Monday, September 03, 2007

spiritual conversations

I like Gary Rohrmayer's paradigm shifts regarding spiritual conversation. He has come to see evangelism conversation maturing.

1. Event to Process - I think the confusion between the event of conversion and the process of evangelism was generated by the majority of evangelism training being centered around leading someone in a prayer of repentance...while little was offered on identifying the steps a person takes in moving towards or away from Christ. ...

2. Combative to Attractive - Most of the evangelism training I experienced in school and in seminars was apologetically driven. Don't get me wrong, it is biblical to be prepared. Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (I Peter 3:15) Yet all too often I missed the two key concepts around this phrase 1) Lordship - “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord." Making sure that my life aligns with Christ through personal purity, through confession of all known sin and being filled with the Holy Spirit turns controversial information into transformational truth. 2) Rapport - "But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (I Peter 3:15-16) ...

3. Monolog to Dialog - There has been a profound shift moving from giving a memorized sales pitch to a meaningful two-way conversation. ...

4. Short-term to Long-term - A short-term mentality works through this type of sequence: 1) Presentation 2) Decision 3) Assimilation. A long-term mentality operates with this sequence in mind: 1) Belonging 2) Believing 3) Becoming. ...

It's worth reading his entire post.

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2 comments:

Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

And there is a process whose target is to make a person a believer while at the expense of becoming a follower. Eliciting a profession of faith while not requiring a life of faith. Presenting earthly offers of Christ while being silent about the cost of being a disiple. Manipulating a transaction without expounding a transformation. A closing the deal mentality and never a take time to meditate offer.

And so we have many who are excellent examples of believing in the formulated transaction and not believing followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. And in an breathtaking example of presumptousness, we inform the prayer reciter immediately after his last repeated word that he is eternally saved and he should never doubt it again.

Could it get any more unbiblical?

rick said...

Rick - could it get more unbiblical?

I want to say no but I suspect the real answer is yes it will .

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