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Evangelism / World Religions. Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through.

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1 Evangelism / World Religions

2 Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christs behalf: Be reconciled to God.

3 Purpose Equip Equip Knowledge Knowledge Tactics Tactics Encourage Encourage Philemon 6 - I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon 6 - I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

4 How many times does the word love appear in the book of Acts?

5 How many times does the word love appear in the book of Acts? Zero (0)

6 Historical facts

7 Jesus was a real person who died on a cross Jesus was a real person who died on a cross The disciples believed He rose physically The disciples believed He rose physically The Apostle Paul... The Apostle Paul... persecuted Christians then converted persecuted Christians then converted wrote at least Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians and Philemon, which record key doctrines and traditions at early dates. wrote at least Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians and Philemon, which record key doctrines and traditions at early dates. We know the original writings of the Bible with 99.5% accuracy, and 100% on major doctrines We know the original writings of the Bible with 99.5% accuracy, and 100% on major doctrines

8 If you get stumped...

9 I dont know, but Ill find out I dont know, but Ill find out Humble response Humble response Takes all the pressure off you Takes all the pressure off you Keeps you from giving bad answers Keeps you from giving bad answers Gives you time to prepare better answers Gives you time to prepare better answers Lets you make an appointment to come back later to talk about God Lets you make an appointment to come back later to talk about God

10 Believer Non- believer

11 Believer Moving towards Jesus Moving towards Jesus Non- believer Always seek to move people to the right

12 Faith, from Grace Believer Moving towards Jesus Moving towards Jesus Non- believer Always seek to move people to the right

13 Faith, from Grace Discipleship Discipleship Believer Moving towards Jesus Moving towards Jesus Non- believer Always seek to move people to the right

14 Pluralism All religions are equally valid paths to God All religions are equally valid paths to God Seriously flawed thinking Seriously flawed thinking Basic logic: Something cant be A and Not A at the same time Basic logic: Something cant be A and Not A at the same time Jesus as God / Messiah Jesus as God / Messiah Reincarnation vs. die and face judgment Reincarnation vs. die and face judgment Jesus death on cross Jesus death on cross

15 Should we sent out reverse missionaries? If all religions lead to God and your current religion involves you being persecuted, you should switch, right? If all religions lead to God and your current religion involves you being persecuted, you should switch, right? Reverse missionaries would convert people from Christianity to their local religion. Reverse missionaries would convert people from Christianity to their local religion. If that sounds foolish, then perhaps the concept of religious pluralism is as well. If that sounds foolish, then perhaps the concept of religious pluralism is as well.

16 Does Christianity allow for other paths? No. 100 passages note that Jesus is the only way. One hundred! No. 100 passages note that Jesus is the only way. One hundred! Old Testament: Only one God! Old Testament: Only one God! That doesnt prove were right, just that it is an essential Christian doctrine. That doesnt prove were right, just that it is an essential Christian doctrine.

17 The difference is grace Works Works Jewish Jewish Hindu Hindu Buddhist Buddhist Muslim Muslim Mormon Mormon Etc. Etc. Grace Christianity Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.

18 Just the same? Islam Bible has been corrupted Bible has been corrupted Jesus did not die on the cross Jesus did not die on the cross Allah leaves sins unpunished (scales) Allah leaves sins unpunished (scales) Started and spread through violence Started and spread through violence Jesus - just a prophet Jesus - just a prophet Christianity Bible has been transmitted accurately Jesus died on the cross God punishes all sin Persecution for first 300 years Jesus is God

19 And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him - they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him. Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise. Koran, Sura 4:

20 View of the cross Christianity Thorough, early accounts in the Bible by many witnesses Thorough, early accounts in the Bible by many witnesses Secular documentation Secular documentation Historical fact Historical fact Close to the time of the event Close to the time of the event Islam One sketchy revelation Over 500 years after the event

21 Just the same? Islam Bible has been corrupted Bible has been corrupted Jesus did not die on the cross Jesus did not die on the cross Allah leaves sins unpunished (scales) Allah leaves sins unpunished (scales) Started and spread through violence Started and spread through violence Jesus - just a prophet Jesus - just a prophet Christianity Bible has been transmitted accurately Jesus died on the cross God punishes all sin Persecution for first 300 years Jesus is God

22 Just the same? Mormon We lived before we came to earth We lived before we came to earth Multiple levels of Heaven Multiple levels of Heaven God used to be a man God used to be a man Jesus = spirit brother of Lucifer Jesus = spirit brother of Lucifer Saved by works Saved by works Great neighbors? Yes! Great neighbors? Yes! Christians? No. Christians? No. Christianity God is eternally existent Jesus is God and the creator of the universe Saved by grace

23 Comments from a Mormon I can see that we do double speak, trying to stand on both sides of the line and often feign ignorance until called out. I found myself doing it... I fully understand that as a Mormon, I am dishonest if I try to make our doctrines sound the same as yours so that we can get along better. They are different and I know that.... By definition, our church proclaims that yours is wrong. We send out missionaries to say other churches are wrong, come be baptized here instead.

24 Galatians 1:6-9 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!

25 Mormons Do they think Galatians 1 is authoritative? Do they think Galatians 1 is authoritative? Does the book of Mormon teach the same Gospel as Paul, or a different one? Does the book of Mormon teach the same Gospel as Paul, or a different one? If the same, then stick with the Bible, as the book of Mormon would be redundant. If the same, then stick with the Bible, as the book of Mormon would be redundant. If different, then heed warnings of the Bible If different, then heed warnings of the Bible If they ask you to pray about the book of Mormon... If they ask you to pray about the book of Mormon...

26 Just the same? Jehovahs Witness Jesus isnt God Jesus isnt God Not allowed to take materials Not allowed to take materials Works based Works based 144,000 anointed ones 144,000 anointed ones Annihilation instead of Hell Annihilation instead of Hell Christianity Jesus is God – show verses – John 1:1-5 John 8:58: I AM vs. I have been Test everything; hold onto the good

27 John 1:1 Real version: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. JW version: and the Word was a God. Contradicts monotheistic passages They dont translate it a God anywhere else.

28 Just the same? Hinduism / New Age Reincarnation Reincarnation This is an illusion This is an illusion Karma Karma All religions are valid All religions are valid No literal Heaven or Hell No literal Heaven or Hell Christianity Die once then face judgment (Hebrews 9:7) This is real Heaven & Hell are real Christianity claims to be exclusive

29 New Age quotes We create our own reality. We create our own reality. This is all just an illusion. This is all just an illusion. We are all connected / the same thing. We are all connected / the same thing. There is no right or wrong. There is no right or wrong.

30 Just the same? Buddhist Goal: Eliminate desire Goal: Eliminate desire The existence of the individual self is an illusion The existence of the individual self is an illusion Self-reliant Self-reliant No creator God No creator God No Heaven or Hell No Heaven or Hell Christianity Sin is our problem One God Heaven & Hell are real Jesus is God

31 Other Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Jesus is not God, just an enlightened vegetarian Jesus is not God, just an enlightened vegetarian Reincarnation Reincarnation Chanting / rule following to release bad Karma Chanting / rule following to release bad Karma Wicca Wicca Jesus is rejected or just considered a teacher of love and compassion. Jesus is rejected or just considered a teacher of love and compassion. Were not sinful / dont need salvation Were not sinful / dont need salvation

32 Why I cant be an atheist... Something came from nothing? Something came from nothing? Life came from non-life? Life came from non-life? Evolution to everything we see today? Evolution to everything we see today? Oxymoronic fine–tuning from chaos? Oxymoronic fine–tuning from chaos? Consciousness from materials? Consciousness from materials? Morality from nothing? Morality from nothing?

33 Summary Be obedient – share the truth of Jesus in love where possible Be obedient – share the truth of Jesus in love where possible Faith flags Faith flags Be equipped to tell your story Be equipped to tell your story Understand their perspective Understand their perspective I dont know, but Ill find out I dont know, but Ill find out Pray Pray Ask questions Ask questions Proclaim the Gospel Proclaim the Gospel

34 Ambassadors for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christs behalf: Be reconciled to God.

35 Whos in charge? God is. John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

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