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Whether you are gathering to go out into your community, to share the good news with the locals, or you are just staying at the church to make calls, your frame of mind is important. If you have a negative attitude that day, you must get it right. You need to go to God in prayer before ever leaving the house, asking him for the strength to set aside any mental disposition that may hamper your communication, as well as help to endure any persecution and overturn any potential negativity from others.

Negative Attitudes

The way you approach others while communicating biblical truths to them will determine if they will be receptive or unreceptive to your message. People love to share their perspective on everything, and so you are bound to hear some whom you will be witnessing to, who will offer incorrect information, irrational thoughts, misconceptions about the Bible, even criticism of the Bible and Christianity as a whole, among other things. We are the ones that must maintain our composure, because “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)

REVIEW QUESTION: Why is it important that we pray about our mindset before we ever go out to evangelize our community?

Finding Fault

First, you do not want to find fault with every incorrect statement that they may make. If you are correct everything they say, you will come across as negative. It is best to choose your battles so to speak. Then, if you word things thoughtfully, it will fall on receptive ears. The one you are talking with says, “I have read a few books that claim the Bible has thousands of errors and contradictions, it then listed dozens throughout.” First, they are the victim of the Bible critic so you will need to choose your words carefully.

‘Yes, this is a common comment that I hear, and I would add that they are more along the lines of what we call Bible difficulties, not contradictions and errors. A Bible difficulty is something in the Bible that is difficult to understand, because we are thousands of years removed from their culture, because it was written in ancient languages, because the reader has not noticed that two writers are looking at things from two different points of view, among many other things.” Then you offer to give an example. “May I give you an example?” He responds with a yes, and you offer an example.

You tell him, “If you were to speak to officers that take accident reports for their police department, you would find that there is cohesion in the accounts, but each person has merely witnessed aspects that have stood out to them. We will see that this is the case as we look at the same account by two different Bible writers.” You open your Bible and have him read,

Matthew 8:5: When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him.

Then have him read,

Luke 7:3: When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.

You then say, “Immediately you likely noticed the problem of whether the centurion or the elders of the Jews spoke with Jesus.” He nods his head in agreement. You then say, “The solution is not really hidden from us.” You then ask, “Which of the two accounts is the more detailed account?” He responds with, “Luke.” “Correct,” you respond. Then you explain to him, “The centurion sent the elders of the Jews to represent him to Jesus, so that whatever response Jesus might give, it would be as though he were addressing the centurion; therefore, Matthew gave his readers the basic thought, not seeing the need of mentioning the elders of the Jews aspect. This is how a representative was viewed in the first century, just as some countries see ambassadors today as being the person they represent. Therefore, both Matthew and Luke are correct.”

REVIEW QUESTIONS: What balance should someone have if the unbeliever to whom one is witnessing to is mistaken on almost everything they believe about the Bible? How might you respond to an unbeliever that has heard that the Bible is full of errors and contradictions?

Respecting the Person

People will have their own view, but you must come across respectfully. You respect the person, not necessarily their view. The person you are talking with may ask, “Why do Christians hate homosexuals?” You would respond with something like, “Christians should not have an irrational hatred for those that struggle with same-sex attraction. We are to respect all people. Anyone spewing hatred, he is not truly acting like Jesus. (Matt. 7:12) We are to reject same-sex relationships, the conduct, not the person. For those that are advocates for gay rights, this is their viewpoint, and we respectfully disagree, and respectfully articulate as to why.”

She responds with another question: “Did Jesus not visit sinners and was he not tolerant of others?” You then reply with something like, “Yes, this is partially true, but the inference is mistaken. Jesus spent time with sinners, but he did not ever condone their sin.”

“You are right,[1] the Bible does not condone hating those who struggle with same-sex attraction, but we are to hate the sin, not the one who may be practicing the sin. However, we are to make a stand against sin that is against the moral code of our Creator, and we are not to cave to public opinion. Our Christian lifestyle is reflective by the moral code within Scripture, and we have a right to our position, by the Creator himself. There is no reason that we should be ashamed of our viewpoint.”

REVIEW QUESTIONS: What does it mean to respect the person, but possibly not their view? How might you respond to a person that claims that Christians hate homosexuals? How would you respond to a person who uses Jesus visiting sinners and tolerating others as a means to rationalizing and accepting practicing homosexuals?

Good Communication

Your objective is to share the truth, without giving in to popular opinion. However, the truth you want to share will be better received when you afford them the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas. Then, you express your respectful appreciation for sharing their time with you. You engender trust when they feel that you are listening and that they are involved in a two-way conversation, as opposed to being on the receiving end of a lecture.

REVIEW QUESTION: What is one sign of good communication?

Take Notice of Your Surroundings

If you are going to be effective in sharing your Bible beliefs, you will have to be observant to your surroundings. By taking note of what you hear and see, it will help you have far more success. You may be witnessing from house to house, and so you should take note when the person answers the door or comes from the back yard to greet you. Are there toys, meaning they have children? Is the house immaculately clean? Are there trophies on mantles? Does the house look like it is going through some restoration? Is the newspaper or a magazine laying there with a current affair on the cover? These types of things can be used to generate conversations. However, at the same time, do not come across as being too curious. You should make eye contact, letting them know that you are listening, but not to the point of making them uncomfortable. You may also note body language, as well as the pitch and tone of their words, helping you to know their interest level.

REVIEW QUESTION: What is the benefit of being observant when witnessing to others?

How You Can Be Clear

Do not rush your words, and express them so that the other person can easily understand you. This means that you should be aware of the pace of your speech, and you may want to slow down and pronounce your words more distinctly in private reading. You can practice this in your private Bible reading, where you can read aloud, speaking clearly. However, do not let this become a habit.

In being clear with what you mean to convey, this can be accomplished by not being bogged down in many unnecessary words, but rather being more concise. In other words, if you need to make a point that has multiple parts, it is best that your initial basis of your argument is short and clearly written or stated. Thereafter, you follow it with rational arguments that are mentally clear in their meaning or intention, which your reader or listener is able to easily understand. Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived. He on many occasions took the incredibly complex Mosaic Law and made it easier to understand for his audience.

In order for you to effectively to teach someone, you must have a solid understanding of the subject yourself, to then help others understand the material. You are ready to teach a subject when you are, in your own words, able to offer reasons as to why it is or is not so. Jesus was able to get his points across by keeping things simple, using indisputable reasoning, stimulating questions, remarkable figures of speech, as well as discernible illustrations that were taken from his listener’s everyday life. (Matt. 6:25-30; 7:3-5, 24-27) Jesus was also known for his taking an incident occurring around him and his disciples, which he would then use as an opportunity for teaching a lesson. (John 13:2-16)

Sadly, some Bible scholars have placed their books out of the hands of the common person, as they use language that requires the reader to hold their book in one hand and a Webster’s Dictionary in the other. By their nature, these individuals are a polysyllabricator who uses sesquipedalian words. In other words, they use long words with many syllables. Sadly, these individuals spend hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and writing a book that five people are going to read. In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:3–7:27, Jesus spoke for a mere half hour, covering such issues as anger toward others, lust, divorce, retaliation, helping the needy, prayer, fasting, anxiety, judging others, materialism. He did not use long words with many syllables here and could be understood by children, farmers, fishermen and shepherds. (Matt. 7:28)

Jesus expressed word pictures that conveyed the riches of meaning, even today. For example, “No one can serve two masters … You cannot serve God and money.” (Matt. 6:24) “You will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matt. 7:20) “Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matt. 7:21) But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” (Matt. 9:12) Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Matt. 26:52) Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” – Mark 12:17.

REVIEW QUESTIONS: Why is clear pronunciation important? What should you do if an unbeliever asks you a Bible question that requires a complex answer? Why have some Bible scholars found themselves out of touch with most people? How did Jesus usually express himself?

Effective Use of Questions

On many occasions, Jesus could have simply told his listeners the point that he wanted to get across, but instead, he chose to ask them questions. For those that were looking to make him look the fool, Jesus asked questions to expose these people. (Matt. 12:24-30; 21:23-27; 22:41-46) However, far more often, he used his questions to convey the point he wanted to make, and he wanted them to remember.

Tax Paid with Coin from mouth of Fish

Matthew 17:24-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

24 When they arrived in Capernaum, the ones who collected the double drachma tax[2] came up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the double drachma tax?”[3] 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth collect tolls or tax? From their sons or from strangers?” 26 And when he said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, so that we do not cause them to stumble, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel.[4] Take that and give it to them for you and me.”

REVIEW QUESTION: Who set the example of effective use of questions? Give an example.

Effective Use of Hyperbole

Again, Jesus is by far the most effective teacher of all time, and hyperbole is one method that he used quite often. Hyperbole is a deliberate and obvious exaggeration used for effect, e.g., “I could eat a million of these.” The objective is to add emphasis and importance to what is being said. Moreover, like other special literary forms, hyperbole imprints a mental picture in your mind, one that is hard to forget.

There are actually two different types of exaggerations: (1) the first being an overstatement, but possible and (2) hyperbole, which is a statement that is impossible. Our concern is having the ability to recognize either of these when we see them. Let us take a look at a few examples.

Stop Judging

Matthew 7:1-3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For with the judgment you are judging you will be judged, and by what measure you are measuring, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Try to picture what is being emphasized. You have a person who is continuously, and aggressively judging others, who goes up to a brother that is seldom critical, to offer advice on not being critical. A brother that has a log’s worth of being judgmental to him is advising the brother that has a mere straw of judgmentalism to him. Is this not a beautiful way to illustrate how a brother, who has immense problems in a particular area, should be slow to offer advice to another brother, who seldom offends in this area? Below Jesus is rebuking some Pharisees, Jewish religious leaders.

Matthew 23:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

A NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE DIFFICULTY COMMENTARY

This was a foremost way to use hyperbole. Take note of the fact that he is contrasting a small gnat with a huge camel, which represents the largest animal known to his audience. One religious magazine stated, “It is estimated that it would take up to 70 million gnats to equal the weight of an average camel!” Jesus was also very much aware that the Pharisees strained their wine through a cloth sieve to avoid ceremonial uncleanness by accidently drinking a gnat. However, they were quite eager to gulp down the figurative camel, it also being unclean. (Lev. 11:4, 21-24)  How? The Pharisees were very quick to follow the minor points of the Mosaic Law, but set aside the weightier laws, like “justice and mercy and faithfulness.” (Matt. 23:23) This one point makes using hyperbole all too clear and exposed them for the hypocrites they were.

Matthew 17:20 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

20 And he said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Jesus could have simply said that they need more faith, but that would have not made the impact this figurative comment did. He only stressed the need for a little faith in an effective manner, making the point that a small amount of faith can move mountain-like objects.

Matthew 19:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

Try if you will to picture a camel fitting through the eye of a sewing needle. It is impossible, not difficult! Of course, this does not mean that rich people are excluded from the kingdom of God. The context is about people, who have a greater love for money than their love of the kingdom. It is their love of money, which makes them ineligible. Jesus’ colorful, vivid idioms have an effect so powerful that literally hundreds of millions of people have used them over the last 2,000 years.

Throughout his three and a half years of ministry, Jesus masterfully used hyperbole. Are you not in awe of Jesus’ exciting figures of speech and his skill of accomplishing a supreme effect without long words with many syllables?

REVIEW QUESTIONS: What is hyperbole? What two different types of exaggerations are there? How effective was Jesus in his use of hyperbole? Give an example.

Reasoning From The Scriptures: Using several Scriptures, effectively communicate why _________ is not biblical or is biblical. The director or assistant direct will assign a subject.[5]

Overcoming Dismissive Comments

Many today are just not interested in your desire to share the Good News with them. They will attempt to shut you down with one good dismissive comment in the beginning. Your objective is to become effective in your ability to overcome or get around these walls of disinterest. They may hold up their hand, which is a dismissive gesture, and say in a dismissive tone,

  • “I am not interested.”
  • “I am not interested in religion.”
  • “I am busy.”
  • “Why do Christians feel the need to share?”
  • “I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Jew.”
  • “I don’t believe the Bible.”
  • “Everyone interprets the Bible differently.”
  • “The Bible is not practical in today’s scientific world.”
  • “The Bible contradicts itself.”
  • “The Bible is a good book by man, but there is no such thing as absolute truth.”

These quick comments are meant to stop us in our tracks. These dismissive comments can be general, “I am not interested,” or they could be based on the subject you start the conversation with. People have many reasons as to why they do not want to talk. Most are misconceptions.

  • They had a bad experience in a congregation they attended before.
  • They have taken many liberal classes throughout their high school and college years.
  • They are aware of Christian history, like crusades, inquisitions, or immoral Popes in church history.
  • They are aware of major church scandals.
  • They have read popular books that tear down the Bible as being full of historical, geographical and scientific errors and contradictions. To them, the book is by imperfect men, not inspired of God.
  • Maybe their life has been filled with one tragedy after another, and they cannot grasp how a loving God would allow such suffering.

These are some of the reasons, why they use dismissive comments. They have issues that are not well founded and need to be reasoned on further. That is why, many times, if you can get beyond the comment, you can get at what really troubles them, and help them reason through it. Below is an example of one trying to be dismissive, using the Bible as a means of shutting down the conversation.

REVIEW QUESTIONS: What are some dismissive comments that the unbeliever might make, and what is his purpose for making such comments? What are some legitimate reasons the Bible critic might not be interested in talking about Christianity or the Bible?

 ‘The Bible contains contradictions, mistakes, and errors’

Whoever makes a claim carries the responsibility, so tactfully inquire, “Yes, this is a common claim, could you take my Bible, and point to an example?” Most will not take the Bible because they are just repeating a common complaint about the Bible. However, for the sake of those few, who will, he takes your Bible, and turns to Matthew 27:5 and says, “It states that Judas hanged himself,” whereas Acts 1:18 says that “falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.”

Matthew 27:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.

Acts 1:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.

You Respond: “Neither Matthew nor Luke made a mistake. What you have is Matthew giving the reader the manner in which Judas committed suicide. On the other hand, Luke is giving the reader of Acts, the result of that suicide. Therefore, instead of a mistake, we have two texts that complement each other, really giving the reader the full picture. Judas came to a tree alongside a cliff that had rocks below. He tied the rope to a branch and the other end around his neck and jumped over the edge of the cliff in an attempt at hanging himself. One of two things could have happened: (1) the limb broke plunging him to the rocks below, or (2) the rope broke with the same result, and he burst open onto the rocks below.”

Then you could add, “Generally, what it comes down to is that many books that criticize the Bible, pointing to Scriptures, showing what they call errors, contradictions, and mistakes. However, what they do not show the reader is that there are reasonable answers for ninety-nine percent of these complaints.’

AN OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE DIFFICULTY COMMENTARY

A longer response might be, “Considering that there are 31,000 plus verses in the Bible, encompassing 66 books written by about 40 writers, ranging from shepherds to kings, an army general, fishermen, tax collector, a physician and on and on, and being penned over a 1,600 year period, one does find a few hundred Bible difficulties (about one percent). However, 99 percent of those are explainable. Yet no one wants to be so arrogant to say that he can explain them all. It has nothing to do with the inadequacy of God’s Word but is based on human understanding. In many cases, science or archaeology and the field of custom and culture of ancient peoples has helped explain difficulties in hundreds of passages. Therefore, there may be less than one percent left to be answered, yet our knowledge of God’s Word continues to grow. R. A. Torrey said about 100 years ago, “Some people are surprised and staggered because there are difficulties in the Bible. For my part, I would be more surprised and staggered if there were not.”

You explain that these are not contradictions, errors, or mistakes, but are Bible difficulties, which are difficult because the Bible was written in dozens of different cultures and times that range from 2,000 to 3,500 years ago. In addition, the Bible was written in three different ancient languages. Moreover, the Bible was written with the intention of human author back then, and we should not impose our modern world on that author. Today, we say in our news reports that the sun rises and sets at certain times, even though we know this is scientifically inaccurate. However, it is a human observation. Today, we round numbers because it is a way of simplifying things if we are trying to make a point, like how many people living in America. We would just say 316 million, not, 315,940,341 unless we were doing a census. Jesus spoke of mustard seeds as the smallest of all seeds. This is not accurate. However, was Jesus giving a lesson on botany? No, he was making a point to a people, who knew this seed as being the smallest. Therefore, considering Jesus’ audience, the point that he was making, and how the mustard seed was commonly used as a figure of speech, this was the tiniest seed in that setting and circumstance.

Either this person raising issues about the Bible is going to be more receptive to the conversation, or he will ignore your insight as though you never made it, moving on to the next criticism that he has memorized. His response is a way for you to read his heart-attitude. You will not want to throw your pearls before the swine of Bible criticism, so move on, if it is evident that no answer will satisfy this one. However, far more right-hearted ones are going to be receptive to your insightful words. This brings us to our next point, how they listen to you.

REVIEW QUESTION: How might you respond to someone that claims the Bible contains contradictions, mistakes, and errors? How might you explain why there are no contradictions, errors, or mistakes in the Bible, just Bible difficulties?

How the Unbeliever Listens to Us

Getting a sense of how one is listening to us, will enable us to determine if more time should be given to this one. The person we are talking with may very well be what is known as a judgmental listener. They are listening to us to ascertain whether we are right or wrong, and are labeling us in their mind (‘that was foolish’), as opposed to hearing what we are saying. Then, there is what is known as the distorted listener. In other words, this one does not hear us clearly, because he is viewing us in a biased and prejudiced way (‘Christians are such fools!’). There is the stereotype listener, who also fails to hear our real message because they are labeling us in their mind, as “just a woman,” “Bible thumper,” “so naïve,” and so on.

THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST

Then, there is the resistive listener, who will not be receptive to anything that is not a part of his worldview. Moreover, anyone in opposition to their worldview is viewed as the enemy, and they resist anything they say, no matter how reasonable it may be. They think things like, ‘Why do these people not see that science has displaced the Bible as a book by man.” We also have the interpretive listener. These view everything through their preconceptions, ideas based on little or no information, just personal bias. They incorporate their life experience into what they are hearing, making snap interpretations of our every word. They filter everything through their worldview, their knowledge, and understanding.

Then, there is the association listener, who evaluates our Christian visit with everything bad they have ever heard about Christianity and the Bible, and we are guilty by association. No matter what we say, it is ignored, because they see us as a member of a group that they perceive a certain way. Of course, this could go the other way if they have a favorable view of Christianity. While these are the negative side of listening, it can give us an idea of why and how we could be shut out, before we ever get started. If we feel that we are unfairly dismissed, we could ask some open-ended questions such as ‘how do you feel,’ ‘what do you think,’ ‘what do you believe,’ or ‘how do you see these questions.’ Open-ended questions enable us to get at their heart condition, enabling us to better formulate our arguments.

Lastly, there are the persons that all Christian evangelizers are looking for, which is the receptive heart listener. One who has a receptive heart will let reasoning from the Scriptures in receptively, which will build confidence in what we are saying is true. We will be able to plant seeds of truth within this person’s heart, which God will make grow. In writing to the Corinthians, who were caught up in arguing over who was greater (Paul or Apollos); Paul made the comparison of a Christian evangelist with that of a farmer. The Apostle Paul planted the Corinthian congregation. Apollos came later on the scene and watered the Bible truths that Paul had already planted. Apollos with his passion and force, as well as his authoritative Scriptural refutations of the arguments that had been raised by the unbelieving Jews, was very beneficial to the Corinthian Christians. However, it was God, who made those truths grow.

Corinthians Still Fleshly

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

And I, brothers, was not able to speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to fleshly men, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. But now you are still not able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

God Makes It Grow

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Keep in mind, that the receptive heart listener is not just the person, who shakes his head yes, as he agrees with your every word. Peter was sent to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-38), who had rapid spiritual progress, while the Apostle Paul was sent to the Greek philosophers on Mars Hill.

Mars Hill (Areopagus) was a “prominent rise overlooking the city of Athens where the philosophers of the city gathered to discuss their ideas, some of which revolutionized modern thought. Paul discussed religion with the leading minds of Athens on Mars Hill. He used the altar to an ‘unknown god’ to present Jesus to them (Acts 17:22).”[6]

The point is that the Apostle Paul was sent to people who were very knowledgeable, intelligent, and wise, people who only lacked the light to see where the real truth lie. This was no easy assignment, but in the end, “some men joined [Paul] and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.” (Acts 17:34) Yes, Paul reasoned from the Scriptures in the synagogue with the Jews, and he reasoned with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, who also conversed with him. It says that he was “explaining and proving.” This illustrates that a receptive heart listener also includes those who require us to reason from the Scriptures; therefore, we have to have the ability to reason from the Scriptures. – Acts 17: 2-3, 17-18.

REVIEW QUESTIONS: What type of listeners is there, and which one is the evangelist seeking? Are Christians expected to only evangelize those who are easy to convince?

Effective Listening and Responding

In trying to communication with strangers, it can be quite a challenge at times. We may deal with biases, prejudices, a person in the middle of life trauma, someone who has had bad experiences, someone who just lost a loved one, and many more communication challenges. We will be able to overcome some of the anxieties of starting conversation, by taking a moment to consider some of these challenges.

One of the ways to deal with a challenge is empathy. We in our hearts must place ourselves in their shoes, getting their mindset. Just because a person comes across abrasively about talking about the Bible, this does not mean that we let them go. There may very well be a reason as to why they are not open to a Bible conversation. This is where insightful, thought-provoking questions, can get at the significant part that has closed them down.

By employing active listening, allowing them to vent, we will understand whatever issues we need to overcome. We might ask, ‘tell me, what has you to where you are unable to talk about the Bible.’ This will let them know that we are open to listening. While they are expressing themselves, do not be tempted to resolve their issue, just listen as they fully explain. First, make sure we respond in a calm voice. Then reiterate what they said in a summary point, which will let them know we were listening, and it helps us to know we understand what it is. In the end, we may not agree, but we can empathetically understand in some way.

Now, if we have a solution to what was mention, offer it at this time. If we do not have a biblical answer, be honest, saying something like, “I can understand, and while I do not have a ready answer for you at this time, I will research it at home, and we can talk again.” This lets them know that we are going beyond what one would expect and that we are very concerned about them.

REVIEW QUESTION: What are some communication challenges that you may face, and how may you overcome these?

Reasoning From The Scriptures: Using several Scriptures, effectively communicate why _________ is not biblical or is biblical. The director or assistant direct will assign a subject.[7]

Receive the Word

[1] You want to say that they are right at every opportunity where that is the case, which helps them to see that you do not just disagree blindly, because not everything is always bland and white.

[2] This was two drachmas paid by each male Jew as a yearly temple tax.

[3] This was two drachmas paid by each male Jew as a yearly temple tax.

[4] A stater coin, a silver coin worth two didrachma or approximately one shekel.

[5] The Evangelism Program Director or Assistant Director will select the topic.

[6] “Mars Hill”, in Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ed. Chad Brand, Charles Draper, Archie England et al., 1084 (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003).

[7] The Evangelism Program Director or Assistant Director will select the topic.