Tim Keller on How to Get into Gospel Conversations

June 7, 2013 — 3 Comments

Some great thoughts from Tim Keller on Evangelism in this video.

Some highlights:

  • If you strictly do Evangelism, the outside world sees it as recruitment, increasing your tribe, a power grab
  • You need to combine Word and Deed.
  • The best way to combine Evangelism and Good Deeds is on a personal level (more difficult to do on a organizational level)
    • You’re not going to love a friend without sharing the Gospel with them. And as a friend you will serve them as there is a need
  • Keller’s two steps for setting up Evangelism:
    1. Let the other person know you go to church
    2. Let the other person know that your Christian faith means something to you, even in passing: “my Christian faith has really helped me here…”
      • There are a lot of simple behaviors that you should be doing, that will lead in a very organic way into deeper spiritual discussion
      • You should be doing the simple behaviors first:
        • Loving and caring for people
        • Being a person of integrity
        • Letting people know that your Christian faith
      • And it will just bubble up naturally
      • I think most people think, I have to find out a way to get the whole gospel out in one conversation or get in a debate about Creation and Evolution. That’s not the way to go. Be simple.
  • He goes on to talk about how sharing the gospel in the city is more complex and requires more skill.

HT: @hanskristensen

 

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  • So, what about a church made up of overwhelmingly poor people? How does one balance “evangelism” with “the needs of your city” if most of the people in your church are on welfare and in government housing and not upwardly mobile folks?

    • Anonymous

      That’s a great question John Mark. Are you leading in a church like that? What have you found to be effective?
      It doesn’t seem like what Dr. Keller is saying is incompatible with such a situation.

  • Ron Cram

    Thank you, Tim. Very good video!