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COMM 301 (Fa '15) T19 - Intercultural Evangelism (Part 2)

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Transcript of COMM 301 (Fa '15) T19 - Intercultural Evangelism (Part 2)

Case Study: Conversion or Social Convention
Intercultural Evangelism
(Part 2)

Sources and Image Credit
Adopted key thoughts from David Geisler and Norman Geisler, Conversational Evangelism (Harvest House Publishers, 2014), and appendix 3 at http://conversationalevangelism.com/appendix-3/ and appendix 9 at http://conversationalevangelism.com/appendix-9/; accessed October 26, 2015.
Witnessing to Others
- we must be good news before we
can effectively share good news
Hearing - Learning the Role of the

Some Practical Suggestions
Jesus' Example
- a master at asking questions (Luke 18:18-19)
- allowed others to surface the truth for themselves
(Luke 20:2-4)
- didn't always tell people things directly (John 4:14)
- listen carefully (James 1:19-20)
- reflect back what they are saying to you
- determine who the Lord is placing on your heart to reach
out to
The Holy Spirit - Key to Evangelism
- empowers us to speak in a way that makes a difference
(Acts 14:1)

- hear the sour notes (gaps in their beliefs)
“detect” some of the uncertainty in their beliefs
1. Why does caste continue to be so important to the
Indian church?
2. How do you think Virginia should respond?
- give ourselves the permission to
sow (1 Cor. 3:6)
- give ourselves the permission to
till the soil (Mark 4:8)
- it's not always best to share all that we know
(John 16:12)
- pray for open doors (Col. 4:3)
- look for divine appointments daily (Acts 8:29)
- make the most of every opportunity (Col. 4:5)
- empowers us to live godly lives (Rom. 5:5)
their story
- ask what is important to them
- ask about purpose and meaning
- experiences that shaped their beliefs
helps to create a greater interest in knowing about Jesus
- examples: Matt. 19:16-22; Acts 17:28-29
Belief vs. Heart Longing
- Eccl. 3:11
- hold to views which are inconsistent with the longings of
their hearts
- show others that Jesus meets the longings of our hearts
Atheism: An atheist believes that God does not exist. Yet many
long for a sense of meaning and purpose to their life.
Postmodernist: In a postmodern culture there is a desperate
need today for young people to feel a sense of
belonging and to be a part of something bigger
than themselves.
Islam: The teachings of Islam betray the heart cry to have an
intimacy with God.
Hinduism: Some Hindus believes only in an impersonal god. Yet
a Hindu desires to know God in a deeper and
personal way.
Buddhism: But not only is losing myself not fulfilling, but the
way to get to Nirvana can only be accomplished
through a heavy burden of living according to rules
and regulations that are never be completely
Chinese: I believe in scientific materialism. I want to be
remembered after I died or at least die with a good
(Sour Note)
Belief vs. Behavior
- what they say they believe and how they live or behave is not
consistent (e.g., Gal. 2:14-16)
(Sour Note)
An Atheist:
I don’t think God exists. (I am a scientific materialist)
I am looking for a loving and committed relationship.
Belief vs. Belief
- two contradictory beliefs (Acts 17:22-30)
What's wrong?
(Sour Note)
1. Jesus is my Savior
2. I can measure up
1. The Bible is reliable
2. I must do good works to be saved
1. There is no absolute right or wrong
2. The terrorists were wrong to kill so many people on 9/11
Illogical Belief
- two contradictory beliefs (Acts 17:22-30)
(Sour Note)
There is no such thing as truth!
You can’t know truth!
All truth is relative!
It’s true for you but not for me!
Illuminating: Learning the Role of
the Artist

- we ask questions to help people to “see”
for themselves
- ask questions that clarify beliefs
- ask questions that surface uncertainty
> begin with asking probing questions
> ask follow-up questions
- remember 3 D's: doubt, defensiveness, desire
Building: Learning the Role of the

- find common ground with those we are
attempting to reach (1 Cor. 9:22)
Uncovering: Learning the Role of
the Archeologist

- uncover their real barriers to the Gospel
- issues: a real concern or a smokescreen?
- determine the nature of their perceived barrier
- build a bridge from a point of shared beliefs
- uncover the specific emotional baggage
- is there a question behind the question?
heart bridges
head bridges
non-believers value humility
non-believers desire to be
loved and accepted
we can show that Jesus
is truly “one of a kind"
Comparing Jesus and Muhammad
Condensed Conversational Evangelism in a Nutshell
earn – their story
nvest - time in them
earch - for gaps (in beliefs)
hrow light - (on conversation) by clarifying beliefs
xpose gaps - by surfacing uncertainty (in beliefs)
avigate - by using the 3 D's (doubt,
defensiveness, desire)
- Select 1 of the 3 words and do some free
writing (~ 3 minutes)
- In groups of 4-5 share what you have written (~10
minutes); each group should come up with 1-2
questions to ask in class
Free Writing
(class exercise)
- Please write down 3 words that you
consider important of today's lesson
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