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CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T11 - Testify to the Truth You Know

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Transcript of CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T11 - Testify to the Truth You Know

Testify to the Truth You Know
1 Peter 3:15
Why should we always be prepared to make a defense for the hope that is in us to anyone?
Peter suggests that witness should come in response to people “asking” about our hope. a) How does this differ from our opinion of evangelistic witness?
When and for what are disciples supposed to be prepared?
What was Peter’s concern when we are asked to give a defense?
Which kind of life is it that makes others curious?
Christianity on Trial
a) a prosecutorial style
b) a defensive style
c) a personal style
A Prosecutorial Style
- read John 9:24-34
- as a witness we can’t compel belief
- how people respond is their burden
- be careful how you give your defense
A Defensive Style
- supplies reasoned answers to intellectual barriers to faith
- purpose of reasoning: to persuade the other person
- educate yourself
A Personal Style
When, do you think, will the personal testimony make all the difference?
- when people are looking for the difference that the gospel
makes in life
- keep your answers short (~3 minutes)
- stick to what you personally know
Be Discerning about People
firm nondisciples
holds an articulate and well-defined belief system
flexible nondisciples
disbelief has more to do with a resistance to change their lifestyle
How do we Christians lie when evangelizing?
- when we claim we are more confident than we really are
- we claim that unexplainable things are in fact explainable
- we don't acknowledge our doubts within the drama of faith
- we pretend like the Bible doesn't say some really nasty things
when in fact it does
- we lie when we pretend we really love the other person
when in fact we don't
- we claim we understand other beliefs, faiths and world views
- we claim that all of our beliefs are a "10"
Keep returning to Jesus
Your Personal Story
(~ 3 minutes)
1. My life and attitude before I took Jesus Christ seriously (or
the problem you faced)
2. What happened to show me my need for Jesus
3. When and how I said "yes” to Jesus Christ
4. The difference that Christ makes in my day to day life
- can be used by all Christians
- the truth of the faith does not stand and fall with our defense
of it
"Full certainty comes from the conviction of the Holy Spirit, not from a razor sharp logic." (Os Guinness)
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