Charlie’s Short Course in Evangelism, 8/29 in Enola, Pennsylva

Charlie Liebert, Christian Apologist, and Teacher will be leading a workshop in Enola, Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening, 8/29, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Enola Church of God, 9 Sherwood Drive.  The workshop’spurpose is to equip Christians to Dialogue with non-Christians about the gospel.  All the material taught in this course is in the newly published booklet: “Charlie’s Short Course in Evangelism.” 

Part 1 lays the Biblical foundations for dialogue with non-Christians including Jesus’ great commission, and Jesus’approach to challenges, presuppositional apologetics and the biblical principle of the state of humankind, being dead in sin.  The raising of Lazarus illustrates the sequence of salvation.

In Part 2  we determine an unbeliever’s spiritual temperature, that is how receptive they are to hearing the Gospel. I’ll also offer an approach to sharing the Gospel.

Are they cold?They don’t have any real interest in the Gospel, andeven a satisfactory answer to their questions would NOT change their relationship to Christ.

Are they lukewarm?If they are lukewarm, you conclude they are interested in Christianity but don’t appear ready to believe.

Are they hot? You’ve taken their temperature, and they are ready to respond to the Gospel. For example, they may say, “This is the one problemkeeps me from believing in Christ” or “If I had real answers I could believe, I’d consider becoming a Christian.”

Knowing their temperature, you then share your testimony and, if applicable, go to Closure to lead them into a relationship with Jesus.

The third part of the workshop will be learning and rehearsing a series of dialogues to speak with various groups including Atheists, & Humanists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormons, (LDS)

Part 4.  One of the most common views in our culture is Materialism, andI’ll share some tools to dialogue with one of them. As a worldview, it’s often called metaphysical naturalism, which is the philosophy that nature is all that exists throughout space and time. The natural world, the universe, the cosmos, consists only of natural elements, matter, and energy— nothing else. The supernatural does not exist; just nature is real. Believers of this philosophy are forced to consider atheistic evolution as the onlyway to answer the question “Where did we come from?”

Three tools to expose Materialism’s fallacyare 1) Immaterial Opposites, 2) Historical Narratives and Absolute Scientific Laws.

The booklet prepared to teach this workshop is Charlie’s Short Course in Evangelism.  Which contains four sections and three appendices 1) Charlie Liebert’s Biography 2) Charlie Liebert’s Testimony 3) Using Mortality as an Evangelistic Tool.

The material for this workshop are from two of my books: 1) Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! 2) 12 Lesson Study Guide for Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! 

This short course booklet is now available as “Charlie’s Short Course in Evangelism.”

Resources available at http://sixdaycreation.com

Christian Apologetics: Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan. $7

12 Lesson Study Guide for Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! 

ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You.  Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s 106 “Hard” Questions”  $9

Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead!  Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE. $9

Charlie’s Short Course in Evangelism.  $5

Christian Education: My Children’s Christian Education, What Should I Do?A Christian Educator’s Analysis and Advice. $8

God’s Created Creatures Wreck Evolution.  A Teaching Guide for Biblical Creation. 70 Pages, Full Color with 135+ Pictures. $15

Creative Historical Non-fiction (Family History): Liebert Annals in Deutschland.  Our Complete German History$7

Tales of a Teen Aristocrat, Pranksters, a Witch, Curses, Ghosts and a Jew. $7

Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation.  $5

General Interest Fiction: Yellowstone’s Child.  $7

One Android, 399 lives. 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399.Fictional attack.  $7

The Memory Tree.A Gospel Christmas Story.  $9

Other eBooks on Kindle: Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls.  $2.99

The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf.  Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. $2.99

Twitter name: @CreationCharlie              Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog

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Share the Gospel this Christmas by reading my short story “The Memory Tree” to your family. It’s on Kindle.

“The Memory Tree” is a short Christmas story written by Charlie Liebert.  Reading it to your family is an easy and effective way to share the gospel at Christmas dinner or when you tell stories around the tree. It can be read in about 15 minutes. Some readers have used the story as a script to tell the story as a skit or play.

Can a Christmas tree planted, more than 50 years ago, in memory of Ruth and Barry’s grandfather speak to their father, Harry?  Harry’s been bitter for years about the death of his wife Charlotte on Christmas Eve.  Harry’s memory went back to that afternoon 28 years before. Charlotte shouting; “Harry!” as the truck suddenly appeared out of the rain.  The sound of the crash was deafening.  Harry awoke, aware of being wet and some hands on his shoulder.  The awful pain in his back made everything seem fuzzy.  He heard someone say, “This one’s still alive, but the woman’s dead.”

His grandson Barry poked him, and he came back to the present.  Before he continued telling the story, he asked, in his mind: “How could a God that loves us let Charlotte die?”  He’d never gotten an answer he could accept.

He continued: “Why did one tree have to die for the other to live?” He asked the children, unsure himself of the answer.  All the bitterness of the years came back suddenly, and he felt tears well up in his eyes.

“That’s what Charlotte said, ‘He had to die to give us life,'” he almost shouted.  He understood that the tree had a message for him all along.  All these years he hadn’t seen it.  Jesus had to die so we could live.  We couldn’t sacrifice ourselves, we weren’t worthy, but He was worthy to pay our debt.  Now it was clear, Jesus had died to give Harry life.  “O Lord how could I have been so blind!!  I need you, Jesus,” he thought.

Author’s Note: Pause, if necessary to clarify the Gospel.[

Ten years later Harry lay on the bed overlooking the backyard.  The tree was now old like him and ready to die.  The last ten years had been kind to him, and he had many chances to share Jesus.  But now the end was almost here.  It looked like another winter storm.  In the darkening sky, the wind blew strong.  Just as Harry breathed out his last breath, the wind picked up and the memory tree cracked at the base and fell into the Slazer’s yard.

Richard Slazer was reading in John when he heard the tree fall.  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.”  Richard got up from his chair and went out into the yard to look at the fallen tree.  As he looked at the base where it had cracked and broken, he noticed a tiny branch poking its head up through the soil next to the broken stump. Perhaps a new tree will grow in its place, he thought, as he hurried in to escape the coming storm.

Charlie is the author of three books and seven short stories published on Amazon, Kindle.

Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!  A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.”  2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You.  Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com  3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead!  Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.”  Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com

Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Christmas Story.  2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls.  3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace.  4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.”   NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child.  5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf.  Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf.

Twitter name: @CreationCharlie                   Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog

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The Gospel as: “Good News” and “Bad News”

Here’s a way to present the gospel using the “goods news, bad news” cliché. Begin with bad news. All men die as the penalty for sin because God’s justice must be satisfied. Now, the good news. Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection paid that penalty that men can’t pay. As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” It assures payment of the debt incurred by sin and assures resurrection to those who believe.

The Bad News. Paul doesn’t end his explanation of the gospel here. Later he explains, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive … And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45). In explaining why Jesus died, Paul went to Genesis and its account of Adam, Eve and the fall. You cannot understand the good news in the New Testament until you understand the bad news in Genesis. When Adam and Eve sinned they brought death into God’s creation. So all men are sinners in rebellion against God both by birth and by choice. Because we are descendants of Adam we ALL die. Ask the person you are witnessing to the question: “Why do we grieve when a person dies, animals don’t?” It’s because we know in our hearts death is not the way things should be! The lion takes down the Zebra. The herd doesn’t grieve they just continue grazing not even paying attention. Your child or parent dies and you grieve because we are made in God’s image we know death is WRONG.

The Good News. In explaining the gospel in Colossians, Paul points out clearly that our Savior is the Creator. “In whom we have redemption through His blood … For by Him all things were created … and he is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:14–17). Our Creator became our Redeemer and paid the debt we could not! This was necessary because all humans are sinners. We need the penalty for sin paid. Only a perfect man can die to pay it. The solution was for the perfect, sinless Creator to become a man so he could be our Savior! Jesus paid the debt we could not pay!

The Future Hope. In 2 Peter 3 and Revelation 21 and 22, we’re told the consummation of the gospel there will be a new heaven and earth. There will be no more death. And the curse (imposed because of sin in Genesis 3) will be no more. In countries where there is no Christian basis, how could people ever understand the gospel without knowledge of the Creator, sin, and the need for salvation? Understanding the foundational aspects of the gospel in Genesis is a vital key to reach the world for Christ.

This blog is adapted from pages 114-115 in Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! Charlie is also author of: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” http://yourchristiananswers.com

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My Christian witness was thwarted by a question I couldn’t answer.

This BLOG was originally posted in October 2105. It is posted again today because this issue addressed in my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! has arisen in my life several times recently.

While teaching a Bible study about evangelism in 2012 I noticed many of my Christian friends were unable to bring the gospel to the unbelievers they encounter every day. Why were they so hesitant? When I asked them, the most common answer was this:

“Because I can’t answer all the hard questions they ask me like “Where did Cain get his wife? What happens to the native in the jungle that never heard the gospel, does he go to hell? Why do bad things happen to good people?” The Bible says, “Be ready to give an answer to the hope that is in you.” But I’m not ready! I can’t answer those questions! I just don’t know enough about the Bible or science or anything else! Help! I can’t witness!”

If that’s you, I’m offering a plan to bring the gospel to your unbelieving friends and family without immediately answering those hard questions. None of us have all the answers. You have your faith and the Holy Spirit to guide you. You can become a confident, fearless witness for Christ if you use the personal evangelism plan put forth in my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

This personal evangelism strategy, tackles the fear of answering these questions with the approach Jesus used by discerning the questioner’s motive for their original question. He didn’t answer their questions but responded with questions to them! You do the same by determining a person’s willingness to hear the gospel by measuring their spiritual temperature. Are they cold, lukewarm or hot to hear the gospel? After you know their temperature, next share your personal testimony. You’ve gotten to the gospel and still haven’t answered the original question. The key is getting there before the question trips you up. You intentionally get to the gospel first; answers come second, if at all. After you have offered Christ, you may then answer their original question. If you put into practice this personal Christian evangelism strategy you can expect three things to happen.

1) You will develop confidence in sharing the gospel like never before.

2) God will bring salvation to some of those you witness to, and you’ll see both his saving power and your own weakness made strong in Christ.

3) Your faith will be strengthened by God’s working in you, “both to will and to do his good pleasure”

Remember that although it is God who saves, he uses weak human vessels to take the precious gospel to the world.  Go to htttp://yourchristiananswers.com for more information about “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”

Here are some comments about this strategy from preview readers:

“Understanding how to get to a questioner’s motives BEFORE answering their question is greatly empowering to share the Gospel with anyone you meet.”

“Just the chapter on “Take Their Spiritual Temperatures” makes this book worth getting! I joke now about hitting my non-Christian friends and family in their presuppositions.”

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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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Christian Dialogue: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Live life, watch the news, walk around, and this truth becomes very, very clear. Bad things happen all the time. No one is immune. You can’t buy health. You can’t buy safety. You can’t buy long life. You can’t undo a car accident. You can’t even add a second to your life. The world is a dangerous place. Bad things happen all the time. So, how does a Christian respond? I use a dialogue to answer this question in my book,  Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

“I” is for Inquirer and “Me” is for you, the believer.

I: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Me: Define for me a bad thing.

I: (The answer will likely be about personal trial, loss, sickness, pain, suffering, or death.)

Me: Do you expect to escape this life without any of these?

I: Of course not! (Sometimes a person will say they do expect to have none of these. With that answer, I find a puzzled look makes them reconsider quickly.)

Me: Then ask me again. What’s the question?

I: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Me: What’s a bad thing? Let me give you an example of a bad thing. A young woman in her last year of high school dove into shallow water broke her neck and became a quadriplegic. Is that a bad thing?

I: (They agree, it‘s a bad thing.)

Me: The Bible says, “All things work together for good for those who are called by God.” Joni Erickson Tada’s life would probably have had little impact on the world if she had not had that accident. In her ministry, she advocates for the handicapped around the world and has given away many wheelchairs to many who never could have afforded one. So define for me again a bad thing.

I: (Answers will vary.) OK, now let’s wrap it up!)

Me: Bad things are going to happen because we can’t stop a particular trial, loss, pain, suffering, and death. We are powerless. We can sometimes delay the inevitable with our modern medicine, but we can’t prevent eventually dying. It is how we respond to these circumstances, not the circumstances themselves that bring about or change our attitude.  Jesus is the hope that I have.  (Now, share a short testimony.)  My hope is in Christ. He alone can give us a new perspective, grant us redemption, and restore us to God.  This world with all its personal trial, loss, pain, suffering, and death, will pass away, but God brings men and women to eternal life in Him. How about you?

To add depth, bring up Job, who is an excellent example of the “bad thing” issue.  Share his trials and reactions and cite the irony in Job’s wife’s advice: “Curse God and die.” Advice which Job doesn’t follow.

This question provides an opportunity to share the gospel, so in casual conversation, steer the discussion so that they ask this question.

NOTE:  This material is from pages 9-11 of ANSWERS For: “The Hope That Is In You.” Get your copy at http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Does the native in the jungle who has never heard the Gospel go to Hell?

This question is often asked to embarrass believers because it exposes the exclusive nature of the claims of Christ and forces us to go into theological areas that are unpopular in our culture. In answering, I use Scripture, so I tell the inquirer I am going to use the Bible to explain my answer because the biblical truth is essential to respond to this question credibly. If they won’t let use it, then continuing is usually pointless. The real issue is what’s fair from a human perspective. They are asking, “Why would God condemn anyone?” The truth is required to answer, and it’s not attractive or good news. In fact, it’ condemned to Hell, and they, themselves, can do nothing about it. Here’s my dialogue answer.

Charlie (CL): We begin with the state of humankind. All men and women are separated from God by the nature they are born with, which the Bible calls sin. Sin’s penalty is death, so all humans die. Then ask: “Do all humans die?

Inquirer: (Get an affirmation before going on.)

CL: Sin separates all of humanity from God, and its punishment can’t be removed by any person’s actions. No one can prevent his or her death. This condemnation from God results in separation from him in eternity, which the Bible calls Hell. No one can do anything to change the situation. There are no exceptions among us because we are all descended from Adam and Eve. No human born by the natural process can escape this death sentence of eternity in Hell. Do you understand?

Inquirer: (Affirm again.)

CL: In ancient biblical times, God chose a man, Abraham, to become Hi to make Abraham and his descendants God’s chosen people, redeemed from the curse of death. Abraham’s descendants called the “children of Abraham,” eventually became Israel, the world who were not chosen were left to perish in their sin. Understand?

Inquirer: (Affirm again.)

CL: Jesus came to bring redemption to the Jews, God’s chosen people, but they rejected him, and so redemption became available to all peoples on Earth. Jesus was perfect and not a son of Adam and Eve because he was supernaturally conceived. His death on the cross was sufficient to be the atonement for any man’s sin. Those who believe, receive a pardon because Jesus paid the debt of sin, the debt we can’t pay.

Inquirer: (Affirm again.)

CL: In fact, Jesus told those who believe to take this good news of salvation to the entire world. So, yes, the native who does not hear will perish in his sin. In fact, Jesus said the end (of the world) would not come until this message was taken to “every tribe and nation.”

If they have agreed to this point in the dialogue, it’s time to bring the Gospel starting with your testimony and moving to “Closure.”  See Chapters 6 and 7 in Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

NOTE:  The introduction to this blog is a summarized version of what appears in the book 6-8 in “ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.”  Get your copies at http://yourchristiananswers.com

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