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Varieties of Materials 1. Bible verses 2. Additional Information (text boxes) 3. Instructions 4. Questions/Discussions
How to get involved Introduction Today I'm a believer because someone took the time and made the effort to get involved in my life.
Five Things to Know A. Their "faith" is __________ from yours. 1. For them "faith" and _________ are inseparable Q. Is your faith inseparable from your culture? 2. They are _________ of their language and culture. 3. "Faith" is not a __________ but part of their __________. different culture proud choice heritage
B. The culture of the west is Christianity 4.The spread of Christianity. a. ________________ a. ________________ b. ________________ b. ________________ c. ________________ c. ________________ d. ________________ d. ________________ 5. The western world is seen as ________ and _________. So they have ____________ it. 6. So avoid using the word “_________”. Use instead Believers in the _________. Use instead Believers in the _________. Apostle European Colonialism Western world Christian corrupt no respect for Christianity Lord Jesus
C. The Gospel is dangerous. 7. It is a _________ for a person to change his or her religion. Why? 7. It is a _________ for a person to change his or her religion. Why? 8. Consider the following risks a person must consider: a. _____________ b. _____________ c. _____________ d. _____________ 9. What are some of the costs? 9. What are some of the costs? a. A different view of __________ b. A different way of ___________ c. A different standard of ____________ crime Culture Community Physical Economy life thinking behaviour
D. Political Differences 10. Within the one name there are many differences: 10. Within the one name there are many differences: a. _____________ b. _____________ c. _____________ d. _____________ e. _____________ Political Ethnic Religion Culture Language
E. A long-term Commitment 11. To accomplish anything you must commit __________ and __________. 12. Consider the following stages a. Genuine Friendship b. Visiting back and forth c. Caring, e.g. holidays d. Bible Study (get advise) e. “adopt” a new believer effort time
Five Things to Do F. Love and pray for them. 17. Note the seven things in Is. 11:2 1. __________________ 2. __________________ 3. __________________ 4. __________________ 5. __________________ 6. __________________ 7. __________________ The Spirit of the Lord Wisdom Understanding Counsel Power Knowledge Fear
G. Communicate Christ 14. you want to help them discover _____ _____ 14. you want to help them discover _____ _____ 15. “I don't want you to become like me. I want to introduce the Lord Jesus to you and you to Him” The work of the holy spirit 16. Talk about the ________ ________ as a natural part of your life 17. Use the __________ and ________ to full advantage The Truth Lord Jesus ChristmasEaster
H. Do not compromise and do not criticize 18. “ I am not ashamed…” Separate biblical truths and personal choices e.g. believing in the Lord Jesus is a biblical truth. Attending _______ church is a personal choice. 19. Be _________, but not __________. 20. Handling criticisms 21. a. Be _______________; be __________. b. Listen, listen, and listen. c. Don’t criticize “Christians” d. Don’t defend others FirmFanatic understandablehumble
I. Avoid Debating 22. 2 Tim. 2:23 Debating has been a life style for them Debating has been a life style for them 23. The alternative Listen and share 24. Weaknesses of debating a. You’re listening to __________ b. Creates ___________ c. Generates __________ d. Never promotes ___________ yourself conflict pride friendships
J. Respect their culture, traditions, and believes 25. Ask and learn about their _______ and _______ 26. Go overboard in ___________ their culture and behavior. 27. Never _________ what is said. Say “That is interesting”. 28. Respect yourself. Be honest, but polite. history culture respecting contradict
Conclusion 29. Memorize this quotation: “Any meaningful dialogue with your cousins needs to start by walking with them, listening to needs to start by walking with them, listening to them and asking them questions.” them and asking them questions.” 30. Commitment.
How to know where you’re Going Introduction Five themes to which you will return to maybe hundreds of times and yet you will score. Do not grow weary!! Do not grow weary!! Do not get sidetracked!! Do not get sidetracked!!
1. Listen, listen, and listen Do not ___________ and don’t __________ 2. Present what the _______ teaches by using ________. Humbly and gently use your own story. Humbly and gently use your own story. 10% Theory 90% Popular beliefs & practices Theological Iceberg contradictargue Bible stories
3. Each section will have three parts 1. F.Y.I. only ( For your information ) 2. Themes to repeat 3. Stories 4. Know that “the other” (their concepts) and “the new” are worlds apart 5. Don’t play games by pretending they are somewhat similar. Never talk about the differences.
A. A New Concept of God 6. F.Y.I. only They understand GOD as: a. A Judge avenger b. as unknowable c. Fickle and unpredictable d. Unresponsive to human cries (“Dare to all him Father”) (“Dare to all him Father”)
7. Themes to be presented In the bible, GOD shows himself as: a. Loving Father b. Seeker c. Deliverer, Healer, and Savior d. Faithful (True to his word) e. Forgiving 8. Use the following Stories to illustrate your themes: a. The Prodigal Son b. The Samaritan woman c. John 9 d. Exodus 12 e. The paralytic
B. A New Concept of Sin 9. F.Y.I only They understand sin as: a. A mistaken choice or a slip of memory b. It is God’s fault c. Justifiable (excusable) d. Will be compensated by good deeds
10. The points you need to make a. Measurable by God’s law a. Measurable by God’s law b. A result of choice b. A result of choice c. An offense against God (Ps. 51) c. An offense against God (Ps. 51) d. Wiped out by forgiveness d. Wiped out by forgiveness 11. Stories you may use a. Adam’s expulsion a. Adam’s expulsion b. Noah getting drunk b. Noah getting drunk c. David c. David d. The day of atonement (Lev. 16) d. The day of atonement (Lev. 16)
C. A New Concept of Faith Faith = Accepting and acting upon what God syas 12. F.Y.I only They interpret faith to mean They interpret faith to mean a. Trying to keep the rules b. Trying to do the rituals ( See appendix 1 ) c. Knowing the facts and defending them d. Doing as much good as possible
13. You want to present the following points a. Faith is response to God a. Faith is response to God b. Faith is a personal relationship with God b. Faith is a personal relationship with God c. Faith is life-transforming c. Faith is life-transforming d. Faith enlightens heart and mind d. Faith enlightens heart and mind 14. Stories you can use to illustrate your points a. Abraham (Gen. 12) a. Abraham (Gen. 12) b. New Covenant (Jer. 33) b. New Covenant (Jer. 33) c. Zaccheus (Luke 19) c. Zaccheus (Luke 19) d. Paul (Acts 9) d. Paul (Acts 9)
D. A New Concept of Forgiveness 15. F.Y.I only Their concept of forgiveness is: Their concept of forgiveness is: a. God’s forgiveness has no objective basis b. Impossible to know c. A certain amount of forgiveness will be achieved by good deeds d. No one (God or human) guarantees forgiveness
16. You want to illustrate the following points a. Forgiveness is a gift a. Forgiveness is a gift b. Forgiveness has an objective basis b. Forgiveness has an objective basis c. Forgiveness is offered to everyone c. Forgiveness is offered to everyone d. Forgiveness is life-transforming d. Forgiveness is life-transforming 17. Stories you might use a. David and Nathan (1 Samuel) a. David and Nathan (1 Samuel) b. Sacrificial system (Leviticus) b. Sacrificial system (Leviticus) c. Prostitute (Luke 7) c. Prostitute (Luke 7) d. Jacob (Genesis 32) d. Jacob (Genesis 32)
E. A New Concept of Eternal Life 18. F.Y.I only Their concept of eternal life is this: Their concept of eternal life is this: a. Unknown and uncertain b. Physical and sensual c. Projected into the future d. To be gained by good deeds
19. You want to repeat over and over the following points a. Begins when people respond in faith a. Begins when people respond in faith b. Transforms every part of life b. Transforms every part of life c. Based on God’s promise, we can know for sure c. Based on God’s promise, we can know for sure d. Result of the relationship established by faith d. Result of the relationship established by faith 20. Stories to illustrate your themes a. Stephen. John the Baptist a. Stephen. John the Baptist b. Job – Forgiven and restored b. Job – Forgiven and restored c. Crossing the red sea c. Crossing the red sea d. The bronze serpent d. The bronze serpent
Conclusion 21. Pray, pray, and pray Use the Bible, Ask them to read passages 22. Don’t use to pressure tactics, threats, or manipulation 23. Move at their speed 24. Measure progress by their readiness to verbalize biblical concepts
Who is Christ Christ said to Peter Who do men say I am ? Who do you say I am ? Assignment 1. What have you heard other people say ? 2. How would you personally answer the question ? Why ? question ? Why ?
A. According to the Law, Prophets, and Psalms 1. He will defeat Satan (Gen. 3:15) 2. He will be born of a virgin (Is. 7:14) 3. He will arrive as a king (Zech. 9:9) 4. He will suffer and die for others (Is. 53) (Ps. 22:16- 18) 5. He will rule as king (Dan. 13-14) (Mk. 14:60-61) Conclusion The old testament predicted the coming of Christ - The case for Christ, Lee Strobel
B. According to Himself 6. The “I Am” statements (Ex. 3:14) (See appendix) 7. Healer and Forgiver (Mk. 2:1-12) Only God can forgive sin. Only God can forgive sin. Jesus forgave the man sin. Jesus forgave the man sin. He confirmed His claim by healing the man. He confirmed His claim by healing the man. 8. Greater than Moses (Deut. 18:18) (Mt. 5:21-22) 9. Equal with God (John 10:30) 10. His pre-existence. (John 8:58) Conclusion Jesus made many claims that He is GOD.
C. According to the New Testament * Remember we are not talking about the first century 11. Peter (Acts 2:22-36) 12. Stephen (Acts 7:59-60) 13. Paul (1 Cor. 9:1) 14. John (John 1:1-14) The Word became flesh and dwelt among us 15. Believers worshipped Him as God New Testament description of Christ Appendix – from Arabic com. Page 2023 Conclusion The first believers accepted that Jesus was God. They experienced His power and worshipped Him.
D. According to the Other Books * Treat these as echoes, not as proof texts. 16. Miraculous conception (Sura 66:12) and birth (Sura 19:19-21) and birth (Sura 19:19-21) 17. His supernatural knowledge (Sura 3:49) 18. Jesus being the word of God (Sura 4:171) 19. Jesus as a miracle-worker: a. He createsb. He Heals c. He raises the dead (Sura 5:110, 3:49) 20. Jesus ascended to heaven. He will return and judge the world (Sura 3:55) ( Appendix – all 11 refs. To Jesus ) Conclusion These echoes provide a framework for discussion.
E. According to You * Share your experience, not your history. 21. What is the most important spiritual blessing you are now enjoying? 22. What used to characterize your life? Show that before you believed in Christ your life was different. 23. Upon which promises of God is your transformed relationship based 24. describe how you make a personal choice to invite Jesus Christ to your life. 25. Affirm that everything about your life is different because Jesus is your Savior and Lord Conclusion You are an expert witness to the power of the living Christ. Be humble and patient. Repeat your story over and over.
Conclusion 26. The first and last issue is Jesus Christ. 27. Use the Bible constantly * Ask them to read it * Ask them what they think the reading means 28. Depend on the Holy Spirit: To guide you, and to empower you.
Five Unavoidable Questions Things to keep in mind 1. Don’t call these five questions objections 2. They arise from the people’s history and culture 3. Never act surprised, even when you are asked the same question ten times. 4. Don’t deny, attack or defend. Provide information. 5. Don’t try to win, just explain. 6. Pray for humility and gentleness. 7. Depend on the holy spirit. 8. Whenever possible, as questions rather than make statements (this sounds less aggressive).
#1 You will hear them ask: Is Jesus God? Why is Jesus called the Son of God? They mean: Is there more than one God? Can God be limited by human form? Are Christians polytheists? (worship many gods). God has no wife and therefore no son. Things you will point out: 1. Affirm that believers are monotheists. 2. Explain what the word “Son” means. 3. Affirm His miraculous conception and birth. 4. Our answers come from the Bible. 5. His claims and His works demonstrate His deity. Appendix: What the Koran says about His work.
#2 You will hear them ask: Did Jesus really die and rise again? They mean: In Jesus’ place another man was killed. Jesus escaped and went up to heaven. Things you will point out: 1. Would God deceive us? 2. Jesus’ claims about His own birth, death, and resurrection. 3. Sura 4:157 refers to Jesus’ death. It is the Jews who question it. 4. The old testament prophecies point to the need for His death 5. Ask them: How can sin be wiped out? What is the basis of God’s forgiveness?
#3 You will hear them ask: Why has the Bible been changed? They mean: Christian changed the text of the Bible in order to hide its message. Things you will point out: 1. God will protect His word so that it cannot be changed. 2. The Koran affirms the truthfulness of the Bible. 3. Ask them to show you __________ has been changed. 4. Show them the sermon on the mount. 5. Ask them __________ it was changed: * Before the 7 th century? (impossible) * After the 7 th century? (impossible) 6. Ask them ________ changed it? what when who
#4 You will hear them ask: The Bible has been superseded by a later, and therefore superior, revelation? They mean: The later revelation is more important. The bible has no longer any value. Things you will point out: 1. The Koran itself refers to the authority of the Bible. 2. The Koran calls the four books (Torah, Zebur, Injel, and Koran) as heavenly books. 3. The Bible is needed to get the big picture, e.g. the Ten Commandments.
#5 You will hear them ask: Do Christian believe in three gods? They mean: Things you will point out: 1. No! No! No! 2. According to the Bible: * The Father is God. * The Son is God. * The Holy Spirit is God. 3. 1X1X1 = 1 Appendix: verses in Bible about monotheism
Conclusion 1. Be empathetic. Try to understand ________ they are asking these questions. 2. Pray. Pray. Pray. Only the Holy Spirit can enlighten their understanding. 3. Your friendship and lifestyle need to confirm the authenticity of your answers. 4. Keep on asking questions about their faith relating to Christ, prayer, fasting, and eternal life. 5. Accept their answers that they give you. why
Conclusion 6. Humbly and quickly talk about your own spiritual life. a. Christ at work in your life. b. Prayer as fellowship with God. c. Talk about fasting as a spiritual experience. d. Talk about your confidence in enjoying eternal life as a GIFT from God.