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					What‟s wrong with
    people?
 What are the two
central facts of the
     Gospel?
What two promises
 does the Gospel
      make?
 What constitutes a
right response to the
       Gospel?
    The
Gather/Scatter
 Approach
     The
Seeker-Oriented
   Approach
      The
Seeker-Sensitive
   Approach
    The
“Come and See”
  Approach
  Which
approach is
 right?
    The
Cold-Turkey
 Approach
                  Strengths:
+ Takes seriously the Great Commission.
+ Relies on God to change hearts.

+ Can be done anywhere, anytime with anyone.
                  Weaknesses:
– It goes counter to our culture which is busy, private,
suspicious, bombarded with “offers” and ads.
– It ignores the power of a relationship to provide the
soil of love and trust in which the Gospel is more likely
to germinate.
– It is the most difficult approach for most people.
   The
Relational
Approach
  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its
   saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no
 longer good for anything except to be thrown out and
  trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A
   city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put
    it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the
   house. In the same way, let your light shine before
   men, that they may see your good deeds and praise
                  your Father in heaven.”

                     Matthew 5:13-16
D+P=I
Distinctiveness
Distinctiveness
      +
 Proximity
Distinctiveness
      +
 Proximity
      =
   Impact
                  Strengths:
+ Relationships are powerful bridges to transparency &
trust.
+ It works. The majority of people who profess faith
& continue have done so with the aid of some positive
Christian relationships.
+ Many who can‟t (or won‟t) strike up a conversation
spontaneously do feel comfortable making friends.
       Top Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Share

#10.   Christianity isn‟t real to us.

#9.    We‟ve come to believe that it‟s private, and none
       of our business.
#8.    We really don‟t believe that people are lost.

#7.    We really don‟t believe that people matter to God.

#6.    We‟re afraid that we won‟t have the answers and
       will look stupid.
      Top Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Share

#5.   We don‟t really care about others.

#4.   We‟re afraid of what others might think of us, or
      afraid of losing friends.
#3.   We think it‟s someone else‟s responsibility.

#2.   We‟re too busy with our own lives to get involved
      with others.

#1.   We feel ashamed of who we really are, and think
      we have no right to say anything to anyone about
      God.
The Hub
The Spokes
The Rim
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat
          falls to the ground and dies,
         it remains only a single seed.
    But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

                   John 12:24
    “You deserve a break today!” the TV sings. From all
sides, the message rings, “You owe it to yourself!” We are
     constantly blasted with attractive options for career,
shelter, transport, clothing, recreation and relaxation. The
     result is that we pursue material things without limit,
having become victims of the “looking out for #1” mindset.
   In the middle of this noise we miss the cries of millions
 who have no idea why they live, why they suffer, or who
    made them. They wonder if an eternity exists, and in
    dark, solitary moments, they wish to a God they don't
 know that they weren't born. Millions slip quietly into an
eternity without Christ while we go about ridding ourselves
  of inconveniences. Unfortunately, those people become
victims of our comfort. Few people would say that comfort
                itself is evil. That's not the issue.
The issue is: What effect does comfort have on our lives,
 and what role does comfort have in our decision-making
processes, and how do our decisions about comfort affect
 those whose only hope for eternal life in Christ depends
    on our reaching out to share ourselves? We aren’t
 supposed to make decisions based on what feels good.
Christ would never have gone to the cross had that been
a major criterion, and there is a good chance that many of
us would not have a personal relationship with Christ had
     not someone been willing to do the inconvenient.
       It is blunt and uncomfortable, but the issue must be
 faced: What is more significant: my desire for personal
  comfort or a person’s almost incomprehensible need to
          know Christ and avoid an eternity in hell?
     If we Christians are really going to revolutionize
the world with the message of Christ, then there has to be
                     a lot more dying.

                       Greg Sidders
    “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers,
intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–
 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live
peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
       This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
      who wants all men to be saved and to come
              to a knowledge of the truth.”

                     1 Timothy 2:1-4
 “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers
in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which
war against your soul. Live such good lives among
 the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing
 wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify
           God on the day He visits us.”

                   1 Peter 2:11-12
“For better or worse, the life a Christian lives
   in the presence of those he seeks to win
 is a preview of what the non-Christian’s life
will become if he accepts what he is hearing.
       Generally, he will decide either to
          accept or reject Christianity
        according to what he has seen.”

        Evangelism as a Lifestyle, Jim Peterson
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
  comes on you; and you will be my witnesses
   in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
          and to the ends of the earth.”

                     Acts 1:8
 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always
 be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks
  you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
  But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a
clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously
     against your good behavior in Christ may be
              ashamed of their slander.”

                    1 Peter 3:15-16
   “If you were to die tonight,
how certain (from 0-100%) are you
    that you’d go to heaven?”
“Suppose you were to die tonight, and
stand before God, and He were to ask
  you why you should be allowed to
     enter, what might you say?”
“Do you think there is a God?
     Why or why not?”
“What was your religious background
   like? Where are you today?”
 “Have you given any thought to the
purpose for life? What are the things
     you find worth living for?”
“Do you think there is life after death?
          Why or why not?”
“Do you attend a church? Why do you
  think so many people avoid church
            attendance?”
“How are you teaching your kids about
               God?”
“How do you determine whether
 something is right or wrong?”
  When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees
saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors,
  they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with
   tax collectors and „sinners‟?” On hearing this,
    Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who
    need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come
          to call the righteous, but sinners.”

                     Mark 2:16-17
         Is there a God?
            N    Y




    The
Decision Tree
                                  Is there a God?
     Am I sure?
                                        N
     Y        N
                                 Existentialism


         Agnosticism
                             N
 Atheism               Can I live like it?
 Life = Accident             Y
  No meaning
   No purpose
 No right/wrong
Death is The End

                       The
                   Decision Tree
                                  Is there a God?
     Am I sure?                                                       Is He Personal?
                                        N        Y
     Y        N                                      N                                                  Y
                                 Existentialism


         Agnosticism
                                                                                       Who was Jesus?




                                              Animism
                             N




                                              Pantheism
                                              Eastern Mysticism
                                              New Age
 Atheism               Can I live like it?
                                                                         God.                    A man.
 Life = Accident             Y




                                                                                             Judaism

                                                                                                       Islam
                                                                            Christianity
  No meaning
   No purpose
 No right/wrong
Death is The End

                       The
                                                                  Is the Bible true?
                   Decision Tree
                                                      Y             Y/N                        N
                                             Evangelicals             Cults                   Liberals
                Romans 6:23
(Four Qs)




            In Christ Jesus our Lord
WAGES                                   GIFT

                                        GOD
  SIN


                                       ETERNAL
 DEATH                                   LIFE




                      BUT
             Practical Pigeonholing




Conversion
             Practical Pigeonholing




Conversion




                         Association
               Practical Pigeonholing
             The Unchurched
                Christian




Conversion
                  Love
                  Explain
                  Evangelize

              The Unchurched
               non-Christian   Association
               Practical Pigeonholing
             The Unchurched
                Christian




Conversion

                     Love
                     Invite
                     Include

              The Unchurched                 The Churched
               non-Christian   Association   non-Christian
               Practical Pigeonholing
             The Unchurched                  The Churched
                Christian                      Christian




Conversion

                                             Teach
                                             Challenge
                                             Evangelize

              The Unchurched                 The Churched
               non-Christian   Association   non-Christian
               Practical Pigeonholing
             The Unchurched                  The Churched
                Christian                      Christian

                 Include
                 Explain
                 Challenge
Conversion




              The Unchurched                 The Churched
               non-Christian   Association   non-Christian
               Practical Pigeonholing
             The Unchurched                  The Committed
                Christian                      Christian
                                              Worshipping
                                                Obeying
                                             Fellowshipping
Conversion                                       Serving




              The Unchurched                 The Churched
               non-Christian   Association   non-Christian

				
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