The Key to Evangelism
Our approach to evangelism begins with one key understanding. We believe that God's Holy Spirit is already active in the lives of those we seek to bring to the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit is at work in unbelievers convicting them of their sin, their need of righteousness and their pending judgment. Every false faith is the result of people’s imperfect responses to this convicting work of the Holy Spirit.
We also believe that the Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit, is used by God to complete the Holy Spirit's ministry by bringing the witness of Jesus Christ and His Gospel before those under conviction.
With this in mind, we don't believe that it is always necessary to confront directly the false religions and belief systems men and women have. Instead, our approach is to recognize the Spirit's voice to people and ask questions accordingly. We ask questions that allow them to tell us how God is speaking to their lives, and how they are responding to His work.
In coming to Christ people must hear not only our words, but their own words. We help them speak truth reflecting the work of the Spirit in their lives, and we listen to them. Then softened by our respect and by a reflection upon what God has shown them they are encouraged to listen to the truth we speak into their lives. We take what they have shared with us and place Lord Jesus and His Gospel alongside their own witness, and at that point a powerful connection is made to their hearts.
Dialogue evangelism calls for:
Prayerful preparation of our witness.
Witnesses who are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Honest questions with an intent to listen to personal answers.
An ear to hear what the Spirit is speaking into people's lives.
A respect for those we seek to win to Christ.
A readiness to bring them and their stories near to the story of Lord Jesus and His Gospel.
CPE's dialogue evangelism guide includes ten questions for enhancing a dialogue through which men and women may be led to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Each question is a simple "yes" or "no" question, but under each question are important dialogue questions we learn to ask. These questions follow a natural pattern that allows the Gospel to be presented, and at the same time permits individuals to be respected and heard. The approach is simple, Biblical, natural, and wonderfully powerful. It bears good fruit.
Watch our Video Shorts of each Dialogue Evangelism question here.
Our Training DVD contains five twenty-minute training sessions that will prepare CPE team members for their work in a Church Partnership Evangelism ministry event. Each session leads viewers through the use of a portion of our tract and readies them to engage in Dialogue Evangelism. Contact us to obtain a copy.
Click to download our tract and suggested dialogue questions to accompany the videos.