Evangelism Is… Answering Common Questions Seekers Ask, Part 1 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #99)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Colossians 4:6 which reads: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Simon Greenleaf. He said: “I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 82 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Answering Common Questions Seekers Ask (Part 1)

The key to effectively evangelizing skeptics and seekers is not only knowing what you believe and why but also being careful first to win the heart and then to win the argument.

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher. He was the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics. In training future philosophers to win others to their perspective, he taught that they should first earn trust, then give arguments or evidence. They were not to begin by trying to prove the other view was incorrect. Rather, they would first prove themselves trustworthy. Only after earning the trust of the skeptic, they were next to consider the questions/issues/problems facing those they hoped to reach. Then Aristotle’s students were to show that their view was the right view.

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States. He is famous for being able to win his opponents over to his point of view and making his enemies become his most loyal friends. He shared his secret: “If you want to win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his true friend. Therein is the drop of honey that will catch his heart — which, say what you will, is the greater high road to his reason. When you have gained his heart, you will have little trouble convincing his judgment of the justices of your cause, if indeed your cause is really just.”

Dr. Gary Habermas is the distinguished professor of apologetics and philosophy and chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Theology for Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a prolific author, lecturer, and is considered the leading expert on the reliability of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has debated atheists in such lofty academic settings as Oxford, Edinburgh, and Cambridge universities.

When asked about the role of argument and apologetics in evangelism, he said: “Let one thing be clear. I have never argued anyone into heaven. Arguments alone will only build walls. The people I have helped come to Christ have been first won through love, then answering their questions.”

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