Different ways to tell others about Jesus-The Intellectual Approach
JOHN SHIRK – This approach uses rational reasoning to reach the heart for the Gospel. This happens in the writings of Christian apologists, like Josh McDowell who wrote “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” or C.S. Lewis who wrote “Mere Christianity.”
In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul goes to Athens, a city full of idols with people interested in discussions about philosophy. Paul entered the marketplace of ideas by reasoning with people that his hope was in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His cultural understanding of Athens gave Paul a starting place for sharing the Gospel. Instead of talking about the Jewish law, like he did at other places, Paul started with the altar that had the inscription: “To an unknown God.” He went from there to explain what they were missing in their worship. They were missing acknowledgement of their Creator. In God’s Word for Students, I Peter 3:15 says, “Always be ready to defend your confidence in God, when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect.”
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.