(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
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
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:
The Creation, Constitution and Fall of man and Jesusí
Complete Salvation for man.
Who Jesus Christ is and His Claims about Himself.
How to communicate the Gospel to others and bring them to
commitment in Jesus using the tract What Is Eternal Life?
What the necessary Ingredients for Christian Conversion
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.
How to develop and communicate oneís testimony of salvation
How to be an effective witness on the job.
The different kinds of Evangelism there are and when they
are to be used.
What Holy Spirit led Evangelism is and is not.
Ethics in Evangelism.
Several case examples of Evangelism on the field.
Finally, the cost required to be an effective consistent
witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In SALVATION the
Basic Textbook teaches the student:
What the Bible teaches about manís fall and why man cannot
Why God the Son had to be fully God and fully man to save
us from our sins.
Why we must be born again to be saved.
Why Jesus is the ONLY Way to God.
Why Jesus is our final and only High Priest and why in
light of this the Levitical Priesthood was done away with permanetely.
Why Jesusí Salvation is received through faith alone, not
by any works of ours.
How Jesusí salvation for our sins makes us perfect in Godís
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
"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