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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 1, Chapter 4

Necessary Ingredients of an
Evangelism Training Program

Page 2 of Pages 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

Concerning APOLOGETICS the Apostle Peter commanded,

"But Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." (1 Pet 3:15).

The word defense in Greek is apologia (apologia)45 from the Greek word apologeomai (apologeami) meaning A positive offense for the Christian not a negative defense.34/1 Apologetics is giving honest answers to honest questions about the validity of the Christian faith. Many Christians shun this area of discipline in there witness saying it is a lack of faith to ask questions. Francis A. Schaeffer in his book, 2 Contents, 2 Realities responded to this attitude in the following manner,

"Evangelicals can fall into something which really is not very far from existential theology without knowing it. One form of such evangelical existentialism is the attitude, if not the words, Donít ask questions, just believe. This sort of attitude was always wrong, but it is doubly wrong today when we are surrounded with a monolithic consensus which divides reason from nonreason and always puts religious things in the area of non-reason. We must call each other away from this idea. It is not more spiritual to believe without asking questions. It is not more Biblical. It is less Biblical and eventually it will be less spiritual, because the whole man will not be involved. Consequently, in our Evangelism, in our personal work, in our young peopleís work, in our ministry wherever we are, those of us who are preachers and are preaching, those of us who are teachers and are teaching, and those of us who are evangelists must be absolutely determined not to fall into the trap of saying or implying, donít ask questions, just believe. It must be the whole man who comes to understand that the Gospel is truth and believes because he is convinced on the basis of good and sufficient reason that it is truth."37/8

The problem is not a lack of faith on the part of the prospective convert, but a lack of love on the part of the person witnessing. What I mean by a lack of love is the unwillingness to love man deeply enough to do the work of research necessary to give the individual the answers he needs so that his faith can be released to surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord. The alternative is eternal hell. Christianity does have the answers to all the questions and can be found for the person willing to pay the price to find them. If we really care about the salvation of men the discipline of apologetics is not an option in our witnessing to men. It is an absolute necessity according to the Apostle Peter, and a very necessary part of any truly serious Evangelism Training Program.

Because teaching and training Christians the importance of EVANGELISM, what SALVATION is, what it means to be Jesusí DISCIPLE, and basic principles of APOLOGETICS are clear commands of Scripture, we can be assured that we are being led of the Holy Spirit when we include them in the development of a Laymanís Evangelism Program.

This Basic Textbook more than satisfies these four teaching requirements of a Basic Training Program. This material has been developed out of 30 years of weekly Evangelism, Discipleship and Apologetic work on the field and in the classroom.

In the area of EVANGELISM this Basic Textbook teaches the student:

  1. The Creation, Constitution and Fall of man and Jesusí Complete Salvation for man.

  2. Who Jesus Christ is and His Claims about Himself.

  3. How to communicate the Gospel to others and bring them to commitment in Jesus using the tract What Is Eternal Life?

  4. What the necessary Ingredients for Christian Conversion Are.

  5. The Importance of Prayer before Evangelism, what one needs to pray for in preparation for Evangelism and how to pray for these things before going out on the field developed from 30 years of battle on the field.

  6. How to develop and communicate oneís testimony of salvation clearly.

  7. How to be an effective witness on the job.

  8. The different kinds of Evangelism there are and when they are to be used.

  9. What Holy Spirit led Evangelism is and is not.

  10. Ethics in Evangelism.

  11. Several case examples of Evangelism on the field.

  12. Finally, the cost required to be an effective consistent witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In SALVATION the Basic Textbook teaches the student:

  1. What the Bible teaches about manís fall and why man cannot save Himself.

  2. Why God the Son had to be fully God and fully man to save us from our sins.

  3. Why we must be born again to be saved.

  4. Why Jesus is the ONLY Way to God.

  5. Why Jesus is our final and only High Priest and why in light of this the Levitical Priesthood was done away with permanetely.

  6. Why Jesusí Salvation is received through faith alone, not by any works of ours.

  7. How Jesusí salvation for our sins makes us perfect in Godís eyes.

  8. How What Is Eternal Life? adequately communicates these truths on the field.

*My reason for choosing to use a tract like What Is Eternal Life?47 in this basic school of Evangelism is not because I think it is the Only way to approach Evangelism. In aggressive planned Evangelism, I find it is the best way to approach Evangelism. The goal of Evangelism is to explain to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. When witnessing to a co-worker on the job or a long time associate, I will share with them my life and how events in my life led me to Jesus and His Salvation. But when I go out to witness to a total stranger I will in most cases never see again, my primary goal is to communicate to that person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one clearly in a way so that when I leave, even if he is not ready at that moment to give his life to Jesus, when he is ready he will know what to do and how to receive Jesus Christ into his heart.

Using an Evangelism Tract makes this possible. First, it keeps the focus on Jesus. It keeps you on the message of the Gospel and prevents the listener from getting you side tracked to issues not related to the Gospel. Second, it keeps the presentation of the Gospel simple, concise and to the point. Third, not only is the person hearing the Gospel but sees it communicated on paper and thus brings into involvement more of his senses than just his hearing. The more senses that are involved in your presenting the Gospel, the better the person will remember what you communicated later. Fourth, using a tract gives you something you can leave with the person so that when he or she is ready to receive Jesus, they have something in their hands that will tell them how to do it. Fifth, not only will the tract tell them how to receive Jesus, but will give them assurance of Salvation, explain to them the importance of discipleship training and their need to contact someone like yourself to get the necessary discipleship training in Jesus they will need and will explain to them the importance of fellowship and getting involved faithfully in a body of believers. Finally, you can leave your name, address and phone number on the Evangelism Tract so that when they do make that decision, they will know how to get in touch with you for follow-up and discipleship training when they make the decision to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives.

When I talk about the benefits of a planned presentation, I am not just talking from intellectual pursuit, I am talking from 30 years of field experience using Evangelism Tracts in aggressive Evangelism on the college campus, in juvenile detention centers, on the islands of Hawaii, in city malls, door to door and at any other place it has proven appropriate for the situation. The tract I wrote, What Is Eternal Life?, was written as a result of the needs I was seeing being expressed in sharing the Gospel on the field. It was a three year project, started in 1989, to begin with and has been revised several times since then (present copyright 1999) developed and perfected in the process of presenting the Gospel to people on the field. Chapters 1, 3 and 4 explains in detail its complete value as a tool for Evangelism on or off the field.

During these 30 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 you shared the Gospel with me through a tract you left with me. I thought about what you shared with me for several months. Then one day I pulled out the tract you gave me, reread it, prayed the sinners prayer in the back and gave my life to Jesus. I have been walking with Him ever since."

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