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Conversational Evangelism: Building

By Dr Dave Geisler

www.meeknessandtruth.org


Conversational evangelism four types of conversations we want to have with non believers
Conversational EvangelismFour types of conversations we want to have with non-believers



Build a bridge to the gospel
Build a Bridge to the Gospel

Hear

Illuminate

Uncover

Build


Build a bridge to the gospel1
Build a Bridge to the Gospel

Artist

Builder

Musician

Archeologist



Building a bridge to the gospel
Building a Bridge to the Gospel

Goal:

The goal is to find common ground and build a bridge to the Truth.

How:

Keep six steps in mind


Building a bridge to the truth jn 8 32
Building a Bridge to the Truth (Jn. 8:32)

  • Find the Right Balance in your approach


1 find the right balance in your approach
1. Find the Right Balance in your approach?

Building a Bridge to the Truth (Jn. 8:32)

Objective Evidence:

Subjective Experience:


A caution in using reason
A Caution In Using Reason

“…there is just enough of the modern worldview left so that reason still has a point of entry. But we have to use this knowledge wisely. We cannot give an overdose of argumentation.”

Ravi Zacharias, “An Ancient Message, Through Modern Means To the Postmodern Mind” in Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns, p. 27


Why a purely intellectual approach to reaching singaporeans is insufficient
Why A Purely Intellectual Approach To Reaching Singaporeans Is Insufficient

“Unlike the Western mindset, which is comfortable with the dichotomy between words and deeds, theory and praxis; the Eastern mindset tends to see the person as a whole.

As a result of this holistic outlook, intellectual arguments alone do not appeal to the Eastern mind. There is a need to see evidence of filial piety, respect and good works.”

Former student at East Asia School of Theology


Be mindful of the fact that your life will speak louder than your words
Be mindful of the fact that your life will speak louder than your words

“Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”

Philippians 1:14 (NIV)


Building a bridge to the gospel jn 8 32
Building a Bridge to the Gospel (Jn. 8:32) your words

2. Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach (1 Cor. 9:22)


Find common ground
Find Common Ground your words

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22)



2 find common ground
2. Find Common Ground your words

  • Start with ideas that you and the other person agree on.

  • Search for common ground with low-key spiritual questions.

  • Does it matter what you believe?

  • Can everyone be right?

  • Is just faith enough?

  • Is there any difference between Jesus and other religious leaders?

Biblical Example: Acts 28; Acts 17

Notice that Paul’s approach was different in these two passages. Why?


Finding common ground in action in singapore
Finding Common Ground your wordsin Action in Singapore

“I went into this taxi where the driver was playing some Buddhist mantras over his sound system. He asked me politely if I minded and offered to turn it off if I did. Actually I did mind, but I decided to use the opportunity to ask him what he was playing. He told (me) what it was and asked if he could explain it to me. He also asked which religion I belonged to which I answered Christianity. I agreed to hear his side of the caveat that he was open enough to hear my side at the end of his.

He then began an exposition on his Buddhist faith that he enjoyed immensely, talking about how he tries to be as good a person as possible At the same time, he boasted how he was open to other faiths as well. So I asked him if I could share why I felt Christianity was different….By the time we reached my destination, I had taken the opportunity to invite him to my church (likewise, he had invited me to attend some of his Buddhist meetings).”

Former student at East Asia School of Theology


Finding common ground in action in singapore1
Finding Common Ground your wordsin Action in Singapore

“I realized what made him open up to me initially was the fact that I was open to him to start with. Though he did not say it explicitly, I had to ‘hear’ his desire to continue listening to his mantras, following which I bothered to ‘hear’ about his faith. By allowing him that, the common ground of understanding was laid and he was open to listen to my view.”

Former student at East Asia School of Theology


Building a bridge to the gospel jn 8 321
Building a Bridge to the Gospel (Jn. 8:32) your words

  • Find the right balance in your approach

  • Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach

    3. Build a bridge from point of shared beliefs (even those they are not quite aware of)

These can be head bridges and or heart bridges.


Heart bridges
Heart Bridges your words

“Assuming that we are modeling it (humility and love), we also need to be able to explain…how it is thattheir very hopescould be fulfilled in Christ or how it is that without Christ (or in many cases Christ’s truth)their fears will be realized and their hopes thwarted.”

Rev. Dave Montoya, Dealing With Both Minds and Hearts: Answering the Questions Behind the Questions, Unpublished works located on Meekness Web-site


Building heart bridges example
Building Heart Bridges (Example) your words

“When someone says ‘I think Christians are arrogant for claiming that Jesus is the only way,’ ask yourself what in these values, beliefs, hopes, etc., you can agree with them on? (Common Ground)

The most obvious area of common ground is in the value placed on humility. Their distaste for arrogance and affinity for humility is as much a left-over from the Christian influence on Western culture as it is God’s Law written in their hearts. But it is a significant area of common ground and should be recognized as such…We have to admit that Christians are sometimes arrogant and that that is not right. We have huge common ground over their desire to be loved and accepted and that others be loved and accepted. After all, that is the heart of the Christian message, that God “so loved the world...”

M&T Trainer, Rev. Dave Montoya, Dealing With Both Minds and Hearts: Answering the Questions Behind the Questions, located on Meekness web-site http://meeknessandtruth.org/tools.htm


Show others that jesus meets the longings of our hearts

Heart Bridges your words

* Show others that Jesus meets the longings of our hearts!

What oxygen is to the brain, Jesus is to our hearts. He satisfies our deepest longings unlike anything else….If we were to list all of our hungers, we might be surprised at how many legitimate hungers we have. We hunger for truth, love, knowledge, belonging, self-expression, justice, imagination, learning, and significance—to name a few.

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods, p. 71-72


Developing heart bridges with asians
Developing Heart Bridges with Asians your words

“In a religious culture that seeks either to ‘appease’ or to ‘bribe’ the gods for one’s own needs, I need to find a way to communicate and contrast the idea of a personal Christian God as opposed to the distant and impersonal deities that the Chinese is familiar with.

Although Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy is suppose to be the deity symbolizing love and mercy for mortals, who can claim to have a personal relationship with this deity? Other than coming to her when one needs something, can anyone talk to her as with a friend and have a two-way conversation to boot? Of the thousands of deities available, can one find a friend amongst them?”

Former student at East Asia School of Theology


Show that jesus is one of a kind
Show That Jesus Is One Of A Kind your words

“Jesus stated without a doubt that God is the author of life and that meaning in life is found in knowing Him. This idea would be totally denied by Buddhism, which either ignores God or rules out His existence altogether.”

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods, p. 12


Comparing jesus muhammad and buddha

Head Bridges your words

Comparing Jesus, Muhammad, and Buddha

  • Jesus was without sin.

    • Even the Koran states that Jesus was without sin. (See Sura 3:45-46;19:19-21)

  • Mohammed was told to ask for forgiveness

    (Sura 40:55;48:1-2)


Comparing jesus muhammad and buddha1
Comparing Jesus, Muhammad, and Buddha your words

  • Buddha was imperfect

    • He was understood as having many rebirths thus indicating an imperfect life.

    • At best, Buddha pointed to the way and followed a path to purity. He did not possess it fully himself.


Muhammad your words

Jesus

Not Virgin Born

Virgin born -Sura 3:47

Sinful -Sura 40:55;48:1-2

Sinless - Sura 3:45-46;19:19-21

No Miracles except Qur’an -Sura 17:90-93

Did many miracles

Advance by the Sword

Sura 29,2,36,73,111,123

Blessed the peacemakers

Mt 5:9

Forgave enemies

Retaliated on Enemies

Motivation by Fear

Motivation by love

Died and was buried

Rose and His tomb is empty (Muslims reject)

Adapted from N. Geisler & F. Turek’s PowerPoint 12 Points



Six reasons why it matters what you believe

Building Head and Heart Bridges! your words

Six reasons why it matters what you believe!

Building Bridges with those you are trying to reach!

( I Cor. 9:22)



Not all religious viewpoints can be right
Not All Religious Viewpoints Can Be Right! your words

1. What you believe will affect how you live!

2. Not all religious viewpoints can be right!

Can Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad all be right?

Can all religions simultaneously be true?


Can they all be right
Can They All Be Right? your words

Christianity

Judaism

Islam

Polytheism, Mahayana Buddhism

Atheism, Theravada Buddhism

Many gods

One God

No God


Objection
Objection! your words

But God can become whatever he wants to be!

Reply:

Can God as creator beseparate from the Universe at the same time He isidentical to the Universe?

No, He can not.


Faith must have an object
Faith must have an object! your words

1. What you believe will affect how you live!

2. Not all religious viewpoints can be right!

3. Faith must have an object to have merit!

“About one out of four (26%) born again Christians believe that it doesn’t matter what faith you follow because they all teach the same lessons.”

Born Again Christians, 2000, George Barna, Barna web-site


Christianity is based on a historical event
Christianity is Based on a Historical Event your words

“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

I Corinthians 15:14 (NIV)

* Biblical faith must have an object to be valid.


It matters what you believe
It matters what you believe your words

1. What you believe will effect how you live!

2. Not all religious viewpoints can be right!

3. Faith must have an object to have merit!

4. Not all religious leaders made equal claims!


The Unique Claims of Jesus your words

Which religious leader ever made these claims?

I am without sin (John 8:46)

I have always existed (John 8:58)

I am the only Son of God (John 3:16)

I am the light of the world (John 8:12)

I have come to save the world (John 3:17)

I have authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:10)

I was born to testify to the truth (John 18:37)

You trust in God; Trust also in me (John 14:1)

I am the Truth and only way to God (John 14:6)

I will come again to judge the world (Matt 25:31-46)

Take from “The Top Twenty-three Presentations” By Norm Geisler and Frank Turek


It matters what you believe1
It matters what you believe your words

1. What you believe will effect how you live!

2. Not all religious viewpoints can be right!

3. Faith must have an object to have merit!

4. Not all religious leaders made equal claims!

5. The proof of Christ’s claims have no parallel among major religious leaders!


Comparing christianity and other religions is not like comparing apples with apples

/ your words

=

Comparing Christianity and other Religions is not like comparing apples with apples!

No Comparison!

Christianity

Other Religions


The proof of christ s claims cont
The Proof of Christ’s Claims your words(Cont.)

“Buddha claimed to point to the way, Mohammed claimed to be a prophet of God, but Jesus Christ is the only major religious leader that ever claimed to be God, who fulfilled prophecy, lived a sinless life, and then died on the cross and rose from the dead.”

Dr. Dave Geisler


It matters what you believe2
It matters what you believe your words

1. What you believe will effect how you live!

2. Not all religious viewpoints can be right!

3. Faith must have an object to have merit!

4. Not all religious leaders made equal claims!

5. The proof of Christ’s claims have no parallel among major religious leaders!

6. Without God, some people find it difficult to find meaning in life!


Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900 your words

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, the murderers of all murderers, comfort ourselves?”

The Gay Science, 125

God


Fyodor dostoevshi 1821 1881 the brothers karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevshi (1821-1881) your wordsThe Brothers Karamazov

If God is dead, anything is permissible!


1. What you believe will effect how you live! your words2. Not all religious viewpoints can be right!3. Faith must have an object to have merit!4. Not all religious leaders made equal claims!5. The proof of Christ’s claims have no parallel among major religious leaders!6. Without God, some people find it difficult to find meaning in life!


Building a bridge to the truth jn 8 321
Building a Bridge to the Truth (Jn. 8:32) your words

  • Find the Right Balance in your approach

  • Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach

  • Build a bridge from point of shared beliefs (even those they are not quite aware of)

    4. Memorize a basic outline for defending the Christian faith to guide you in your discussions with others


12 steps in establishing the case for christianity
12 Steps in Establishing the Case for Christianity your words

1. Truth about reality is knowable.

2. The opposite of true is false.

3. It is true that the theistic God exists.

4. If God exists then miracles are possible.

5. Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God.

6. The New Testament is historically reliable.

7. The New Testament says Jesus claimed to be God.

8. Jesus’ claim to be God was miraculously confirmed by:

a. His fulfillment of many prophecies about Himself;

b. His sinless and miraculous life;

c. His prediction and accomplishment of His resurrection

9. Therefore, Jesus is God.

10. Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true.

11. Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God.

12. Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God (and anything opposed to it is false).

See Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics by Dr. Norman Geisler for more details, which can be ordered at: www.normgeisler.com


The importance of memorizing logical progression of points
The Importance of Memorizing Logical Progression of Points your words

“The main difficulty I had in applying the conversational approach in the three encounters was in effectively linking one question or argument to the next, to lead the person to a clear conclusion. I often felt somewhat muddled in the conversation.

I realize I need to focus on understanding and remembering a logical progression of points so that I can help someone to see and understand for himself.”

Former student at East Asia School of Theology


Building a bridge to the truth jn 8 322
Building a Bridge to the Truth (Jn. 8:32) your words

  • Find the Right Balance in your approach

  • Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach

  • Build a bridge from point of shared beliefs (even those they are not quite aware of)

  • Memorize a basic outline for defending the Christian faith to guide you in your discussions with others

  • Remember the goal


Remember the goal
Remember the Goal! your words

Don’t get so caught up in removing barriers that you forget to remember the goal!


Remember the goal in using apologetics in evangelism
Remember the Goal in Using Apologetics in Evangelism! your words

To remove the obstacles so that we can help people take one step closer to Jesus Christ each day.

(I Cor. 3:6)


Building a bridge to the truth jn 8 323
Building a Bridge to the Truth (Jn. 8:32) your words

  • Find the Right Balance in your approach

  • Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach

  • Build a bridge from point of shared beliefs (even those they are not quite aware of)

  • Memorize a basic outline for defending the Christian faith to guide you in your discussions with others

  • Remember the goal

    6. Actively seek for opportunities to transition

    to spiritual things.


6. Actively seek for opportunities to your words

transition to spiritual things.

Example:

Has anyone ever explained to you the difference between Christianity and all other religions?

* Explain Do versus Done

(See Bill Hybels, Contagious Christians Training)


Do vs done
Do vs Done your words

For example:

Muslims believe that man’s good works have to outweigh his bad works. (Do)

Hinduism teaches that if one does enough good he can pay off his karmic debt and escape the cycle of reincarnation. (Do)

Buddhism teaches that salvation comes about when one desires to stop desiring. (Do)

Jesus says accept the gift I offer. It has already been “Done” for you (you can do nothing to earn God’s gift) Invite me to come into your life and change you from the inside out (Phil. 2:13)


Building a bridge to the truth jn 8 32 review
Building a Bridge to the Truth (Jn. 8:32) your words (Review)

  • Find the Right Balance in your approach.

  • Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach.

  • Build a bridge from point of shared beliefs (even those they are not quite aware of).

  • Memorize a basic outline for defending the Christian faith to guide you in your discussions with others.

  • Remember the goal.

    6. Actively seek for opportunities to transition

    to spiritual things.


Invite them to take a step of faith
Invite Them To Take A Step Of Faith your words

“Accepting Jesus is like drinking a cup of tea, you will never know how it really taste by hearing what others say unless you drink it for yourself.”

Former student at East Asia School of Theology


But what if they don t care
But what if they don’t care? your words

Answer:

“If life is just a drop in the bucket compared to eternity, wouldn’t that be worth checking out?”


Building a bridge to the gospel1
Building a Bridge your wordsto the Gospel

Interview with students U.T. Austin

This 15 minute video (Building Bridges to the Gospel) is contained on our Resource C.D. and DVD materials.


Conversational evangelism four types of conversations we want to have with non believers1
Conversational Evangelism your wordsFour types of conversations we want to have with non-believers


Four types of roles you need to play in your friend’s life your words

Artist

Builder

Musician

Archeologist


The Conversational Evangelism Model your words

(In a nutshell)

We want to“hear”their discrepancies and thenilluminate them by askingquestions that will“clarify”their religious terminology and“expose”the weaknesses of their perspective.

Then we want touncover the real barriers and “build” a bridgeto help them take one step closer to Jesus Christ each day (I Cor. 3:6).


A biblical perspective
A Biblical Perspective your words

The Apostle Paul said, “I have become all things to all men so that by all means, I may save some.”

I Cor.9:22


Evangelism training for the new millennium conversational evangelism
Evangelism Training your wordsfor the New MillenniumConversational Evangelism

Acknowledgements:

This material was developed by Dave Geisler & his Meekness team members, and was refined by suggestions from people around the globe and based in part on the Mirror model concept developed at Hill Country Bible Church and pioneered by Glenn McGorty (See speaker notes for more details).

Special thanks to Kent Vanderwaal for all his work in developing our new graphics.

Thanks also to Brett Yohn (Baptist Student Ministry Dir. U.N.L.) who originally developed the imagery of musician, artist, archeologist, and engineer (which we now call builder), to better describe the Conversational Evangelism model.

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Revisions
Revisions your words

Descriptions of Revision

Author

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