Explaining the Word of God

The Word of God employs incredible power upon those who hear it, but only if they had a receptive heart, or the evangelist was able to adjust that one’s thinking. Once a person accepts the Bible as being the Word of God, it will carry more of an impact than anything that man has ever written. Therefore, it is highly important that we become proficient in the use of our Bible when witnessing to others. God’s Word will enable us to sift through those not really wanting to know the truth, helping us to develop or discover right-hearted ones, enabling them to get on the path of salvation.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work.

THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTAre we using the Bible while we do our personal study? Are we looking up the Scripture every time one is cited? Are we using the Bible when we are preparing for our congregation meetings? Are we then using the Bible once at the congregation meetings? Are we using the Bible when we try to witness informally to others? While this may not apply to you the reader, but one survey after another shows that ninety percent of Christians are biblically illiterate. This means (1) they cannot use the book that they claim to be the Word of God. This means (2) that they are unable to look up Scriptures when talking with unbelievers. This means (3) they cannot defend the Bible as truly being the Word of God. This means (4) they are unable to explain the foundation beliefs of Scripture correctly. This means (5) they are unable to reason from the Scriptures, explaining and proving what is necessary for the listener to accept a belief as true. This means (6) that they have not been trained by their church to effectively communicate the Word of God.

If we are going to accomplish the things above, it means preparation on our part. Are we buying out the time to develop the skills needed to accomplish all six of the above points? If we are reading this book; then, our heart is seeking to do just that. We might be thinking that the above seems quite difficult to ascertain, but it is not as difficult as one might expect. If we will do the following for the next year of our Christian walk, we will be on our way to achieving all six of the above.

  • Have a personal Bible study time of at least thirty minutes a day, preferably one hour.[1]
  • Prepare for all Christian meetings.
  • Look up Scriptures when they are not cited within the literature.
  • Participate in the congregation meetings if that particular meeting allows it (e.g., Bible study class).
  • Use the Bible whenever the opportunity presents itself. Do not paraphrase a Scripture, pull out the Bible, look it up, and hold it in front of the person, read it aloud.
  • Every time we learn something new, share it with at least one person, and not on the internet. Explain it as though it were a teaching moment. Try to do this with as many Christian friends as possible, making it a different person each time.
  • At least once a week, find a relatively or completely new person at the meeting, and pull them aside to share something biblically exciting.[2] See the example below about Samson.
  • Continue to read this series, The Christian Evangelist, as it will help us to develop our skills in effective communication.
  • Look for opportunities to witness to unbelievers after a few months of doing the above. If possible, find a friend, who will be doing the above as well. The best-case scenario is that the congregation might choose to start an evangelism program.

Something New to Share

Judges 16:2-3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

2 The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait untill the light of the morning; then we will kill him.” 3 But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.

City gate from Balawat

City gate from Balawat—Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds

CONVERSATION EVANGELISMEvery Christian is aware of Samson’s superhuman strength that he received through God. However, some biblical accounts come to life when the reader is aware of the background information. What Samson pulled out of the ground and threw on his shoulders at Judges 16:2-3, it weighed a minimum of 400-500 pounds, with some suggesting closer to 2,000 pounds. If this feat of strength is not enough to grow our appreciation of Samson’ great power, the simple statement that he “carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron,” will do just that. Gaza, the city, mentioned here is at sea level, while Hebron is about 3,000 feet above sea level, a serious climb indeed! However, there is more. Hebron is 37 miles from Gaza, uphill all the way! Knowing the weight of the gate and posts, the distance traveled, and that it was uphill, makes Samson’s colossal feat take on a completely new magnitude, does it not?

If the reader will carry out the above for one year, which is really nothing more than four things every Christian should be doing anyway: (1) have a personal Bible study, (2) prepare for Christian meetings, (3) share the things we are learning, and (4) use our Bible. If we do not put knowledge in our head, there will be nothing to draw on when it comes time to share biblical truths.

There is no joy or excitement when we are unprepared, no matter what it is. Take a moment to remember the first day on any job. It was so frightening, and we were tense all day. Now, remember one year into that job. After just one year, we were completely competent and experienced to the point, we did most things subconsciously, not even giving much thought to it. Now, after one year of the above-suggested nine practices, imagine that we are sitting at a food court reading our Bible in the shopping mall, when a person at the next table says, ‘I don’t believe in the Bible.’ Your heart does not even miss a beat, you simply respond, ‘Why, have you always felt that way?’ He responds with several reasons,

  • ‘the Bible contradicts itself,’
  • ‘It is full of errors,’
  • ‘it is a book by men nothing more,’
  • ‘everyone has his own interpretation of the Bible,’
  • ‘it is not practical for our day,’
  • ‘and while I agree that the Bible offers good advice on some things, I do not believe there is such thing as absolute truth.’

Even his extensive list of criticisms of the Bible does not intimidate us at this point. From his perspective, all of these seem true. He does not seem to be one looking to argue, but rather one who wishes his list was not true. We take a deep breath and ask, ‘can I address at least one of these concerns?’ He says, ‘sure, I would like to have answers to all of the errors and contradictions.’ We pick up our lunch, move over to his table, and offer to address a few.

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOKOver the next hour, we find that we can flip through the Bible, sharing one Scripture after another, referring to several archaeological points, giving some in-depth Bible backgrounds, and even referring to a few original language words. Moreover, we gave him the gist of how these so-called errors and contradictions are really Bible difficulties. In the end, we resolved four major Bible difficulties for him. He was so moved by our ability to effectively reason from the Scriptures; he is the one that asked, ‘can I talk with you again?’ The conversation ended with an exchange of contact information.

Psalm 119:162 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

162 I rejoice at your word
like one who finds great spoil.

Review Questions

  • What questions about Bible use should we ask ourselves, what is the circumstances as to biblical illiteracy, and what does that mean?
  • What do we need to be accomplishing in our Bible studies?
  • What do we learn from Judges 16:2-3?
  • How do we feel when we are unprepared?
  • What illustration is given?
  • How should we feel about God’s Word?

[1] In this study, you will be working through the Holman Old and New Testament Commentary volumes, as well as Bible Difficulties in the Book of Genesis: Answering the Bible Critics. These Bible Difficulty volumes will enable you to have answers to defend the Bible as the Word of God.

[2] This will give you the experience of talking to strangers about the Bible, and develop your skills as a teacher because you have to hone them to be effective on one with little Bible knowledge.

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Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.

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