When Paul preached to the Jews, he preached about God's dealings with the Israelites in the Old Testament. But when Paul went to Athens he knew that this approach would be meaningless to pagans, so he began with something they...
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When Paul preached to the Jews, he preached about God's dealings with the Israelites in the Old Testament. But when Paul went to Athens he knew that this approach would be meaningless to pagans, so he began with something they would identify with as he walked them toward Christ. Such an approach is the foundation of the LIFEWORKS course. Contemporary Australians are thoroughly postmodern in outlook; that is, they no longer arrive at truth through reason, but through experience. We cannot ignore this if we want our evangelism to connect with this generation. At the same time as we give them reasons to believe, we must also give them the experience of real Christianity. The growing majority of non-churched Australians have never been to church, even as children. When they hear the gospel, it's not just that they don't believe it yet - it doesn't even seem believable at all. They have no underlying set of beliefs that might give credibility to the gospel. The work of evangelism must begin by seeking to give these people a Christian worldview.
LIFEWORKS teaches the clear, unchanging message of the gospel through a weekly series of 10 talks based around a meal, each accompanied by a guided discussion group. The content is 70% pre-evangelism and 30% gospel, with the gospel itself being introduced in the final 3 sessions. Unlike any other tool, LIFEWORKS has pre-evangelism as its main focus. Each weekly topic can be followed up through a webpage that includes further information and answers to hard questions arising from that topic. No printed material needs to be purchased each time you run the course - just print what you need from the included CD (speaker's notes, participants' handouts, group leader's Toolkit, logistical guide for organiser, bulletin inserts, etc, etc!). DVDs allow you to use John North's excellent presentation of the course, while still running dinner and discussion groups yourself. And your purchase of LIFEWORKS will grant you membership in the LifeWorks Leaders Forum - an internet chat site where you can interact with other LIFEWORKS organisers. Full speakers notes and PowerPoint enable you to teach LIFEWORKS yourself very effectively, or have a lay person teach it.
LIFEWORKS has been "road-tested" in hundreds of Australian churches, enabling them to lead thousands of Australian adults to faith in Jesus Christ.
- DVDs containing each week's teaching^- CD containing:
1) Logistical guide for the course organiser
2) Speaker's Notes so the course can be taught live
3) PowerPoint presentations to accompany the Speaker's Notes
4) Group Leaders Toolkit with ideas and discussion topics
5) Weekly Handouts for all course participants
6) Other useful resources
FOR MORE INFORMATION...
- Visit the website: www.afci.com.au/lifeworks
- Ring the LifeWorks office: (02) 9546 6511
John North is the National Director of Ambassadors for Christ International, Australia and is married to Lois and together they have four children. Born in India to missionary parents, he completed his Master of Theology in Texas and has travelled and ministered extensively around the world. John loves to teach the Bible in a penetrating, challenging way that makes a deep difference in people's way of life. He hosts a daily devotional on Christian radio in Sydney where he now lives.
GrowthWorks is a ministry resource of Ambassadors for Christ International. AFCI works to accelerate the spread of the gospel through local churches. AFCI produces Bible-based resources in the area of evangelism and spiritual life. For more information, visit www.afci.com.au.