surprised when individuals in post-modern pop-culture don’t think or believe how we expect them to think or believe. Oftentimes post-modernism’s effects on everyday-culture are not as severe as we expect — oftentimes, these individuals are just looking for what is genuine, what is significant, and they long for relationships.

    With any individual, the Bible and its contents must be used. I’m enough of a presuppositionalist to think that because all individuals have conscience and some innate knowledge of God, and if the Holy Spirit is working, then the story of broken relationship with God (confirmed by their conscience) and the story of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice to restore that relationship will be unshakable for them.

  7. #7 by dikayo on February 11, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Hi;

    Without the Law (10 Commandments) a sinner wont understand what SIN really is. And without knowing that we have sinned and we stand condemned before a Holy God, salvation and grace just wont make sense.

    We have to first, bring knowledge of sin by using the Law and once that the sinner sees the exceedingly sinfulness of his sins, then and only then share the grace of God thru Jesus.

    “You broke God’s Law (10 Commandments) but Jesus paid your fine in His life’s blood” is a phrase that works because people understand it.

    Then preach repentance and faith in Christ.

    Thanks for reading.

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