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Christmas – Evangelistic Discussion Openers

What’s the most popular American holiday? If the answer to that question is based on how many greeting cards are sent for the holiday, it’s Christmas and no other holiday even comes close. Hallmark says that 1.6 billion Christmas cards are sent per year, more than ten times as many Valentine’s cards. Initially, Christmas was popular because of the theological significance of the event it represented—the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Although the original meaning of Christmas has become overshadowed by tinsel, Santa, and presents under the tree, most non-Christians in North American have enough “Christmas spirit” to listen to the deeper “old fashion” meaning of Christmas—a key event in the gospel story. 

How to Evangelize with Confidence - Overcoming Fear in Sharing Your Faith

In a random 2013 telephone survey of 2,083 adults in the United States, 100% of adults who identified as “evangelical Christians” agreed with this statement: "I, personally, have a responsibility to tell other people my religious beliefs." The even more positive news from that survey was that 69% of these evangelicals agreed with this statement: "During the past 12 months, I explained my religious beliefs to someone who had different beliefs, in hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior." But the negative side of that response was that nearly one-third (31%) of the evangelicals had not shared their faith in the previous year, even though they knew they were supposed to do so. And we can probably safely assume that some of the positive 69% were not being completely honest, wanting to sound better than they really were. 

How to Witness to a Dying Unbeliever

You are seated at the bedside of a loved one who will soon be slipping into eternity. From what you know about this person, there is no reason to think that he is prepared to meet the Lord. Part of you would like to simply comfort him and say, “Goodbye.” But, as a Christian who knows about the realities of heaven and hell, the Holy Spirit is prompting you to do what you know you need to do—take this one last opportunity to share the gospel with your loved one and compassionately encourage him to prepare for eternity. What do you say and how do you say it? 

How to Teach the Bible to the Unsaved

“We are seeing a great appetite to read and understand the Bible.” --Roy Peterson, President of the American Bible Society Secularization (“religion isn’t important”) and religious pluralization (“all religions are equally true and valid”) are specters that intimidate Christians and church leaders in North America: “People aren’t interested in the Bible or Jesus anymore!” “How can we share the gospel, since Americans don’t believe in the Bible now?!” “So many people have their own religious beliefs now and don’t want to hear about Christianity.” 

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