Process Oriented Evangelism

New Philly Hillside
Preached by Christian Lee on May 18, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 79 minutes (audio)

Discussion Questions

Christian Tendencies Toward the World

  1. When it comes to relating to the unchurched, Pastor Christian talked about how many Christians respond in one of three ways: cocooning, combating, or conforming. [1] Have you found this to be true or do you personally identify with any of these tendencies?
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    Fisher of Men

  3. Pastor Christian shared his personal experiences with four evangelism approaches (open air preaching, booklet based, Ten Commandments, power evangelism). Do you have any evangelism experiences that you can share about?
  4. Read John 4:4-26. How does Jesus respond when the woman at the well changes the subject abruptly in verse 20? Why do you think Jesus allowed this? Have you ever felt Jesus treat you similarly?
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    Process Oriented Evangelism

  6. Read John 4:31-41. Jesus likened evangelism to a harvest. One sows and another reaps. What is the main wisdom on evangelism that Pastor Christian drew out from this passage?
  7. Although being a Christian and not being a Christian is very black and white. Tim Keller points out, “we must also acknowledge that coming to this point of uniting to Christ by faith often works as a process, not only as an event.”[2] What has your own experience been like in becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ?
  8. Why is it that many people in our post-modern (and post-Christendom) culture have difficulty in making an intelligent commitment to Christ after hearing scripted, formulaic presentations of the gospel?
  9. How can a Christian community help in bringing an unchurched person through the process of becoming a committed Christian? What are common mistakes that Christians and Christian communities make that hinder an unchurched person from coming to Christ?
  10. Many unchurched people (especially in a big city) go through a process before considering a commitment to Christ. Tim Keller identifies the mini-decision process like this. What do you think of Keller’s observation?
    1. Awareness: “I see it.”
    2. Relevance: “I need it.”
    3. Credibility: “I need it because it’s true.”
    4. Trial: “I see what it would be like.”
    5. Commitment: “I take it.”
    6. Reinforcement: “Now I get it.”

 

Footnotes
  1. To read more about this, see The Culturally Savvy Christian by Dick Staub.
  2. Tim Keller, Center Church, p. 281.

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