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10 Questions for Evangelistic Conversations

10 Questions for Evangelistic Conversations

Dr. Don Whitney has a great resource on his website called, “Ten Questions to Ask to Turn a Conversation Toward the Gospel”.  Actually initiating a gospel-focused conversation is usually the hardest part.  Here are ten questions he has found helpful for turning a conversation toward the gospel:[1]

  1. When you die, if God says to you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?”, what would you say? Are you interested in what the Bible says about your answer?
  2. If you were to die tonight, where do you think you would spend eternity? Why? Are you interested in what the Bible says about this?
  3. Do you think much about spiritual things?
  4. How is God involved in your life?
  5. How important is your faith to you?
  6. What has been your most meaningful spiritual experience?
  7. Do you find that your religious heritage answers your questions about life?
  8. Do you have any kind of spiritual beliefs? If what you believe were not true, would you want to know it? Well, the Bible says . . . .
  9. To you, who is Jesus?
  10. I often like to pray for people I meet; how can I pray for you?

 

 

[1] Copyright © 2002 Donald S. Whitney.

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The Book of Heavenly Wisdom

The Book of Heavenly Wisdom

Adoniram Judson believed deeply in the power of the written Word. So firmly did he rely on the power of the Scripture that he printed and distributed his own tracts to a people who were not highly literate. Though the common person had some elementary literacy level, it was uncommon to spread news in general through the printed page. However, Judson still sought to spread the gospel through literature and Bible. Against all conventional wisdom, he was remarkably successful in his tract distribution. Having seen the amazing conversion fruit of tract distribution in Burma, he penned this poem, relishing the Word and its power to draw souls to Christ.

He never saw

The book of heavenly wisdom, and no saint

Had told him how the sinner might be saved.

But to his hut

A little tract—a messenger of love,

A herald of glad tidings—found its way.

The hue

Of death was on his cheek.

His burning brow

Told of the pain he felt.

Still no saint was near

To tell of joys to come.

No man of God

Stood by his bed to soothe the final hour;

But he had peace.

“When I am dead,” he saith, “put ye the little book

Upon my breast, and let it go with me

Down to my sepulcher.  It taught me all

That I have learned of God, and heaven, and hell.

I love the man who wrote it, and that God

Who brought it to my home.”[1]

 

[1]Middleditch, Burmah’s Great, 288-289.

The Lausanne Movement: Collaboration & Content

The Lausanne Movement: Collaboration & Content

I am taking a moment to unashamedly promote a great resource that is under-utilized and generally unknown among the evangelical, missions-minded world. The Lausanne Movement has been at the forefront of developing both innovative and biblical missiology since the 1970s. I serve as the Deputy Director for Collaboration and Content at Lausanne, and in my editing/curating, I regularly discover wonderful articles and essays that deserve consideration.

On the website there are many great resources. Here are a few places to start:

  • The About page is a must-read for understanding the breadth and depth of The Lausanne Movement and its contribution to evangelical missions.
  • Check out everything in the Content Library.
  • The Lausanne Global Analysis, published bi-monthly, describes itself as seeking “to deliver strategic and credible information and insight from an international network of evangelical analysts to equip influencers of global mission.”
  • The Lausanne Occasional Paper section contains scholarly papers by leading evangelical, missions-minded thinkers and practitioners addressing issues related to global mission.
    • In the Content Library there are other multimedia resources and tools for education and the local church.
  • Another great resource for global collaboration is the link for Connections. In this section there are numerous networks for global Christian leaders to find others who are serving in similar regions with like-minded ministry vision.

Here is a short video describing The Lausanne Movement in 100 seconds:

Author Interview: Burns on Judson

Author Interview: Burns on Judson

On February 15, 2017, Dr. Marv Newell, Senior VP of Missio Nexus, aired an interview of Dr. Evan Burns, highlighting the new book: A Supreme Desire to Please Him: The Spirituality of Adoniram Judson. The mission of Missio Nexus is to advance the effectiveness of the Great Commission community in North America in global mission. Here is the audio interview: