Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday 26th September, 2012

“180” is a Finalist in the Pan Pacific Film Festival!

Evidence Bible

“The tragedy of disbelieving in God is not that a man ends up believing in nothing. Alas, it is much worse, that person may end up believing in anything.” G. K. Chesterson

That Woman is Mad at Christians.

Todd’s response is such a great reminder of James 3:17, which teaches, “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

In James 3:17 we are given some fantastic insights for impactive evangelism:

1) Be Pure. We should be living for Christ and have right motives for witnessing.

2) Be Peaceable. We should not be argumentative; we should avoid stirring up strife. We should be focusing on lifting up Christ. We should use breath mints. Remember, “It’s hard to listen to the words of life, through the breath of death.”

3) Be Gentle. We should not be rude, curt or overbearing; we should be sensitive and considerate.

4) Be Willing to Yield. We should aim for a dialogue over a monologue. We should be ready to let the other person speak and not cut them off while they’re speaking.

5) Be Full of Mercy. We should not get offended; we should be full of patience and compassion realizing the lost are spiritually blind (2 Cor. 4:3,4; Eph. 4:17,18).

6) Have Good Fruits. We should be a reflection of Jesus in our character and words. (See Gal. 5:22,23 for an inventory of the fruits of the Spirit.)

7) Be Without Partiality. We should not bend our knee to any sort of prejudice; we should witness to all sorts of people regardless of their culture, age, financial class or style of dress.

8) Be Without Hypocrisy. We should always be genuine and honest with people. We should not exaggerate or bluff; we should admit when we don’t know the answer to a question (and try to find it for them later, if they genuinely want an answer) and we should confess when we’re wrong.

Manuel preaching

This pic is of our friend Manuel Brambila in Europe. You can find out more about him and his ministry at or follow him on Twitter: @mbrambila

1. The crowd of listeners. Open-air preaching can reach more sinners in 30 minutes than the average church does in a year. What are the chances of this people walking into a church service? We must take the gospel to them—to the streets.

2. The elevation. Manuel is standing on a box. People will see him from far and wonder, "What does he have to say?" Take a look at the crowd, it is not too close and not too far.

3. The easel/posters. Having some trivia questions and illustrations always help to capture the attention of people passing by and visually get the crowd's attention.

4. Acoustics. The building in front helps capture sound. The voice can get carried away several yards.

5. The “heckler.” A heckler helps to grow a crowd in a matter of minutes. Pick someone that has boldly answered the trivia questions. Have him stand between you and the crowd and let him vent out his arguments about atheism or evolution.

6. The use of The Good Test. The whole crowd is listening to your discussion with the heckler. Now is the time to take the conversation from his intellect (debate) to his conscience. "Do you think you are a good person?" The heckler will say, "Of course!" and now you can take him through the Commandments to bring knowledge of sin and make a way for the good news of the gospel.

7. The smiling faces of the listeners. Manuel relates to the crowd in the natural realm. And by using a little humor, the crowd enjoys the time. Their smiles will draw other people to come close and listen to the gospel.

8. The swing to the spiritual. You can be asking trivia questions and giving $1 for every right answer. And then, you announce the big price of $5 for the person who proves to be a good person. That's when you cross-over to the Commandments.

9. The distracted man in the front—keep up the energy to hold attention. Be loud without screaming and bold without judging. And even if some seem to be distracted, it can very well be that they are feeling a bit uncomfortable because their conscience is waking up.

10. The lady with the mirror. Unsaved people are unconcerned about eternity. We have to bring it before them, and with God’s help awaken them.

11. The lady looking intently into the mirror. The Law is like a mirror. It reflects truth and shows the detail of our sins.

12. The little child listening. Keep the message clear and simple enough for a child to understand it. Don’t get distracted by deep theology or apologetic rabbit trails.