FORUM 3 EVAN 525

1. In reaction to the article on “Incarnational Apologetics,” how does this approach impact the way evangelism is taught and acted out in daily life? How do you balance “incarnational” and “informational” approaches to evangelism? Is there a connection? In addition, based on McRaney Chapter 8, how would the distinction between “Informational” and Incarnational” approaches to evangelism relate to the barriers you have in witnessing? For instance, do your struggle relating to people on an “incarnational” level; or are you afraid on an “informational” level that people might ask a question that you cannot answer? What barriers need to be removed in your life in order for you to balance these approaches? Respond in 225 words. Be VERY thorough, thought provoking, and honest with your classmates!

Relationship

According to McRaney, God created people to live forever, and this demonstrates his desire for an everlasting relationship with mankind.[1]  This statement empowers the believer to go forward with the act of personal evangelism knowing that sharing the gospel with an unbeliever fulfills this deep desire of The Heavenly Father.  The contemporary culture is searching for something that is lasting, real, and deeply personal.  A relationship with God meets that need.  Personal evangelism focuses on relationship building and reconciles man to God it also opens the door to membership into the community of God. [2]

Community

The author stated, “The Bible refers to [believers] as a community of faith.”[3]  The construct of “community” began with the Triune God, and He wanted to extend that oneness to humanity.[4]  Personal evangelism that results in an acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s Savior grants that person entrance into this community.[5]  It impacts the believer’s walk because each believer represents that community.  The outside world must see a representation of a place, concept, or a community of unconditional love that they yearn to be a part of when they look at the lifestyle of believers. This leads this writer to want her life to reflect the concept presented in Ephesians 4:32 New International Version (NIV).

Notes Part 1

[1] William McRaney, The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2003), 15, Kindle.

[2] McRaney, The Art of, 16.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid., 17.

[5] Ibid.

2. After watching the Lindsey video, in reference to her approach to life and faith, if she were a neighbor of yours how would you go about reaching her with the Gospel? When answering, consider what we have learned and discussed in class to this point, as well as the implications of the 2 videos presented by Earley in reference to the life of the witness and praying for the unsaved. Be very thorough and thought provoking in 225 words.

Having read the assigned reading Joyce was reminded that believers have a commission from The Lord, “make disciples, preach, and witness”.[1]  Joyce has focused on preaching and discipling; however, the scope has been limited to an online venue.  Personally witnessing to people in the offline venue has not been an ongoing pursuit.  The author’s online ministry is indeed preaching and teaching many nations, but personal evangelism in her current community is remiss [Living in GA in a town she does not know and among total strangers].  Partial obedience is not an option for any believer.  Therefore, stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is pivotal to absolute obedience to The Lord.  Earley and Wheeler declared “evangelism is more than passing on information . . .  [moreover, it] is not a spiritual gift”.[2]  This statement clarified the confusing construct that the Joyce has heard presented in sermons over the years.  The learning to listen video series pinpointed the fact that the writer is not always actively, and intentionally listening to people as they speak in the manner that Jesus listened to the Samaritan woman.[3] The five levels of listening were truly poignant and eye-opening. [4] Reflecting back what the person is saying for clarification is a Rogerian methodology that the author learned in college; however, it has not been applied to discipleship or evangelism.[5] Finally, the importance of intentional and active listening reflects how the Lord listens to us; it is the Joyce’s deepest desire to practice listening as Jesus practiced it.[6] This will be similar to applying strategies learned to be an educator of special needs students to the act of evangelism.

Notes Part 2

[1] Dave Earley & David Wheeler, Evangelism Is–: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2010), 18, Kindle.

[2] Dave Earley & David Wheeler, Evangelism Is–: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2010), 283 and Loc. 63, Kindle.

[3] David Wheeler, “Learning to Listen Video Series: How Jesus Practiced Active Listening” (video of lecture, EVAN 525-B12LUO, week1, Liberty University, spring 2015), accessed January 12, 2015. Lynchburg, VA, January 13, 2015).

[4] Ibid.

[5]  David Wheeler, “Learning to Listen Video Series: Hints for Active Listening (video of lecture, EVAN 525-B12LUO, week1, Liberty University, spring 2015), accessed January 12, 2015.

[6] Ibid.

Bibliography

 Earley, Dave and David Wheeler. Evangelism Is–: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010, Kindle.

McRaney, William. The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2003.

Wheeler, David. “Learning to Listen Video Series: Hints for Active Listening”. (Video of lecture, EVAN 525-B12LUO, week1, Liberty University, spring 2015). Accessed January 12, 2015.

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