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Tactics - A Review

Getting into gospel conversations can be daunting. Starting real witnessing conversations with strangers and re-engaging with people we have witnessed to in the past can sometimes be a challenge. Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions may help!Greg Koukl's book, Tactics, seeks to help Christians make more opportunities in their everyday lives to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a worthwhile goal. Hopefully, we are all seeking to make more opportunities to proclaim the excellencies of our God and Savior.
That being said, I have some qualifications about recommending this book. It has some excellent strengths. But, it also has some significant weaknesses.
Greatest Strengths1. Straightforward, Simple, and AdaptableI think that my favorite part of Tactics is that the approach fits for anyone who encounters other human beings at any point in their life. That's almost everybody.
It doesn't require you to be particularly outgoing. It doesn't requ…

Recovering The Gospel - A Review

The most important book in the lives of all Christians is the Bible. The truth of first and foremost importance in the Bible is the gospel. If you're looking for a resource to help you understand the treasure of the gospel, outside of the Scriptures themselves, look no further than Paul Washer's Recovering The Gospel series.
This series includes three separate books:

The Gospel's Power and MessageThe Gospel Call and True ConversionGospel Assurance and Warnings
I've read a number of books that attempt to describe the glory of the gospel in a paragraph. I've read others that relegate it to a chapter. Paul Washer has been a faithful preacher of the gospel for decades. He gives the gospel the breadth and depth it deserves. Even still, Washer understands that he is only scratching the surface of this glorious truth.

Greatest Strengths Paul Washer is my favorite modern preacher to listen to. Those who know me know my great fondness for Washer's ministry in my own lif…

The Way Of The Master - A Review

Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.
(Galatians 3:24)
Ray Comfort's The Way of the Master is hands-down the evangelism method I've taught and used the most in my personal life and ministry. As time goes on, I am confident that this resource will continue to be part of my teaching ministry and personal evangelism.

Materials
There are many resources available. I am focusing on these three:
The Basic Training Course;The Way of the Master book by Ray Comfort; andThe School of Biblical Evangelism textbook.
Biggest Strengths
There are many strengths to this method. I'll limit it to my top three.

1) Recovering the Purpose of God's Law. The emphasis of The Way of the Master is on recovering the biblical purpose of God's Law in evangelism. Many in the modern church argue over the role and purpose of the Law. This is something we are commanded not to do.

Comfort writes, "I am humbled that God would take a litt…

I Am The 85%

I Am The 85%
I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for 12 and a half years now. I have been teaching in the local church for a decade. Reflecting on that time I noticed that I have taught more classes on evangelism than any other topic.

And it's not even close.

Evangelism has been on my heart ever since the moment of my salvation. The reason for that was not due to sound theological reasoning. It is not because of a great class I took. It was certainly not because I saw it modeled by the majority of other believers.

It's because I am part of the 85%.

I heard recently that only 15% of those who come to follow Christ do so as a result of being evangelized at an event. Church services, evangelism rallies, and other events do work in peoples lives. People are converted. But this is not where the majority of conversions occur.

The other 85% come to Christ through personal witness. This is when a believer takes the initiative and shares the gospel with a non-believer in their life.