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I took advantage of all my learning, training and
field experience, 43 (2012) years worth, and combined them into two
Textbooks: this one titled
(Basic Program) and
Ministry (Advanced Program).41
One of the unique qualities of these two textbooks is that they draw
upon all Biblical streams of Christianity and interrelate the
Conservative, Evangelical, Charismatic concepts of Evangelism
in the sense that Jesusí will for the Church is to seek and to save
the lost, and to seek and to save the lost by drawing men to
Himself. I mean
CHARISMATIC in the sense that in
order for our Evangelism to be effective and ministered in love that
it must be Jesus centered and be motivated out of love relationship
with Jesus. I mean
CONSERVATIVE in that our
Evangelism, Evangelistically Charismatically oriented, must be
motivated within the guidelines of Scripture and be brought into
submission to the Bible in its total context to be certain that our
Evangelism and ministering is truly Jesus centered and truly
motivated out of love relationship with Jesus.
These two Textbooks combine
these three streams of Biblical Christianity and their teaching on
Evangelism into one program. It is a more wholistic approach to
Evangelism, but you do not have to be a college graduate to go
through it and understand itís content. When I wrote it I strove to
keep it simple enough for anyone to understand but complete enough
that any Bible scholar could appreciate it and their comments after
critiquing the material confirms it. When I finished the 1983
version of this textbook three different College Professors with
doctorate degrees, all Evangelists, all published authors in
Evangelism of three different Christian faiths critiqued the
material. One said to me, I have never read anything equal to
this anywhere. Your depth and completeness are astounding. The
program was recommended to both graduate and undergraduate ministry
majors. A very nice letter was sent to me by Dr. John D. Morris of
Institute for Creation Research, the son of Dr. Henry Morris
making the following comments on this Evangelism material:
"Let me congratulate you on a
job well done. The materials are excellent tools for teaching others
about the truth of Godís Word. I am especially pleased that you
included creation evangelism in your work." ó Dr. John D. Morris,
President of ICR August 11, 1998
I have since then updated the Basic (87, 94, 97,
99, 2003, 2012) and Advanced (87, 97, 99, 2012) Textbooks and made
them an even better program than they were before. What I want to
talk about in this Chapter is what the necessary ingredients of a
Training Program in Evangelism are and how these Basic and Advanced
Training Programs of Evangelism completely fulfills all of these
What are the
of an Evangelism Training Program that will adequately equip Laymen
to do the work of Evangelism? They are:
The teaching of
Biblical Doctrine in the areas of
Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship and Apologetics.
Advanced Training in the areas of
Discernment, Counseling and Apologetics.
THE TEACHING OFBIBLICAL DOCTRINE
Robert L. Hart writes concerning the design of a
Lay Evangelism Program,
"Evangelism with the whole Gospelónot by one facet alone. This
principle implies an understanding of conversion, discipleship and
nurture. In other words, each Christian Evangelist must have a
mature and Biblical understanding of what the Gospel is."42/20
The first requirement to be an effective Christian witness is the
study of Biblical doctrine in the areas of Evangelism, Salvation,
Discipleship, and Apologetics. Paul the Apostle commands us in
2 Timothy 2:15
that we are to study to ". . . present ourselves approved to God as
a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the
word of truth."
EVANGELISM Jesus said,
"Do you not say, ĎThere are yet four months and then comes the
harvestí? Behold, I say to You, lift up your eyes, and look on the
fields, that they are white for harvest.
In this passage Jesus tells us
that the time for Evangelism is always now. Paul wrote,
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
"And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the
grace of God in vainófor He says, ĎAt the acceptable time I listened
to you, and on the day of salvation I helped youí; behold,
is Ďthe acceptable time,í behold,
ĎThe day of salvation.í"
Paul explains to us that the
acceptable time for people to come to Salvation in Christ is
therefore, the time for Evangelism is always
The only way men and women can come to saving faith in Jesus Christ
is when we take time in our weeks to go out and share the love of
Jesus Christ with them. Solomon wrote,
"He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds
will not reap." In order to bring men and women to Jesus we must
sow, water, fertilize and weed and the only way this is done is when
we plan and make time to go out and share the love of Jesus Christ
with men; otherwise, Solomon says if we do not sow, we will not
reap. Jesus said the time for Evangelism is
Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came up
and spoke to them, saying, ĎAll authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth.
GO THEREFORE and make disciples
of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the
Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
SALVATION Paul told Timothy,
1 Timothy 4:16
"Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in
these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for
yourself and for those who hear you."
Dr. Bill Bright in his book,
How You Can Be Sure You Are A Christian
tells us that the salvation experience involves the intellect, will,
and then emotions.55 In order to respond to the Gospel a
person must first understand what the Gospel is clearly,
intellectually. Therefore in order to lead a person into salvation
we must first have a clear understanding of what the basic message
of the Gospel is.
explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to
Often times the reason Christian Laymen are not able
to lead others to Christ is because they cannot articulate what it
means to be a Christian and how to become one. This is the first job
of Training in Evangelism. This is what led James Kennedy to develop
He told his congregation they needed to get out and share their
faith. The problem was they did not know how. In answer to the
problem James Kennedy fulfilled his calling in Ephesians 4:11-13 by
developing a program of Evangelism called
to teach them how to. The end result is that not only his Church but
hundreds of Churches using his program all over the country and the
world have led thousands of men and women to Christ because the
Laymen have been trained how too.
Paul commands us in
1 Timothy 4:16
to know clearly what constitutes salvation not only to assure our
own but in order to assure the salvation of the person we are
witnessing too. Therefore any effective Program of Evangelism must
first start with training the individual in what the Gospel is and
then how to communicate it to others.
DISCIPLESHIP Jesus commanded,
28:18-20 "All authority has been given to
Me in heaven and on earth.
and MAKE DISCIPLES
of all the nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching
them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you
always, even to the end of the age."
Evangelism is not
just explaining to a person what it means to be a Christian and how
to become one, but once they accept Jesus, it is then teaching them
what it means to be Jesusí Disciple.
This leads us to two questions: What does it
mean to be Jesusí disciple, and, how do we go about teaching a new
Christian to be Jesusí disciple? The word here in the Greek for
(mathetuo) meaning to make a disciple, to train in
discipleship.44 Jesus gives the answer to what it
means to be His
disciple in the Gospel of
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Jesus
tells us in this passage that being His disciple means learning to
discern what is truly His voice and then obeying what He commands us
Training therefore is teaching a Christian
how to discern what is truly Jesusí voice to him in the different
areas of his life and then encouraging him or her to obey what Jesus
commands them to do. According to
this involves teaching the new Christian all that Jesus commanded as
given in the New Testament. For this reason to have an effective
Evangelism Training Program, one must not only teach clearly what
the Gospel is, but also what it means to be Jesusí disciple and how
to teach it to others.
APOLOGETICS the Apostle Peter
1 Peter 3:15 "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."
in Greek is
(apologia)45 from the Greek
(apologeami) meaning A positive offense
for the Christian not a negative defense.34/1
is giving honest answers to honest questions about the validity of
the Christian faith. It is also
explaining how we know that what the Bible teaches is true and is
truly Godís Word, Godís Holy Word alone. 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
is, what it means to be Jesusí
and basic principles of
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 an Evangelism Training Program.
This Basic Textbook more than
satisfies these four teaching requirements of a Basic Training
Program. This material has been developed out of 43 years of weekly
Evangelism, Discipleship and Apologetic work on the field and in the
In the area of
EVANGELISM this Basic Textbook teaches the student:
The Creation, Constitution and Fall of man and
Complete Salvation for man and how to receive that salvation.
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
What the necessary Ingredients for Christian Conversion Are.
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 43 years of battle on the field.
How to develop and communicate oneís testimony of salvation clearly.
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.
the Basic Textbook teaches the student:
My reason for
choosing to use a tract like
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.
What the Bible teaches about manís fall and why man cannot save Himself.
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 permanently.
Why Jesusí Salvation is received through faith alone, not by any works of
How Jesusí salvation for our sins makes us perfect in Godís eyes.
adequately communicates these truths on the field.
Using a Salvation 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. The tract also provides you with a
way to 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 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 43 years of field experience using
Salvation 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,
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 2012) developed and perfected in the
process of presenting the Gospel to people on the field.
Chapters 2, -9-
and -10- in this Section,
Chapter 2 of Section 3 and all of
Section 6 explain in detail its
complete value as a tool for Evangelism on or off the field.
During these 43 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
this Basic Textbook teaches the student:
What Discipleship is and how to Disciple a New Christian.
The Nature of Spiritual Warfare
and the Nature of the Flesh.
How we relate to Jesus for the answer to our
The Importance of
in the Word of God.
The Importance of
Weekly Fellowship in a
How to successfully manage
their time during the week so they can also include at least two
hours a week to go out and share their faith with others.
What the Bible teaches about the
Constitution and Personality development of man.
How to Discern What is Truly
How to Know and Succeed in Jesusí Plan for Your
Forgiveness Daily and how to teach this to others.
The Different Kinds of
Faith that there are and the Faith that pleases God.
What it means to
Love Jesus with all
your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.
The Cost of Discipleship and what walking with Jesus
Principles of Discipleship are very important in
an Evangelism Training Program because most Christianís problems
that are binding them up can be traced to a lack of knowledge or
practice of one or more basic Biblical discipleship concepts. The
training in this Basic Textbook of Evangelism will give the trainee
the ability to communicate these principles simply and clearly to
the person being counseled on the field.
this Basic Textbook covers
Claims of Jesus Christ and
The Nature of God
which addresses and corrects most of the Christological heresies
taught by many leading Christian cults in America today.
How we know who is the Only True God and
that the Bible is His
Only Written Word to man.
The Bibleís Teaching on the
Constitution of Man verses
Witnessing ethics: what and what not to do in Evangelism.
The Issue of
Predestination verses the Importance of
The different ways in which we determine what is
and how the Bible meets these criteria.
The reliability of Old and New Testament manuscripts.
Evidence for Mosesí authorship of the
Why Genesis and Evolution are not compatible.
Evidence for the
Literal-Historical Reliability of the
Bible Godís Word in the areas of
Old Testament Prophetic predictions concerning Jesus
and His fulfillment of them, amazing fulfilled prophecies in the
past fifty years and Hebrew Codes.
Testimonies of Evangelism on the field that deal with tough
questions one encounters on the field.
The literal absolute reality and existence of
Quick Reference sheets for the
Internet and any
other kind of Evangelism on the field.
When sharing the Gospel with a
non Christian, just sharing the simple Gospel may not be enough to
release the individualís faith to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord
because of false assumptions about the validity of the teaching of
Scripture or the Christian faith. Jesus said that knowing the truth
will set a person free (John 8:32). In order for a personís faith to
be released these strongholds of the mind, as Paul calls them (2 Cor
10:3-5), must be removed. This is the discipline of Apologetics. In
this Basic Textbook the student is taught what most of the major
arguments are against Christianity and the Bible Godís Word and how
to respond to these negative assertions in a way that will release
the faith of the person being witnessed to so that they see that
Jesus really is the only answer to their life and needs and that the
Bible really is the absolute Word of God and absolutely reliable to
base life and society on. Again, the teachings of Apologetics in
this textbook were developed as a result of 43 years of ongoing
weekly Evangelism on the field and the questions encountered on the
field as current as the copyright of this book. As a result,
Chapters in this Basic Textbook on Apologetics cover and answer most
of the questions one will encounter on the field. All of this
Apologetic material is also the result of 43 years of reading and
research by the author to find these answers and so is fully
documented in each case covered.
To lead a person to Jesus
1. First, Explaining to a
person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one which
2. Second, teaching a New
Christian how to discern what is truly Jesusí voice to him in the
different areas of his life and then encouraging him or her to obey
what Jesus tells them to do which is
3. And third, giving honest
answers to honest questions about the validity of the Christian
faith which is
This Basic textbook on
Evangelism, Salvation, Discipleship and Apologetics gives the
Christian more than an adequate foundation in these four areas for
successful Evangelism and any Ministry work.
The second stage to becoming
an effective Christian witness is learning how to communicate the
Gospel to each other in class in a non-hostile environment until one
can do it comfortably and unselfconsciously. Some people feel this
is putting the Holy Spirit into a box, but 43 years of Evangelism
and discipleship training have taught me that a person cannot even
begin to understand what it means to be led of the Holy Spirit in
Evangelism or Ministry until he first overcomes his self
consciousness and self-focus. The student cannot overcome his
self-consciousness and self-focus until he becomes so familiar with
the message that he no longer needs to think about what he is going
to say and how he is coming across. This is accomplished in this
Basic Training Program through seven weeks of in class practice of
sharing the Gospel with other Christians before ever going out on
the field and sharing the Gospel with a total stranger. During this
time the student does go on the field, but only as an observer to
learn from an experienced Christian witness, not actually engaging
himself in witnessing.
Evangelism is a skill
learned like any skill
and is perfected through
states, "In all labor there is
When a student is well prepared for Evangelism he finds
it enjoyable. When he is not prepared and does not know what to say,
he becomes embarrassed on the field and develops a hatred for
Evangelism, leaves it, and then becomes next to impossible to
recruit for further Evangelism in the future. He argues as follows:
I do not have the gift of Evangelism! I believe in Friendship
Evangelism. I only believe in Holy Spirit led Evangelism (while
the Holy Spirit never does seem to lead them). It is the goal of
this Basic Training Program of Evangelism to make Evangelism an
enjoyable experience for the student so that when he finishes the
training, he will continue regular ongoing Evangelism and Ministry
Outreach as a lifestyle.
of the in-class training also includes mock demonstrations of
sharing the Gospel and Discipleship concepts under similar
circumstances you would encounter on the field or in someoneís home.
These mock demonstrations are given in the
is part of the Apologetic training and teaches the student
how to respond and answer the questions he will encounter on the
At the end of seven weeks of training the next
stage required for an effective Evangelism Training Program is to
overcome the fear of talking to a total stranger on the field. Half
the Battle of overcoming the fear of witnessing on the field is
knowing what to say and how to say it. This is why the first and
second stages are absolutely essential before going on to this third
stage. But no amount of knowledge and in class training eliminates
all the fears of witnessing. On the field training has its own set
of fears to overcome.
The first fear to overcome is going out on the
field itself. I had a student once who after going through the first
two stages called me up in tears, petrified with fear about going
out and talking to a total stranger, and told me she just could not
do it. I never force a student to witness to a total stranger until
they are ready because if they are not ready, forcing them to do it
could destroy their potential of ever being a witness at all.
Instead I told her that she did not have to go out and witness but
that she did have to go out and observe. A lot of peopleís fears
about witnessing are in their heads and not in reality. She went out
with me the next day and watched me witness to several people. The
end result was that she saw her fears had no basis in reality.
The next week she went out witnessing with another student and the
two of them led two people to Christ. She will be witnessing the
Gospel of Jesus Christ for the rest of her life because it is a joy
to her not a fearful experience. This Basic Program of Evangelism is
designed to consider the individual. It does not make Christian
student witnesses a herd of cattle.
After the student gets over the trauma of just walking up to a total
stranger or stepping into a strangerís home on the field he then
needs to overcome the problem of self-consciousness and self-focus
as he witnesses to the stranger. This takes about six weeks or more
depending on the individual. There are few positive results in this
stage because the studentís self consciousness and self-focus hinder
him from showing genuine love and concern for the person being
witnessed too. The lack of self-confidence communicated to the
stranger hinders him from accepting the genuineness of the message.
Ecclesiastes 10:4 states, ďIf the
rulerís temper rises against you, do not abandon your position,
because composure allays great offenses.Ē In other words,
unflinching confidence convinces a person of the validity of what
you have to say.
Finally, as the self-consciousness and self-focus began to
dissipate, genuine love and concern for the individual come through
and positive responses begin to result. This is because the fruit of
the Spirit is love and so when a person is ministering in love he is
beginning to learn what it means to be led of the Holy Spirit in
witnessing and in ministering, but there are no short cuts to
getting to this place of maturity in witnessing. It can only come
about by going through the discipline of these three stages. Any
honest Minister will have to admit this was true in the development
of his own ministry work. It was true in mine.
In the first three stages,
which is covered in this Basic Textbook, the student learns how to
effectively and lovingly communicate his faith, how to disciple a
new Christian or older Christian, and how to deal with some of the
tough questions one encounters concerning the integrity of the
Gospel. These are the goals of a Basic Evangelism Program: to bring
a person to Christ and give him or her some basic tools to guarantee
their on going maturity. But this is not the only purpose of an
Evangelism Training Program.
The more advanced purpose of
an Evangelism Training Program is to teach the Christian how to
strengthen the weak, heal the slick, bind up the broken hearted, and
to bring back those who are scattered and lost. This is the purpose
of the Advanced Training put together in the Advanced Textbook on
Evangelism, Discipleship, Apologetics, and Counseling titled,
Ministry. The primary purpose of
training program is to teach the Layman compassion in ministering
through right discernment.
It does this first by teaching
the student what the Bible states about the relationship of the
Trinity and Jesusí desired relationship with the church. Second, how
this relates to the complexity of manís constitution and what the
Bible teaches about manís constitution. Third, how we approach Jesus
for the answer to our needs and in counseling. Fourth, why we do not
always succeed in our attempts to minister Jesus to others. Fifth,
what our primary motive is in discerning Jesusí will and plan for
our lives individually. Sixth, what the believers relationship to
the Law is. Seventh, how to discern the hidden causes for our
conscious actions we cannot seem to control and then how to discern
Jesusí solution to overcome these subconscious urges. Eighth, why we
as Christians suffer. Ninth, foundations necessary for discernment,
required conditions for discernment, required motivation for
discernment, primary principles for discernment and miscellaneous
principles for discernment. Tenth, the importance of the power of
the Holy Spirit in our lives and especially how this relates to the
manifestation gifts of the Holy Spirit and how these help us get to
the root of a problem and to the root solution. Eleventh, how we
approach Jesus with our needs and discern which manifestations of
the Holy Spirit to minister. Twelfth, how we are to properly relate
to one another in the body of Christ and why this is the key and
solution to successful world Evangelism. Thirteenth, how to teach
these advanced principles of Evangelism, discipleship and Counseling
to others. Fourteenth, the importance of knowledge and how to
discern what areas of knowledge Jesus wants us to pursue
individually. Fifteenth, how to discern Jesusí place of ministry for
each of us individually. Finally, how to succeed in what Jesus has
called us to do individually.
In Apologetics the Advanced
material focuses on the teachings of Francis A. Schaeffer. Dr.
Schaefferís books teach how to discern oneís culture and in
relationship to that how to make the simple Gospel simple to the
person we are witnessing too. The Apologetics also focuses on the
literal historical reliability of Genesis, evidence of the world
wide flood, the significance of the genealogy of Genesis and how
this relates to Jesus being truly our Savior and Messiah, evidence
of Mosesí authorship of the
the significance of the different names of God in the
and why Genesis and Evolution are not compatible.
These advanced concepts will
give the Layman the ability to minister to any normal need
physically, spiritually, and mentally; but also the discernment to
know when to refer an individual to someone more qualified than
himself to meet the need.
By the time the Layman has
gone through both the Basic and Advanced Training Program he will be
adequately trained to then take on greater responsibilities in other
areas of ministry in or outside the Church or continue in the
Churchís Evangelism Training Program so he can help train others.
Christians Need Training
is a book written for Christian Laymen
to explain to them the importance of Evangelism and training in
Evangelism and the value of this training material to that end. You
use this book to introduce this training material on Evangelism and
for advertizing upcoming classes to this end which you advertize on
the back of the book. The book contains Chapters 1-4 of this
When I do Evangelism during
the week, I never assume anyone is a Christian whether they say they
attend Church or not, so I always start off with the Salvation
tract. When I do, many times Christians tell me they accepted Christ
months or years before but that He is no longer Lord of their lives.
Often times this is not because they do not want to walk with Jesus,
but because of some problem in their lives they were unable to
overcome. As a result they became frustrated and under condemnation
and eventually gave up trying to live the Christian life and for
Jesus. Their problem is that they are trying to live the Christian
life in their own strength instead of drawing upon Jesusí strength.
They know that Jesus is the answer to their needs but do not know
how to apply this truth to their problems. This is what my
Forgiveness Tract titled,
Jesus Is the
Answer to Your Needs (same title as discipleship
book), is all about: first, to bring the Christian back to the place
of surrendering their lives to Jesus as Savior and Lord and to then
show them how to practically draw upon Jesusí strength and power to
live the Christian life and apply this to their problems and needs.
Also available is a companion pamphlet titled,
How to Share the
Jesus Is the Answer to Your Needs,
which explains how to effectively minister the content of this
Forgiveness Tract with a Christian.
After many years of preaching the Gospel and
seeing how effective using a Salvation Tract in presenting the
Gospel is, I came to realize that an Evangelism Tract would be just
as effective in motivating Christians to give of their free time to
share the Gospel. After much seeking of the Lord and prayer, the
Evangelism Tract titled,
The Most Loving Thing
You Can Do!,
was the end result. The results have been very encouraging. When the
student meets someone who is a Christian on the field and he becomes
convinced they are a bornagain Christian, he will then ask them if
he can instead get their reaction to their presentation of this
Evangelism Tract. Like the Salvation Tract, it explains the
importance of their making a commitment of their free time to share
the Gospel and concludes with challenging them to make a prayer of
commitment to that end.
Chapter 9 of Section 5 of this textbook titled,
"How to Disciple a New Christian," gives guidelines of how to do
follow-up and discipleship work the first five weeks after
salvation. It teaches the student how to take a new Christian
through the four basic discipleship books listed above whose titles
and contents are the same as the Section titles they match in the
Along with the Discipleship books are nine books
on Apologetics listed and described below which the student is to
give to people being witnessed to on the field when appropriate.
Like the Discipleship books, these books cover apologetic material
that the student himself will cover under the same Section titles in
this Basic and the Advanced Textbooks on Evangelism. These books and
their contents are the following:
What Is Truth?
The contents of this book comes from Sections -1-,
of this Textbook. Secular
education teaches that Christianity is based on myth, not on
verifiable facts of science, history or archaeology. This book first
shows the significance of Jesusí Physical Resurrection, how this
gives absolute proof to what Jesusí taught and what Moses taught
about Creation and the Creation of man, manís fall, etcetera. It
next shows how the same methods we use to verify any historical fact
are the same methods the Apostles used to verify the claims and
facts of Christianity. Finally, it then explains what the Bible
teaches about the Creation, constitution and fall of man and why God
had to become a man in order to attain for man his full salvation
and how to receive that salvation.
Bible: Godís Word
The contents of this book comes from Sections -1-,
-7- of Textbook. This book covers
how we determine what is true and how the Bible has meant all this
criteria. Second, it covers how we know that the manuscripts of the
Bible we have today are reliable and gives both external and
internal evidence of this reality. Third, it covers the historical
and scientific reliability of the Bible through the discoveries of
science and through the science of archaeology. Fourth, it covers
fulfillment of Old testament prophecies and many prophecies that
have been fulfilled in our day and the significance of this in how
it confirms and verifies that the Bible is Godís Word and Godís Word
alone. Fifth, it covers the evidence of Moses authorship of the
Bible through historical and archaeological documents and discovers.
Sixth, it covers Jesusí claims that what Moses and the Old Testament
teach is literal historical truth and His verification of this
through His Physical Resurrection. Finally, it then explains what
the Bible teaches about the creation, constitution and fall of man
and why God had to become a man in order to attain for man his full
salvation and how to receive that salvation.
. The contents of this book comes from Sections -1- and 10 of
of Evangelism. This book covers a lot of the same material the
Bible: Godís Word
covers, but with a primary focus on the book of Genesis. It covers
how discoveries of science in our time confirm and verify the
Bibleís claim of the six twenty-four days of not only Creation but
in the exact order of that creation and why it could not have been
otherwise. Second, it covers the scientific and archaeological
evidence of a world wide Genesis Flood. Third, the literal
historical evidence of the absolute truthfulness of every story in
Genesis including the flood, Joseph in Egypt, Abraham, even evidence
of Adamís part in writing some of the information contained in the
book of Genesis. Fourth, again the evidence for Mosesí authorship of
Fifth, why the teachings of Genesis and Evolution are
absolutely incompatible and cannot be mixed. Finally, it then
explains what the Bible teaches about the creation, constitution and
fall of man and why God had to become a man in order to attain for
man his full salvation and how to receive that salvation.
The contents of this book come from Sections 1 and 10 of the
of Evangelism. This book talks about DNA, RNA, Amino Acids, the
basic building blocks of the cell and the workings of the Cell and
how what we know about these workings confirm the book of Genesis.
Second, it talks about how Millerís Spark Chamber proved the
impossibility of Spontaneous Generation of Life. Third, it goes into
the issue of mutations and shows how while we have hundreds of
examples of destructive mutations, we do not have one case example
of a constructive mutation and how these truths confirm the book of
The contents of this book comes from Sections -1-,
-8- of this
Textbook. This book covers what the Bible teaches about Heaven and
Hell and some stories of men and womenís experiences of Heaven and
Hell that are very convincing. The book also contains a bibliography
of sources I have collected over the years on the subject; How Jesus
proved there is a Heaven and a Hell through His Physical
Resurrection; finally, it then explains what the Bible teaches about
the creation, constitution and fall of man and why God had to become
a man in order to attain for man his full salvation and how to
receive that salvation.
PRO-LIFE Why We
Are Involved talks about
why Abortion is aborticide, the murdering of an innocent
human being, and encourages the individual to consider other
alternatives other than murdering an innocent child.
What The Bible Teaches About
God, the Universe
& Man is covered in Sections
and -3- of this Textbook and Section 10 of the
This book was written for the person who has no knowledge about what
the Bible teaches about God, Man and the Universe. It explains the
creation of the Universe according to Genesis, the creation and fall
of Adam and Eve and Godís full plan of redemption for man through
What It Will Take To
Back To God is covered in
Section 9 of this Textbook.
This book talks about the fact that there is no such thing as a safe
and costless Christianity, that in order to win the lost for Christ
there is always a cost involved. I share in this book what sharing
the Gospel has cost me to stay faithful to it for forty-three years.
No one goes into war without getting bloodied. But it also talks
about the fact that until we the Church are willing to get bloodied
and lose this world, we will not bring America back to God. America
will not turn back to Jesus until it sees that Christians really
believe what they preach and that is that this earth is only
temporary but that Heaven is forever; that Heaven is more desirable
than anything this earth has to offer, so much so that we are
willing to lose anything this earth has to offer to stay true to
Jesus and to bring others to Him.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and
upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that
he had, and bought it."
Only when America sees that Christians so
believe this that they are willing to give up their free time and
resources to preach the Gospel to men, will America even consider
giving any attention to the message we preach. It is the fact that
Jesus gave His life for us on the cross that drew us to Him, not the
messages that He preached. Until America sees that our bringing the
Gospel to them is more important than our jobs, our Church buildings
and land and all that this world has to offer, they wonít even
consider the message of Jesusí love and forgiveness or turn to
Christ. The cross brought us to Jesus and only the crosses we are
willing to bear will gain the ear of America to turn it back to
There Is No Such Thing as a Safe & Costless Christianity.
Bring a Person
to Saving Faith
in Jesus Christ
is covered in Sections -1- and
-3- of this Textbook. This book
explains what is involved in the process of Salvation and why we can
only receive Jesusí death and shed blood for our sins through faith,
not by works. It also explains how to know a true believer from a
The sample of the survey on
this page titled
Community Religious Survey
was developed to aid you in doing door to door Evangelism. It is not
just a survey for the sake of a survey. The first four questions are
designed to find out the spiritual needs of people and why they may
be negative to Christianity. This will help your Church understand
what the spiritual needs of your local community are and how you can
better serve the needs of your community and congregation
spiritually. The rest of the questions are designed to find out what
they believe about the Gospel and what is keeping them from
receiving the Gospel. The value of the answer to these questions are
that they will tell you how you need to personalize your
presentation of the Gospel to them so they will believe and be
saved. Believe me, I can tell you from personal experience that it
works very well. The Section in this Basic Textbook titled:
Evangelism On the Field give fifteen examples of
how this survey helped in presenting the Gospel successfully under
several different circumstances and arguments against the Gospel. I
give their answers to the survey at the beginning of each of the
Testimonies and then go on to share how I was able to use this
information to successfully lead them to Christ. I strongly
encourage you to use this survey in your door to door Evangelism
outreach and in your college Evangelism outreach.
It is clear from the passages that we have
studied in this book that Jesus wants you as a Layman to be involved
in aggressive one on one Evangelism. In fact, one of the major keys
to understanding and the interpretation of Scripture is the
importance of spending time in our weeks in aggressive Evangelism.
This is because the Bible was written by Evangelists and prophets
who wrote what they wrote out of a motivation of Evangelism to bring
men to repentance and back into right relationship with God through
Jesus Christ. You will never understand the message of Scripture
fully if You are not regularly involved in an aggressive program of
Also if we are to win the lost and America for
Christ, we must return to the example of the cross. How much was
Jesus willing to sacrifice to bring us back to Himself and to
salvation? He was willing to give and sacrifice all that He had: His
very life on earth, and He did. We will not win the lost and America
for Christ until America sees that we as the Church and as
individual Christians so believe in the reality of heaven and its
supreme value in comparison of what this life has to offer, that in
order to convince them of that belief that we are willing to loose
anything this life has to offer to bring them the message of Jesusí
love and forgiveness, even to the extent of our very lives. Until
America sees that, America will not turn to Christ.
The key to reaching the world for Jesus Christ
does not lie in pulpit activity or in crusades; it lies primarily in
the Laymen of the Church themselves reaching out aggressively one on
one. Charles Goodell quoted Dean Hodges as giving the following
information about the effectiveness of Laymen leadership throughout
the history of the Church,
"There have been three notable periods in the
history of the extension of the Christian religionóthe time of the
martyrs, the time of the monks and the time of the Methodists. In
each of these periods, religion spread phenomenally. The
significance of each of these for our present purpose is that each
of them was an era of Lay activity. The Christian Church was begun
by Laymen; the apostles were all Laymen. It has ever since owed its
best growth to the cooperation of Laymen. The monks were Lay orders.
The Methodists won their great victories by Lay preaching. Not only
that, but these Laymen in every one of these three periods did their
work in spite of the clergy, discouraged by the clergy, detested by
The key to reaching our society and
America with the Gospel is you! That is
Why All Christians
What Do You Need to Do?
Now that you have finished reading this chapter,
you now need to pray and ask Jesus if it is His will that you go
through this Evangelism Training Program. If you come to the
conviction that Yes! He does, in order to succeed in seeing this
training program through, you will need to pray the prayer of
commitment at the end of this chapter. Why? If Jesus wants you to do
this training program, Satan does not. Evangelism is bringing people
into saving faith in Jesus and transferring them from Satanís
kingdom to Jesusí Kingdom. Satan doesnít take that lightly. Because
he does not, he will fight you and will do all he can to distract
and keep you from doing and successfully completing this training
program (2 Tim 3:12). He will use your friends, boy friend or girl
friend, well meaning Christians, your family, whatever he finds
useful and cooperative. In light of this, how then does one overcome
Satanís attempted distractions and successfully complete this
training program? By praying a prayer of commitment to complete the
training program and fight off any attempted distractions of the
enemy to do otherwise. Pray this way:
Jesus, I believe you called me to do this
training program. Therefore, by faith I commitment myself to go
through this training program from start to finish and to exercise
whatever discipline and self-control is necessary to see it through
to completion. I also will to fight off anything, anyone and any
attempts of Satan to cause me to do otherwise. Jesus, I acknowledge
You in this commitment and also my total 100% need of your Holy
Spirit grace, strength and power to see this commitment through and
ask for Your grace, strength and power and Holy Spirit power to see
this Evangelism Training Program through to completion. By faith I
believe you for the answer to these prayers, in your name Jesus,
If you just prayed this prayer
of commitment, Jesus promises in His Word to help you see this
commitment through. He says in Proverbs 3:6
"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your
paths straight." He also says in
2 Thessalonians 3:3
"But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you
from the evil one." Now you need to read Chapter 5 titled
"Time Management Through
Relationship With Jesus" which explains how to plan your
time during the week so you can successfully complete this training
program. Also Chapter 6 titled
"The Nature of Spiritual Warfare"
which is a series of five letters I have written to former students
which explains how to protect themselves spiritually from
themselves, Satan and outside forces to successfully see this
evangelism training program through to completion.
Following in this Chapter are
some testimonies of students who went through the Basic and Advanced
Evangelism Training Programs.
Bibliography & Notes
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