HPC Resources: Outreach
What am I reading you ask? Well I am glad you asked.
I am reading Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman. It is a fresh look at the great task and seeks to propose a slightly different way of looking at the matter. It is a great encouragement to me as I seek for the Lord to help me in my weak evangelism. I want to share a few excerpts and hope they encourage you as well.
“Once a team of skeptics confronted me. It was during a weekly Bible study for freshmen guys that we held in a student’s dorm room. The host of the study, in whose room we were meeting, had been telling us for weeks of his roommate’s antagonistic questions. This week, the roommate showed up – along with a handful of like-minded friends.
The frequently asked question of exclusivity arose, more an attack than a sincere inquiry. ‘So, I suppose you think all those sincere followers of other religions are going to hell!’
‘Do you believe in hell?’ I responded.
He appeared as if he’d never seriously considered the possibility. He looked so puzzled, perhaps because he was being challenged when he thought that he was doing the challenging. After a long silence, he said, ‘No. I don’t believe in hell. I think it’s ridiculous.
Echoing his word choice, I said, ‘Well, then why are you asking me such a ridiculous question?
. . .
The silence was broken by another questioner, who chimed in, ‘Well, I do believe in hell. Do you think everyone who disagrees with you is going there?
I asked, ‘Do you think anyone goes there?’ . . . ”
It goes on from there. The author uses this story to show that many times answering questions with questions can be more effective. I find it gives dignity to all parties and shows that you are taking their responses seriously. As for myself, I have found it enlightening and am working on incorporating it into my life.