Presentation on theme: "I Cant Do This.. Is Christian conversion simply the moment of decision? "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!""— Presentation transcript:
Is Christian conversion simply the moment of decision? "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" -- 2 Corinthians 5:17 Should conversion be seen as a process that includes (1) serious heart-searching before making a decision, (2) a decision to submit to Christ's lordship, and (3) a commitment to discipleship after coming to that decision? discipleship Sometimes people concentrate solely on the single moment or point of conversion (soul-winning). They neglect the "before" and "after" steps of a what the call to become a believer in Christ means for most people. Those "before" steps may be brought on by activity that some have called pre-evangelism.
I Cant Do This. Hesselgrave's stages of conversion In his book Communicating Christ cross-culturally (Zondervan, 1978, pages 446- 452), David Hesselgrave points to several stages which generally occur in authentic Christian conversion Discovery "There is a person called Christ whom the true God is said to have sent into the world to be the Savior and Lord of human beings."God Deliberation "Should I forsake my old ways and follow Christ?" Determination "I will repent and believe in Christ." Dissonance "Forces are trying to draw me back to the old ways. Shall I resist them and continue to follow Christ?" Discipline "I will identify with the people of Christ in His church. I will live in submission to His lordship and church discipline.
I Cant Do This. Modified Engel Scale LevelDescriptionGod is…Mans Task -12No God frameworkConfirmingPrayer -11Experience of emptinessPresence -10God frameworkRevealing -9Vague awareness and belief in God -8Wondering if God can be knownPreparation -7Aware of JesusGod guiding -6Interested in Jesus -5Experience of Christian loveProclamation -4Aware of the basic facts of the GospelConvicting -3Aware of personal need -2Grasp the implications of the GospelPower -1Challenged to respond personallyConverting 0Repentance and faith
I Cant Do This. Modified Engel Scale LevelDescriptionGod is…Mans Task +1Holy Spirit given/baptismTransforming Encouragement +2Functioning member of local churchEmpowering +3Continuing growth in character, lifestyle, and service +4Part of team leadershipSupport
I Cant Do This. Lessons from the Gray Matrix Effective evangelism not only requires people to obtain more knowledge – they must also move from a position of antagonism/indifference to a more positive viewpoint. They are unlikely to wish to find out more until they view Christianity more positively.