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Introduction to Personal Evangelism


RYM31/51
This is the subject page for the On Campus Subject.

WORKLOAD: One semester, 2 credit points plus field work (see below)
STATUS: Ridley Core. ACT Type B Elective
WHEN: Semester 2, 2018
WHO: Rev. Dr. Tim Foster

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 helps students critically examine popular gospel outlines, evaluating their theological assumptions and cultural bias, thereby creating space for a more nuanced presentation of the gospel. It also encourages personal evangelism by asking students to interview a non-Christian friend, while prayerfully asking God to work in and through them.

Lastly, this unit will train students in apologetics, giving them skills to overcome a number of the most common intellectual roadblocks stopping people from trusting in Jesus. Questions of suffering, the reliability of the bible and the idea that religion promotes violence will all be discussed. 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.

Content

1. Classroom Component

Classes are divided in four parts

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

2. Field Work Component

Throughout this unit you will be set tasks relating to personal evangelism. Those taking this option will need to have a non-Christian in mind who they are prepared to engage with in a fairly open way.

This engagement may be initiated by telling the person that you need to engage with someone with another worldview for a subject you are taking at college. Otherwise you can initiate the conversations more naturally. You will also engage your Christian network in praying for your and supporting you in this.

In addition to regularly praying for this person, the type of tasks you will undertake over several weeks include asking them if they know you are a Christian, asking them what they think a Christian is, what their experience of Christians has been like, what they think of Jesus. You will also set up and host a social event for your network.

3. 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.

Assessment

Field Work Diary
Weight: 25%
Submission of a diary documenting your field work.

Exam
Duration: 2 hours
Weight: 75%
Written, oral and worldview exam will be held during exam week.

 

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