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Introduction to Personal Evangelism

Unit Overview 

In a culture where the Christian world view is pushed to the margins, learning to share the gospel in a manner which is theologically robust and answers the questions people are asking, is imperative. We need to be in touch with both the great gospel of God in all its deep simplicity and at the same time with what people are thinking and saying and asking.

This unit aims to equip you to communicate and defend the gospel in personal evangelism; to motivate you to engage in evangelism; to address key theological and practical issues in evangelism, and to model an approach to training others for evangelism that you can use (the God’s World gospel outline).

You will critically examine popular gospel outlines, evaluating their theological assumptions and cultural bias, thereby creating space for a more nuanced presentation of the gospel. You will also explore questions of apologetics, such as questions of suffering, the reliability of the bible and the idea that religion promotes violence. In a context where New Atheism has breathed new life into these discussions, we need to be well equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities these questions present.

This unit is usually completed in conjunction with EM064 Ministry Foundations.

Unit Details

Online  On-campus 
Workload  One semester, 2 credit points (half-unit) One semester, 2 credit points plus field work (see below)
Status  Ridley Core. ACT Type B Elective Ridley Core. ACT Type B Elective
Subject code EM063 EM063
Prerequisites  None None
When  Semester Two Semester Two
Teacher  Andrew Katay
Tim Foster
 Tim Foster

 

Unit Content

1. Classroom Component

Classes are divided in four parts

  • Network News – hearing how others are going in their evangelistic conversations, and praying for one another;
  • Player – looking at who is involved in our evangelistic activity;
  • Proclamation – considering the theological foundation of our gospel outline;
  • Perspectives – examining different world-views and answering tough questions from different perspectives.

2. Homework
Memory Work
One key aspect of this unit is memorising the gospel outline, along with its illustrations. In addition you will have to know how to answer tough questions. This will constitute much of the preparation required for the exam.

Reading
Each lecture there is set reading of 5-8. You will have to provide topical summary of 25 words for each reading.

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