Early Returns: Living Proof

Just based on early impressions, this book is well worth a read. It was recommended to me by Pastor DeCleene. (try to ignore the use of the word “felt need” in the advertisement. I know it gets your pulse going… lol)

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“My mind goes blank, my palms get sweaty, and nothing I say seems to make any sense,” says a Christian businessman describing what happens when he tries to share his faith. Do you have a hard time sharing your faith with others? It’s no wonder. Our society is growing more secular, and most people don’t like to talk about religion. But that doesn’t mean they’re beyond the reach of the gospel—it just means we must learn to communicate it in a way they can understand.

“Simply verbalizing the message is not enough,” writes Jim Petersen. “We’ve got to make sure they understand what we’re saying, and that often means demonstrating it by living a natural, friendly, Bible-centered lifestyle in their midst. We then become living proof of our message.”

In this book (which is a combined and revised version of his earlier books Evangelism as a Lifestyle and Evangelism for Our Generation), Jim Petersen shares what he’s learned from over 25 years of working with the unchurched. He shows that, even though many people don’t want to hear about our faith, they will talk about their own felt needs—needs that can only be met in Christ.

Living Proof will show you how to develop relationships with the unreached, model the Christian message, and eventually present the Bible’s claims in a nonthreatening manner. By outlining where secular society stands and offering many practical guidelines for reaching out to the unchurched, Petersen will help you learn to share your faith naturally, and as a result, more effectively.

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