Learning to evangelize men and women who know nothing about the Bible and who are bringing their own “baggage” or “context” with them does not require a super intellect or a Ph.D. in biblical theology. What it requires is learning to get across a lot of things that we Christians simply presuppose.This past year I've enjoyed meeting each week with a man who knew practically nothing about the Bible and Jesus. A resource that we found very helpful was The Bible Overview from Matthias Media.
There are quite a lot of ways of doing this. One of them is to focus on a variety of biblical texts drawn from across the entire Bible and work through them with people. One might begin with Genesis 1-2: “The God who makes everything.” Genesis 3 becomes “The God who does not wipe out rebels.” We keep working through the Old Testament and eventually arrive at the New, coming to topics like “The God who becomes a human being” (John 1:1-18). The wonderful atonement passage in Romans 3 covers “The God who declares the guilty just.” Gradually the Bible becomes a coherent book. It establishes its own framework; it is the context in which alone Jesus, the real Jesus, makes sense.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Learning to Talk About Jesus with People Who Know Nothing About Jesus
D. A. Carson will be leading a seminar at Bethlehem Baptist Church called The God Who Is There: Naming God in a Pluralistic World. He explains the aim of the series: