Share the Gospel of Jesus. You have a bad heart, record, and life. You need a new heart, record, and life.

Last week I shared my testimony of Christ’s life-changing power. After sharing your testimony the next step in the personal evangelism strategy from my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! ” is called “Closure.” This week I learned another way to achieve closure at a CBMC program. Pastor Decherd Stevens from Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church shared “A bare bones way to present the Gospel, simple, but full-orbed and Biblical.”

1) You want to show a person’s sinful condition, and need of Christ – You have a bad heart, a bad record & a bad life.

  • You have a bad HEART – Called in Scripture: deceitful, wicked, dead and unable to do anything good. Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 2:1-3, John 6:44
  • You have a bad RECORD – You have sinned and are guilty: and therefore stand condemned (to death) before God. Romans 3:10-11, 6:23, John 3:36
  • You have a bad LIFE – You continue to do those things that are displeasing to God and cannot do those things, which please him. Isaiah 64:6, Romans 8:7-8

2) You want to show the only way to hope, and salvation is by faith in Christ – You need a new heart, a new record & a new life.

  • You need a new HEART – You must be born again (John 3:3), made alive (Ephesians 2:1), need to be made a new creature (Corinthians 5:17). But there is a problem; you can’t do that (Jeremiah 13:23). What do you do? Well, only God can change the heart (Ezekiel 36:26). You cry out to Jesus in faith and repentance (Ephesians 2:8). You’re in prison, and ONLY God has the key.
  • You need a new RECORD – You need to be cleansed of past sins, & you can’t do that either, but God can & will if you ask Him: Isaiah 53:6, 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 10:16f, Romans 5:1
  • You need a new LIFE – You need more than forgiveness, you need holiness (Hebrews 12:14). Your whole life needs to change; you need to start hating evil and loving what is good. You need to put off the old man and put on the new. All of these can only be done by the power of God. How does it happen? Ezekiel 36:27, Romans 8:13, 2Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 2:4

The Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3 “For I delivered to you…: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”

Learn how to start a conversation, by asking good questions. Study Biblical examples: Jesus, give me a drink…: Philip, Do you understand…: Peter, this is what Joel said.

In many US places, everybody thinks they are Christian, so I ask questions like: Are you a Christian? Do you have a church home? Has anyone shared the gospel with you? Do you sense that the Lord is working in your heart? Do you have any desire for God to take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh? Would you like to ask him to change you right now?

Assistant Pastor Decherd C. Stevens can be reached at pcapastor@bellsouth.net or www.carlislepca.org

ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. Charlie’s third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” will be published in June. Books are available http://yourchristiananswers.com and http://w3mdarwinsdead.com

To get Charlie’s weekly blog go to https://charlieliebert.blog

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Contact Charlie at charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).

Give Your Christian Testimony! Charlie Liebert’s Example!

I have been teaching personal evangelism to Christians for years. One of the most important parts of being able to witness to unbelievers is to “be able to give an answer for the hope that is in you.” To be effective prepare a short, five-minute, testimony to carry out your obligation to witness to the life-changing power of Jesus. My blog today is my five-minute testimony.

I grew up in a small town Amityville on Long Island, New York, with my two sisters. My parents took us to church almost every Sunday. In Sunday school, we learned many Bible stories, but I never remember hearing the Gospel. At sixteen years old, in church one Sunday, morning the pastor was droning on about the evil of drinking. I knew that most of the adults sitting around me had been at the Amityville Yacht Club season-opening the night before and had consumed a lot of beer, wine, and liquor. How foolish, I thought. These people don’t believe a word of what’s said! Hypocrites! I was very aware of the hypocrisy of church members, and from that moment I shut off anything the church had to say. Thus, I began my descent into Atheism. By the time I received by BS degree in 1966, I was a hardcore Atheist.

In 1967 I married, Theresa Lee Perrone. We had two children, Keith and Melanie, and in 1973 our family came to Greensboro, North Carolina. Since we left our families in New York and New Jersey, Sundays became a long day. Terry met some neighbors decided to attend an Episcopal church, leaving me home with the children. After several weeks, I also decided to go to that church because; managing two young children at home was difficult for me.

My new life in Greensboro was falling apart quickly. My marriage was faltering, I had a drinking problem, a pornography addiction, and worked for a man I hated. The church we attended held a weekend retreat in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1977, and both Terry and I felt it would be good for me to get away for that short time. As the weekend progressed, I was confronted with the Gospel. Was I a lost sinner? That was very clear to me by the way my life was going, but what could I do about it? Nothing myself, but it became apparent that my sin debt was paid by Jesus’ death on the cross. He could give me new life! Wow! Everything changed. I came back to Greensboro a new person. Terry was converted three months later, and Christ would begin to heal our marriage, change my behavior, and give me a new worldview. Atheism was trashed for a relationship with the living God. The changes in my life were so dramatic my fellow workers joked about the old Charlie vs. the new Charlie. I would describe myself today as “a lost sinner saved by grace.” From a hard-core Atheist, I “evolved” into a Bible believing Christian.

Now, prepare yours and practice it with your believing friends.

Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. Both are at http://yourchristiananswers.com His third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. See http://w3mdarwinsdead.com for a preview.

To get Charlie’s weekly blog go to http://charlieliebert.blog

To get video, answers to questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact Charlie at charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).

Give Your Christian Testimony at Every Opportunity!

As a Christian do you get stumped by a question from a friend or family member that shuts down your intent to share the Gospel? When asked one of “those” questions like “Where did Cain get his wife?” don’t answer immediately. Share your testimony FIRST. In my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!” I teach a strategy that gets to your testimony BEFORE answering that question. Today I’ll share the SHORT version of mine. (My book also has medium and long ones.)

After you’ve taken their spiritual temperature continue: “I am sure there is an adequate answer to your question but before I answer your question, let me tell you about my journey of to becoming a Christian.”

“As I matured, I left the church of my youth and ultimately became a hard-core atheist. How could there be a God with so much suffering and death in the world? After marrying my wife, Terry, and having two children, our family came to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1973. Since we left our families in New York and New Jersey, Sundays became a long day with two small children. My wife, Terry, met some neighbors and as an ex-Catholic decided to attend an Episcopal church, leaving me home with two young children. After several weeks, I also decided to participate in that church. Managing two young children at home was not an easy task for me. My new life in Greensboro was falling apart quickly. My marriage was faltering, I had a drinking problem, I had a to pornography addiction, and had a job working for a man I hated. The church we attended held a weekend retreat in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1977, and both Terry and I felt it would be good for me to get away for a short time. As the weekend progressed, I was confronted with the gospel. I was a lost sinner. That was very clear by the way my life was going, but what could I do about it? Nothing myself, but it became apparent that my sin debt was paid by Jesus’ death on the cross. He could give me new life! Wow! Everything changed. I came back to Greensboro a new person. Christ would begin to heal our marriage, change my behavior, and give me a new worldview. Atheism was trashed for a relationship with the living God. The changes were so dramatic my fellow workers joked about the old Charlie (the one that drank a lot of beer and religiously read Playboy and Penthouse) vs. the new Charlie that was entirely made over. My description of myself today would be “a wicked sinner saved by grace.” From a hard-core atheist, I “evolved” into a Bible-believing Christian.”

Now ask your questioner another question. Remember Jesus did this all the time. Use one of these or make up your own. You want to probe how they react to your testimony.

“Now you understand the radical change that took place in my life, how about you? What do you believe?”

“Tell me about what you believe.”

Or you can go directly to an invitation. “Now you know how Jesus changed my life. Would you like him to change yours?”

YOU can be an effective evangelist! Adopt my strategy!

NOTE:   This material is partially from pages 81-82 in my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer.” Get your copy at http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Evolution Destroys Students Minds, Motivation, and Future!

Today I look at how teaching “where we came from,” impacts our children’s minds, motivation, and future.

Biblical Christian View: When we teach children the Biblical worldview, we teach:

“You are made in God’s image. You are marvelously constructed for purpose. But you are separated from God by you own sin and rebellion. God has provided a way to return to him through Jesus Christ. When you die, you go to be with him forever, or you will eternally perish in hell. Your life does not end at death! This life is birth, pain, pleasure, and struggle, but death has been defeated at the cross by Jesus. The best is yet to come: eternal life in Christ.” (Charlie Liebert 1995)

Atheistic Evolution View. Evolution begins with inanimate matter and brings all the variety of life on earth through a branching tree. Dead chemicals form the first one-celled organism from “pond scum.” Then, for millions of years, creatures evolve by mutation and natural selection to higher and higher forms until finally, an apelike ancestor gives birth to the first man and woman. Although we are the best nature can do, we are just the highest animal, and nothing better than all other animals below us. This Evolution cycle is a continuous process of reproduction, struggle, and death. If Evolution is true then:

  • There is no need for God; there is no sin and no need for a
  • Moral values have no basis and life has no meaning.
  • The man is not responsible for his actions because he’s just chemical & electrical impulses.
  • Humankind is the highest animal, and human life has the same value as other animals.
  • Mankind can be selectively bred, aborted, murdered, et, because of natural selection.
  • Death is the end of life, and you are annihilated.

In US public schools, Evolution is taught as fact, and there is no other explanation of “where we came from.” When we teach children the Evolutionary worldview, we teach them:

“You came from pond scum. You’re a bunch of chemical reactions and electrical impulses. You’re not any better than your pet dog or cat. Life has no meaning or purpose. Some day you will die, and when your life ends you will be extinguished or annihilated. You will go out of existence. Your body goes back to the earth, and your mind and life accomplishments come to nothing. So life is birth, pain, pleasure, struggle, and death.” (Charlie Liebert 1995)

When I talk to teens who believe Evolution, I hear, “Why continue living if life is so hopeless?” “What’s the point if I am going to die anyway?” My favorite from one of my seminars: “If when I die, my life amounts to nothing, then why live long? To die sooner is better.”

LESSON: The Bible says you reap what you sow. If we sow hopelessness because we believe Evolution, what shall we reap? The Biblical Christian and Atheistic Evolutionist are polar opposites! They are as far apart as you can get! One gives hope the other hopelessness. When we continue to sacrifice our children’s minds by teaching them Evolution alone we provide them with NO HOPE. Christ is the greatest hope.

NOTE:   This material is partially from pages 185-186 in my book ANSWERS For ”The Hope That Is In You” Get your copy at http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Conflicting Worldviews OR Consequences of: “If I Believe…?

Worldviews
Worldviews

This week we look at the Christian worldview contrasted to the Atheist.

Christian

  • If I believe: I am created in God’s image, corrupted by sin but redeemed by grace, then: I have a hopeful future because I trust in Christ alone. If God is Creator, then: the Universe contains absolutes in both science and morality. My salvation and my future are secure by faith in Christ. Acts 16:31: “And they (Paul and Silas) said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13: “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” The Bible has many more verses that promise security through faith in Christ. What we believe is critical to how we behave, and our behavior impacts the people and culture around us. Faith in Christ produces moral behavior based on the truths of Scripture because we are made in God’s image!

Atheist

  • If I believe: I came from dirt and will go back to dirt when I die, then: when life ends it had no meaning and I have no hope in a future beyond the grave. If the universe is random, then: it contains no moral absolutes and all rules can be created by human opinion. People who believe in “dirt to dirt” often despair to death by committing suicide. The logical outworking of “dirt to dirt” is hopelessness, frustration, and, ultimately, death. All people die! No one escapes this life! When we teach our children, as our public education system does, that they came from dirt, are going to dirt, and life has no meaning, how can you expect moral behavior? How can they have hope in a future that ends in annihilation? They’re told you’re just a sophisticated animal evolved from pond scum. As a result they will behave like the animals they were told they are, without moral restraint! As Dr. Dwayne Gish said, “From goo to you by way of the zoo!” Or a common quotation: “Live for today, for tomorrow we die!”

The Working Out of Atheism

A good example is Ernest Hemingway and his family. They demonstrate very clearly how the Atheistic worldview plays out in individual lives. This famous author is listed in the Humanists Society’s “Prominent Humanists of the Past”. His writings reflect his worldview. He committed suicide at the age of sixty-one. In his family, his father, Clarence Hemingway, his siblings Ursula and Leicester, and later his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway all also committed suicide. Worldview makes a difference in how you respond to life. A hopeless worldview brings both individual and societal disaster. It is faith alone in Christ alone that brings life.

Adapted from the Introduction of: “ANSWERS for “The Hope That Is In You” http://yourchristiananswers.com

Nominate Charlie Liebert’s Novel “Yellowstone’s Child”

Only 10 days left to nominate my novel “Yellowstone’s Child”, at https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/5RW7U0BIR6MV.

The book’s main theme is personal identity, “Who am I?” A married couple of chicken farmers from Mississippi loose their 10-year-old daughter to brain cancer. They plan to move to Nebraska to recover from her loss, but first take a short vacation at Yellowstone. At the same time, at Yellowstone three cousins from a family reunion fall into a river and one of them, Sarah, hits her head and floats away downstream. The MS couple rescues her with complete amnesia, kidnaps her and takes her to replace their dead daughter. Sarah’s family searches, recovers no body and she is declared dead. The MS couple inherit a lot of wealth, move to Nebraska, change their identities and move again to Ventura CA. Sarah, still with complete amnesia, enters an all girls private school that specializes in preparing them for careers in movies and TV. She starts in 6th grade and graduates 7 years later. During each school year, 6th to 12th, another secret about her identity develops that has to be kept by her parents. Six years after graduating, in her 2nd year working on her Masters, Sarah has a small accident, hits her head and her memory returns. Her search for her real identity begins when she asks, “Who am I? Sarah, Sally, or Elaine. Johanson, Graham, Johnson, or Detective Scott.” NO she’s really Yellowstone’s Child.

If it were a movie it would be rated “G” and is suitable for teens to read. It’s a GREAT read and won’t take too long. You won’t be able to put it down once you get to Yellowstone National Park.

There are two underlying messages in Yellowstone’s Child. All my characters are human. None of them is perfect. So, first the reader should recognize mankind’s imperfection. None of us are infallible. Second, as the plot unfolds, it shows life is uncertain and not often predictable. Since, as a Christian, I won’t use sex or violence to attract readers I opted for drama; plot reversals and “the story” within the story to keep reader interest. It’ll make a great TV series. One of my first readers complained: “Yellowstone’s Child made me cry five times, twice for sadness, and three times for joy.” It’s that kind of a story!

If the book gets enough nominations it will be published, so I’m asking if can you take about 10 minutes to go to this URL and nominate my book. https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/5RW7U0BIR6MV. I’d really appreciate your help. Please give me a nomination at that URL.