Natural Evangelism Course

The Natural Evangelism Course
J.John, Philo Trust, 2014

£5.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

The act of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is called evangelism. Evangelism is the cry of Jesus as he weeps over lost people. Evangelism is the whole work of the whole church for the whole age. The gospel is not something we come to church to hear, it is something we go from church to tell. The Natural Evangelism Course is a six-session course, which provides a simple, yet insightful training programme for all churches wanting to encourage and equip their members towards more effective friendship evangelism. This course has been tried and tested through J.John’s own experience of preparing hundreds of churches for mission on six continents.

What do you get?

Large A5 slim paperback, six sessions:

  1. The ‘Why’ of Evangelism;
  2. What is the Good News of Christianity?;
  3. What is Friendship Evangelism?;
  4. This is My Story;
  5. Demonstrating the Good News;
  6. How Can We Be Empowered for Evangelism?

Introduction by The Most Revd Dr John Sentamu.

Who is it for?

Adults, Growing, small group, personal

Cost?

£5.00 www.canonjjohn.com

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Smart matt A5 slim paperbook

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims and outcomes not spelled out but chapter progression clear.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Just the one book. Clear layout of material in each chapter, with a mix of teaching and responses. Latter include talking in pairs and groups, writing notes on questions asked. No guidance at all as to how to use this resource – each chapter consists of a recap of the previous one (excellent); clear teaching interspersed with group work; then a prayer to finish. But the progression through the course is typically logical, clear and inspiring. I assume it is designed for the group leader to deliver, with self-produced handouts for questions and responses.

    Who could lead it?

    Someone with confidence to take the material and use it well.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    If read as an individual, this book works well with the frequent spaces for writing in responses and thoughts. As a group, handouts of some sort would be needed, produced from the same.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    For a group, familiarisation with material, plus preparation of handouts (otherwise all would just be reading the material).

    Is there website support? Links?

    Promo video on www.canonjjohn.com

    Is it dated?

    Previously published as Breaking News, this version is updated.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Good. Pertinent questions open for discussion. Opportunities to try out own story.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    J.John has a way of putting things that keeps the attention, even if delivering his material as a group leader. Good mix of input and discussion.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Need for handouts for group. Would suit wide range of groups; very clear presentation of Gospel. No pressure to be an evangelist, just to learn how to tell one's story, and pray for others.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Very good. Discussion, personal and group questions. Great encouragement to try telling your story, firmly depending on prayer and the Holy Spirit's leading.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Material based on big picture of Bible story, what Jesus did and how the Holy Spirit led evangelism in Acts.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Explained in memorable alliterative statements. Concise and clear. Encouragement to recognise the different ways that evangelism happened in Acts, and embrace them today.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This revolves around issues pertinent to evangelism.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broad evangelical.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Opportunity in This is My Story to work out own story of coming to faith, and how to tell it sensitively and interestingly. Some basic communication skills included. In addition, explores the imperative to put our words into works.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Great overview of the Christian faith and encouragement to engage with it.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Clear and concise teaching on the big picture of salvation history, and why we need to ‘evangelise' at all; leading to encouragement to give it a try. Ideas as to how to do this.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    This will be most relevant as each person has the chance to tell their own story of coming to faith, firstly within the group setting. Some great soundbites, as you would expect from J.John, such as 'You can't give away what you haven't got'.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Excellent, concise and crystal clear teaching on the whys and hows of evangelism. All based on encouraging genuine love and sensitivity. Includes chapter Demonstrating the Good News, which reminds us of the integral need to show love and care to others, especially the poor and oppressed. No actual formula or prayer for becoming a Christian, but clear explanation of what it is to believe plus encouragement to work out how to communicate this oneself, in an appropriate way: 'Our job is to sow; God will produce the crop'.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Care for others integral to Demonstrating the Good News.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Passionate plea in Demonstrating the Good News for Christians to respond to the needs of the poor with the caring heart of God.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Implicit to the rationale of the book.

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