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Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable

Sam Chan

Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable

Sam Chan

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Most Christians already know that they should be telling their friends about Jesus. But they have been poorly equipped with methods that are no longer effective in today's post-Christian world. As a result, many people become frustrated, blame themselves, and simply give up. Evangelism in a Skeptical World is a textbook on evangelism that is ideal for the church or the classroom to equip Christians with the principles and skills they need to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in a skeptical world.

Many of the older principles and methods of evangelism in the twentieth century no longer work effectively today. In a post-Christian, post-churched, post-reached world we need new methods to communicate the timeless message of the gospel in culturally relevant ways. Dr. Chan combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology on contextualization, cultural hermeneutics, and storytelling. Every chapter is illustrated with real-world examples drawn from over fifteen years of evangelistic ministry. These are methods that really work - with university students, urban workers, and professionals - getting past the defensive posture that people have toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ.

Field-tested and filled with unique, fresh, and creative insights, this book will equip you to share the gospel in today's world and help as many people as possible hear the good news about Jesus.



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Most Christians already know that they should be telling their friends about Jesus. But they have been poorly equipped with methods that are no longer effective in today's post-Christian world. As a result, many people become frustrated, blame themselves, and simply give up. Evangelism in a Skeptical World is a textbook on evangelism that is ideal for the church or the classroom to equip Christians with the principles and skills they need to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in a skeptical world.

Many of the older principles and methods of evangelism in the twentieth century no longer work effectively today. In a post-Christian, post-churched, post-reached world we need new methods to communicate the timeless message of the gospel in culturally relevant ways. Dr. Chan combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology on contextualization, cultural hermeneutics, and storytelling. Every chapter is illustrated with real-world examples drawn from over fifteen years of evangelistic ministry. These are methods that really work - with university students, urban workers, and professionals - getting past the defensive posture that people have toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ.

Field-tested and filled with unique, fresh, and creative insights, this book will equip you to share the gospel in today's world and help as many people as possible hear the good news about Jesus.


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Meet the Author

Sam Chan

Sam Chan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MD, University of Sydney) is a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers. He speaks at conferences around the world on the topics of ethics, story- telling, apologetics, and the practice of evangelism in a post- Christian culture. Sam blogs at espressotheology.com.

Table Of Contents

  • :introduction: Why Would Anyone Believe What We Say?a Non-believing Friend Once Asked Me What Christians Believe Happens To Our Bodies And Souls After We Die. As I Explained To Him That Many Christians Believe That Our Bodies Will Actually Rise From The Grave To Meet Jesus When He Returns, It Hit Me How Unbelievable Our Message Is. Especially To What We Might Call A Post-christian, Postchurched, Post-reached Audience. Yet Most Of Our Evangelism Methods Were Developed In An Age When Most Non-believers At Least Had A Churched Upbringing. If Christians Today Are To Tell Their Friends About Jesus They Must Understand How The World Has Changed In The Last 30 Years And Be Equipped With New Models To Tell Their Friends About Jesus. This Book Will Show You How.chapter 1: What Must I Do For My Friend To Be Saved?theology Of Evangelismthis Chapter Begins With The Story Of Anne, Who Was Invited To Speak Evangelistically To A Playgroup, Which Was Run By Her Church. The Non-christians Loved How Anne’s Talk Spoke So Clearly To Their Hearts. But The Christians Complained That Anne Never Really Told The Gospel Because She Didn’t Use Four Spiritual Laws Or Mention The Words “sin,” “repent” And The “blood Of Christ”. There Is Much Confusion As To What We Exactly Mean By “evangelism.” Christians Will Differ In Their Methods, Models And Message. What We Need Is A Clear Theology Of Evangelism.chapter 2: Scratch Where They Itchhow To Craft A Gospel Presentationthis Chapter Begins With The Story Of Jim, Who Became A Christian In 1975 Because He Loved The News About Jesus Dying For Him And Taking Away His Guilt. But When Jim Tries To Tell This Message To His Teenage Daughter She Finds It Cold And Oppressive. Many Christians Are Stuck With Only One Chief Gospel Metaphor---guilt And Forgiveness. But The Bible Gives Us Many Other Metaphors. We Can Use These To Craft A Compelling Gospel Presentation That Speaks To The Needs And Wants Of Today’s Audience. Chapter 3: “i’m Happy That You’ve Found Jesus But He’s Not For Me”the Challenge And Skills Of Evangelism To Postmodernsthis Chapter Begins With The Story Of Amanda, Who Grew Up In A Small-town, With Christian Parents Who Took Her To Church Every Sunday. But When Amanda Left Home And Went To College, She Was Exposed For The First Time To Derrida And Deconstructionism. When She Tries To Tell Her Friends About Jesus, They Respond By Telling Amanda That She’s A Christian Because She Was Born In The Usa, But Had She Been Born In India She Would’ve Been A Hindu. They Also Tell Amanda That Her Version Of The Gospel Is Merely A Social Construct That Was Imposed Upon Her By Her Parents. Postmodernism Is Both A Friend And Foe To Christianity. It Is A Friend Because It Allows Us To Talk About Spiritual Beliefs. But It Is A Foe Because It Won’t Allow The Christian Story To Be A Universal Story. As A Result, Evangelism Today Will Require A Whole Different Set Of Models And Methods To Capture The Imagination Of Our Audience. Chapter 4: If Jesus Came Today Would He Be A White Man?contextualization For Evangelismthis Chapter Begins With The Story Of Jane, Who Is An Asian-american High School Student. She Is A High Achiever And Her Mother Is A True Asian Tiger Mom. Jane Studies For Hours Each Day And Dreams Of Going To Harvard. One Day, Jane’s Local Youth Pastor Tells Her That Study Has Become Her “idol.” If Jane’s Serious About Following Jesus She Needs To Stop Studying So Hard And Give Up Her Dreams Of Going To Harvard. But Has The Youth Pastor Given The Gospel To Jane, Or Has He Imposed His Non-asian Culture As “gospel” Upon Jane? That Is, Is He Converting Jane To The Gospel Of Jesus, Or Is He Converting Jane To His Own Cultural Norms? Many Christians Can Not See The Syncretism Of Their Own Culture With The Gospel. As A Result, When They Evangelize, They Impose Their Culture Upon The Convert. What They Should Do Instead Is To Contextualize The Gospel.chapter 5: The Force Became Fleshgospel-

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Highly Recommended Reading
5 stars By Dom, Aug 03 2018
Chan's book certainly serves as a helpful tool for Christians in the Western world. Well thought out and argued, Chan provides nuanced and tried suggestions to better engage the gospel with a sceptical audience. I read this book myself and then used the video series as a basis of training and bible studies at church - Chan's ideas were the basis of great group discussion because of the different yet accessible insights it provided. While some aspects were more intellectual than your typical popular book about evangelism, Chan scatters illustrations and stories throughout to explain different theories and explain any cultural engagement he has experienced and studied. 

On the whole, I am very thankful for this resource and recommend it highly to all Christians wishing to be better equipped evangelists. 
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"Go to" book for evangelism
5 stars By KKay, Apr 04 2018
The strength of this book is that it offers both excellent theory and practice. The book starts with the biblical and theological basis for what our "good news" about Jesus is. This very thoughtful theory is followed by a huge amount of information on the best ways to deliver the gospel of Jesus in this day and age. 
There are tips for personal sharing with family and friends in our homes and then tips for doing talks to a mixed audience which will suit both the public speakers and quiet conversationalists in Christ's body. 
The a-ha moments in this book came for me with a helpful analysis of the different eras of "Modern" and "Post modern". I was prompted to think of new ways to speak to my angry post modern friends who are resistant to apologetics, tracts or crusades that used to work in the "modern" era. This book is both a reference and "How to" book which I will read again. We have such great news to share about Jesus, its great to have a thoughtful book that helps us do it well! Highly recommended.
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Pure gold for those who want to communicate the best news in the universe to the disinterested
5 stars By Christine Dillon, Mar 20 2018
This book is gold. It is possible to read it straight through but its strength is that it is a book to go back into and dip in to the relevant section. For example, if someone asks you to speak at a wedding or special events - chapters eight and nine would make your task far easier and give you an understanding of what you're trying to achieve and why. 
Many of the topics in this book, I've learned about through experience (making mistakes and trial and error). How I would have loved to have read this book years ago. Chan's strength is his ability to analyse and explain why our talking is failing to actually communicate. 
Chapter 4 on 'Evangelism to Postmoderns'  - a favourite chapter. So clear with many 'aha' moments. 
Full of illustrations. Full of stories. 
This book is for anyone trying to communicate the best news in the universe to those who don't think so!  
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  • Catalogue Code 489895
  • Product Code 9780310534679
  • ISBN 0310534674
  • EAN 9780310534679
  • UPC 025986534677
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Growth
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2018
  • Sales Rank #45003
  • Dimensions 234 x 162 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.412kg

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