Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 25, 2009 - Religion
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It used to be that providing clear evidence for the resurrection of Jesus or the reliability of the Bible was a pretty effective way to reach people with the Good News. But today, many folks think all truth is relative, even our historical and scientific data about Christianity. So how can we reach them? We need new ways of telling people the old, old story. We need to look again at our usual mental habits if we want to reach people who have a brand new mindset of their own. We need to get outside the box of ideas and practices that are sacred to us but are not sacred to God. That's what Rick Richardson's book is all about. Here are fresh perspectives on relying on the Holy Spirit, awakening spiritual interest in others, appealing to what they value (instead of what we think they should value) and leading them into a transforming experience with God. Also included is Richardson's Circles of Belonging, a new, straightforward presentation of the message of Jesus (yes, it can even be sketched out on a napkin!) that is true to Scripture and true to the new way people live and think. As an experienced evangelist and leader of evangelism programs, Richardson offers in this helpful book the principles and practices that will help us all grow in love for--and communicate effectively with--people who need Jesus.

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User Review  - David R. Bess - Christianbook.com

Rick Richardson does a good job here of getting 21st century Christians to THINK about evangelism in new and innovative ways. He encourages readers to get a better understanding of today's society ... Read full review

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Whats Our Box?
Understanding Todays Questions
Responding to Todays Questions
A Theology Strategy for Reaching People Today
The Power of Team
Friendship Prayer
A Biblical Model for Awakening Souls
Awakening Souls by Connecting to the Culture
Inviting People into the Circle of Belonging
Transformation Getting Growing a True Christian Identity
Getting Staying Outside the Box
To Pastors and Leaders of Churches Ministries
The Rise Fall of the Modern World
Leading a GIG
GIG Studies from the Biographies of Jesus
The Alpha Course

Awakening Souls by Challenging PreChristian People
Developing Genuine Christ Community
Drawing PreChristians People Today
Conversion for PreChristian People Today
A Sample Seeker Retreat
Circles of Belonging Training Sheet
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Page 20 - The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Rick Richardson believes in journeying with people who are moving toward God. No need to sell Jesus, he says. The Holy Spirit will do that. Coming alongside others, with love, is all we need to do. An ordained priest with the Anglican Mission in America, Rick runs the evangelism and leadership program at Wheaton College Graduate School and is associate national director for evangelism with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

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