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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 10

A Field Presentation
of the Gospel Using

What Is Eternal Life?

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Video: Value of Using "What Is Eternal Life?" in Evangelism
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Study Questions

Why do I give you a mock presentation of how to present What Is Eternal Life? (WEL) on the field? Self explanatory: To show you how to present and use WEL on the field. Second, with a few attempted diversions of the person listening to the presentation, to show you how to keep the focus on Jesus and your intended goal in presenting a tool like WEL which is to explain to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. Also, What Is Eternal Life?, the training tool for this school of evangelism, is a simplified outline of your complete presentation of the Gospel. As You share WEL you will be filling in the information between lines not given in the tract WEL. That is what this Chapter is all about, showing you how to fill in between the lines so that it becomes a complete presentation of the Gospel. Chapter 2 of Section 3 of the Basic Textbook titled "Knowing Jesus Is Eternal Life" is also a written presentation of the Gospel that follows the outline of WEL. If you have not been through the Basic Training Program, you should try to read one of these two chapters once a week during the first seven weeks of this school of Evangelism until you become so familiar with the presentation of WEL that it becomes second nature without your having to think about what you are going to say. This Chapter will give you understanding of the intent of what is being communicated in the tract What Is Eternal Life?

Until you are this familiar with your presentation of the Gospel, no matter what method you use, you will not even begin to understand what it means to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel with others. This is because until you are at a point where you are no longer thinking about what you want to say, all you will be thinking about is what you want to say. As long as you are in this stage of your development in sharing the Gospel, you will be too self-conscious to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to you while presenting the Gospel. There is no way around this stage of development in your presenting the Gospel. For this reason, more than anything else you learn in this school of evangelism, you need to master this presentation.

My beginning in training in Evangelism was Campus Crusade for Christís leadership training program in Evangelism using the Four Spiritual Laws (4SLís). I read it every day, shared it out loud in front of the mirror every day and recorded and listened to myself sharing the 4SLís every day until I knew it so well I did not have to think about what I was going to say. This is what you need to do with What Is Eternal Life? if you are serious about becoming a proficient successful witness of the love of Jesus Christ. Learning to present the Gospel well is a skill learned like any skill and is learned through repeated practice.

Your goal in presenting the Gospel is not to win arguments and prove you are more intelligent than the person you are witnessing to. Our goal in Evangelism is to explain to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. If you accomplish that in evangelism, whether the person accepts Jesus or not, you have had a successful time of witnessing. That is the purpose of using a tool like What Is Eternal Life?

A major reason why people do not know Jesus is not always a lack of desire, but simply because they do not know how to know Him and receive assurance of salvation. What Is Eternal Life? explains intelligently and Biblically what it means to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord and then how to do so. WEL also gives assurance of Salvation and then explains clearly what they need to do to grow in their relationship with Jesus once they have received Him.

When I talk about the benefits of a planned presentation like WEL, I am not just talking from intellectual pursuit alone, but also from thirty years of weekly sharing the Gospel on the field with tools like WEL on the college campus, in juvenile detention centers, on the islands of Hawaii, in city malls, in internet Chat rooms and at any other place it has proven appropriate for the situation. During these thirty years, several people have walked up to me and said, "Do you remember me?" I usually reply, "No." They then tell me, "Five years ago at. . . you shared an Evangelism Tract with me. I thought about what you shared for months and finally decided to give my life to Jesus."

When using an Evangelism Tract, you bring in many senses that speaking about the Gospel does not do alone. Besides hearing you present it, they are able also to see and read along with what you are sharing. Also, if they are not ready to receive Jesus, you can leave them with the tract so that they have something to refer to that will explain to them what to do when they are ready to receive Jesus (see Chapter 2 of this Section). Also, you can leave your name and address in the tract for them to get in touch with you when they do receive Jesus.

A MOCK PRESENTATION OF
WHAT IS ETERNAL LIFE?

What I want to do now is present you with a mock presentation of What Is Eternal Life? Recently I was witnessing with a college student at California State University of Fresno by the name of Bill (Real person, but a fictitious name). The arguments that he presented really took place. This is not one of my more difficult encounters, but it is one of the more common processes of presenting the Gospel. Despite Billís attempted distractions, I was able to get through the complete presentation of the Gospel, meaning I was able to explain to him fully what it meant to be a Christian and how to become one. Sections and Chapters mention in this Chapter refer to the Basic Textbook of Evangelism.

Page 1 Illustration

Pastor Dale P. Kruse (DPK): Hi! My name is Dale Kruse and I am out on the campus today taking a survey on this book titled: What Is Eternal Life? and I wondered if I could take a few minutes of Your time and get your honest reaction to it.

Bill (B): Sure! Go ahead.

DPK: Bill, the first page of this book asks the question "What is Eternal Life?" It states here that eternal life is knowing Jesus. Jesus Himself speaking said, "And this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (John 17:3). In this passage Jesus tells us that he does not just want us to know about Him but that He wants us to know Him personally. What does knowing Jesus mean? It means basically two things: first, It means to confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God the Father raised Him physically from the dead. The Apostle Paul wrote in the Bible, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Rom 10:9).

The Purpose of Page 1 is to establish what the Gospel is all about and that is that God seeks not our religious works, but a personal individual relationship with each one of us. Page 1 also establishes that just having an intellectual knowledge about who Jesus Christ is does not save us either. The Devil has intellectual knowledge, more than probably we do, about who Jesus is, but he is not saved. Having intellectual knowledge about who Jesus is makes us knowledgeable about Him, but as Jesus clearly established in John 17:3 that only knowing Him, coming into a personal relationship with Him, will save us and give us eternal life. This page then establishes foundationally and essentially what the Bible means by knowing Jesus and then explains what this means throughout the rest of the tract.

Page 2 Illustration

DPK: What is the significance of Jesusí Physical Resurrection? It is God proving to us absolutely that He does exist, that the Bible is His only written Word to man, that Jesus really is His only Son He sent into the World, that death, eternal separation from God, is sinís penalty, that God accepts Jesusí death in our place for our sins, and that He will give eternal life to anyone who receives His Son as Savior and Lord of their lives. The Bible tells us that over 512 people witnessed the fact of Jesusí physical resurrection; not 1 or 2 drunksí hallucination, but a well established historical fact.

The Purpose of Page 2 is first of all to establish the significance and the meaning of Jesusí Physical Resurrection and is the outline for what is discussed in the rest of the tract in explanation of page 1. However, it is more than this: it is a complete presentation of the Gospel itself. Often times on the field you will find that you are just starting to get through your presentation of the Gospel and you are cut off. This happens many times on college campuses where the person you are talking to has little time before needing to get to his or her next class, or on an outdoor mall during lunch time when the person you are talking to has to get back to work. Success in Evangelism is explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. This is hard to accomplish if you get cut off in the middle of your presentation. Sometimes people are initially curious, but as you begin to share they donít know if they want to continue. Page 2 solves this problem for you. If a person has a class or is in a hurry or not sure he wants to hear the complete tract presentation, simply ask them if they will allow you to share the first two pages, then if they have to go you can leave them with a copy of the tract to finish reading on their own later. If they are not certain about wanting to hear the complete tract presentation, once you complete sharing with them pages 1-2 you can ask them if you may continue. If they say no, that is okay because as a result of sharing pages 1-2 you have accomplished your goal and have had a successful time of presenting the Gospel which is to explain to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. You can then leave them with a copy of the tract for further study on their own.

Page 3 Illustration

DPK: Jesusí physical resurrection proves absolutely that the Bible is His only written Word to man. Jesus said, "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words." In this passage Jesus states absolutely that Moses is the author of the first five books of the Bible; that Moses was writing about Him: Jesus Christ: our God and Creator; that if we do not believe what Moses wrote about Creation in six days, about the creation of Adam and Eve, Manís Fall, Godís judgment of man through the Flood and all other recorded events in the Bible, that we will not believe His words either. Jesus further stated that Heaven and Earth will pass way but that His Words are absolute eternal truths. After Jesus rose from the dead physically alive, the Apostle John recorded:

"When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken." (John 2:22)

Even Jesusí disciples had doubts about taking the Old Testament literally, but after Jesus rose from the dead physically alive! they no longer had any doubts.

The purpose of page 3: The foundation of our faith is the BibleóGodís Word. Everything we have to share about the Gospel comes from the Word of God. If the person does not believe that the Bible is the Word of God, what we have to share with them will fall on deaf ears. Therefore the purpose of page 3 is to establish that the Judeo-Christian Bible is the Word of God and why we believe that this is true: Jesusí Physical Resurrection.

What is our proof that the Bible is Godís Word and Godís Word alone? The Physical Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was not until after Jesus rose from the dead that even His disciples took the Old Testament literally. "Come on, you donít really believe in the creation of Adam and Eve, the universal flood, and Jonah being swallowed by a large-fish do you? That is all fairy tail stuff, isnít it?" After Jesus rose Physically Alive! from the dead, His disciples no longer had any doubts.

Page 3 establishes why we believe the Bible is Godís Word; why we believe Moses is the author of the first five books of the Bible: the Torah, who Moses was writing about: Jesus Christ, thus clearly establishing that Jesus is Yehovah God our Creator in the flesh which establishes why everything Jesus said is absolutely true truth to base our lives and Salvation on. Once you have established this, they will listen with total attention and take to heart with greater intensity and seriousness everything else you share with them from the Salvation Tract.

Page 4 Illustration

DPK: Jesusí physical resurrection also proves His claims about Himself are absolutely true. Jesus claimed to be God the Son, Godís only Son, to be our Creator, that He became Man through Holy Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary, that He died on the Cross for our sins, that 3 days later He rose from the dead physically alive as absolute proof to these claims, that forty days later He ascended to Heaven and will come again physically alive to judge the living and the dead. Finally, Jesus claimed that he is the ONLY way to God. Jesus speaking said,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. . . . I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." (John 10:1, 9)

I have had Mormons many times on the field tell me they have received Jesus, but the Jesus they are talking about is not the Jesus we are talking about. The purpose of page 4 is to establish clearly what Jesus we are talking about: not the Jesus of Mormonism which teaches that Jesus was a man conceived of by Adam through Mary who was first a man that evolved into a god; and not the Jesus of Jehovah Witnesses who teach that Jesus is neither God nor man but Michael the archangel; and not the Jesus of the New Age movement and Hinduism which teaches that Jesus was just a prophet of His generation, another way to God; but the Jesus who taught that He was first God the Creator of the universe Moses talks about in Genesis, the third person of the Trinity, who at a point in time became fully man as well through Holy Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary and who taught not that He is a way to God, but the ONLY WAY to God and Salvation for our sins. Page 4 of WEL clearly establishes what Jesus we are talking about and corrects any wrong assumptions about Jesus they may have had. If when they pray to receive Jesus, they are not receiving this Jesus just described, they will not be saved.

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