Posted by: sdunnpastor | September 20, 2010

TELL ME THE STORY OF JESUS

Two years ago Scot McKnight shared the Ritz Lectures at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. His presentations were on the dynamics of conversion, something I found very helpful.  Some of that material is now part of the theology if evangelism course, “What is the Gospel?” (which is part of our conference’s School of Evangelism).

What I found equally helpful were stories about students coming to faith through his Introduction to New Testament course at North Park University. The particular course of which he spoke was on the Gospels, particularly on telling the story of Jesus Christ.  Persons of varied religious backgrounds or no particular background at all had been drawn to consider becoming a Christian by learning the story of Jesus.

McKnight made the observation that much of 19th and 20th century evangelistic methodology was rooted in Pauline texts (think Roman Road.) But in a world where the authority of the church was challenged and trust the doctrines of the Bible shaky, it was the story of the incarnate Christ going to the Cross and rising from the Tomb that seemed to overcome the barriers to faith found in a postmodern world.

Maybe we just need to tell them that about Jesus, what he has done for them, why is what necessary and what it says about God. Maybe that should be the foundation of our evangelistic method.  What do you think?

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