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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God’s Wake-Up Calls, My Third, Saturday 1/27/2108, Charlie Liebert

I as born into this world on 09/02/1941.  God gave me life in him on March 20, 1977, at thirty-five, in Greensboro, North Carolina, when I became a Christian. My transformation from Atheism was so sudden, surprising, and dramatic that I had to unlearn and relearn almost everything I believed. God in His sovereign purpose gave me ears to hear, brought me from death to life, and I was “born again.” All my presuppositions changed in a moment. Everything I thought I knew about humankind and God was wrong! As a new believer, I confronted the biblical truth of the Genesis’ account of Creation in direct opposition to the Evolution I loved. There was no evolution in the first three chapters of Genesis.  I’ll talk more about this more in next week’s blog.  In 1977 was the beginning of my walk with Jesus.

Toward the end of 1996, I came to the brink of eternity with a significant heart attack.  The surgeon would later tell me that when he entered the OR I had 30 minutes to live.  I saw my mortality up close.  This second call brought major changes in life priorities because my life is just a vapor I should spend as much time as possible on eternal things.

Almost 40 years after becoming a Christian, God again called me to consider His great mercy. In Christ.  Now living in Carlisle, PA., on March 3, 2107, I had a minor heart attack.  Triple bypass surgery was performed on March 20, 2017, forty years to the day from my conversion.  God gave me a new heart in 1977 and renewed my heart again in 2017.  Both heart attacks were God’s calls to draw me to greater commitment to Christ.

This most recent call was on Saturday 1/27/2018.  Returning home for lunch from a meeting at the library I suddenly doubled over in severe pain like nothing I’d ever experienced. I have been studying with some Christian brothers the connection between Romans 8:28 and I Thessalonians 5:18. “ALL things work together for good” and “Give thanks in ALL things.” A sudden reality confronted me: “Could I give thanks, NOW.  The pain was overwhelming.  My highly inflamed appendix burst.  A normal 1-hour surgery took 2 ½ hours because of all the clean-up required.  I came home 24 hours later, and healing continues.  BUT the most important lesson I learned was to see up close and personal my mortality and the connection of ALL things in His purpose.  In Christ, we need to be thankful even in the darkness and pain.  All things DO work together for good and I WILL thank Him in ALL things

So, when you get discouraged, in pain or depressed, PRAISE GOD.  Give thanks in ALL things and ALL circumstances.  God is working for your GOOD in those hard, dark, painful times.  Find help in the Hymn lines:

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

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

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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Christian, can you answer? “I only have faith in what I can sense.” Part 1

Christians can counter materialistic beliefs by three separate approaches: 1) immaterial opposites, 2) historical narratives and 3) absolute scientific laws. Your strategy here is given as dialogue to make it simple to understand and easy to implement. This week we tackle the immaterial opposites, next week the second and third ones.

Immaterial Opposites

Here are some possible materialist statements: “I only believe in what I can see.” “My five senses tell me all I need to and can know.” “There is no supernatural; only the material world exists.” “Faith in something you can’t see is foolish.” (There are many variations of these statements, but you get the idea.)

Me: “You only believe in things you can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste, so then do you believe in darkness?”

Them: “Yes.”

Me: “There is no such thing as darkness. You can’t sense it in any way. Darkness is the absence of light, but it does not exist by itself. How about the wind? Do you believe in the wind?”

Them: “Of course.”

Me: “The wind itself can’t be seen; only its effect. Do you believe in cold? Cold is the absence of heat and can only be defined by the presence of heat.”

Them: Many possible responses.

Me: “How about good and evil? Neither one can be measured or sensed, but we know them when we see them.”

I: Many possible responses. At some point in this dialogue the Inquirer is going to stop you and ask, “Where are you going with this?” or “You are frustrating me.” So, when they ask, we put the pieces together.

Me: “You do believe in many things you can’t sense. Darkness and cold are opposites of things we can measure. We observe the effect of wind, and we can measure it, but we don’t see it. Evil is the absence of good, but what’s the source of good? How do we know what’s right or wrong? What is a conscience? Is morality somehow inside of people?”

“Your child has just done something wrong, and you confront them. Immediately they look guilty but lie to escape punishment. The Family Circus cartoon depicts this behavior with the semi-invisible character “Not Me.” If you deal with children, you know all about “Not Me.”

I: At this point, it’s important to get them to agree to the principles of good and evil.

Me: “Since you believe in the concept of evil, you also must accept the necessity of justice, because bad behavior deserves punishment. As a materialist you believe anyone’s behavior is just the response of the chemistry and electricity in your brain, but what is the source of those moral ideas? Good and evil is another immaterial concept you know and accept.”

Immaterial opposites show that you believe in more than you can sense, but there are two more ways you also go beyond your senses, historical narratives and absolute scientific laws.,

Summary: Even the staunchest materialist has to accept many intangible things that can be defined but not detected or measured. Immaterial opposites are the first of the three flaws in a materialist’s beliefs. Next week we’ll discuss the other two, historical narratives and absolute scientific laws.

My book: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains these answers. My personal evangelism strategy is in my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”

My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Is your Christian witness thwarted by a question you can’t answer? Here’s a solution!

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 responding to 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 receive 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 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 empowers you 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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My second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to 106 of those questions. Book three, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. 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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Offering the Gospel as: “Good News” and “Bad News”

As a Christian you have many encounters to present the gospel. Last week we used the Spiritual equations logic to share the gospel. Now I propose another different approach. Use the “goods news, bad news” cliché. Begin with the 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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Spiritual Equations, a unique way to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! I developed a strategy for personal evangelism to overcome the fear most Christians have of being asked questions they can’t answer. We tackle this fear with the approach Jesus used by discerning the motive of the questioner. Jesus often did not answer questions but responded with his another question!  For example in Matthew 21:23–25 “And when he (Jesus) entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ Jesus answered them, ‘I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?’” The Pharisees were stumped and had to withdraw their question. Jesus had made them see their motive and DID NOT answer their question. You can do the same. Don’t answer the question. Get to the gospel first by using the Spiritual Equations to share Christ simply and quickly. The two equations are “Justice” and “Mercy”.

Mankind = All men and women born from Adam and Eve. This is everyone that lives on earth, except Jesus Christ. Jesus was not a son of Adam because of the virgin birth. That’s why he’s called the second Adam.

God’s Law = The moral law of God given to Moses and Israel in the Old Testament. It’s God’s rules for mankind’s behavior that must be kept perfectly to avoid God’s justice.

Good Works = All the different things men do to try to please God.

Grace/Faith = The gospel of Jesus Christ as given in the New Testament “for by grace you are saved through faith”. Jesus made the payment for sin by his death on the cross

Hell = Eternal separation from God resulting from His justice for violating the moral law. Everyone! No exceptions. No one can be good enough because the standard is perfection and no son or daughter of Adam can ever be perfect in this life. As is commonly said, “I’m only human!”

Heaven = God’s reward to the elect who have been called, justified, sanctified, and finally glorified. They have received grace (mercy) and live by faith.

“Justice”. Mankind + God’s Law + Good Works = Hell

“Mercy”. Mankind + God’s Law + Grace/Faith = Heaven + Good Works

Note common threads in both equations, starting with mankind and God’s law. Both contain good works, but on opposite sides of the equation. The results are direct opposites: hell or heaven. We conclude:

1) Without grace/faith, no amount of good works can bring us to heaven!

2) God’s justice MUST be satisfied that judgment is Hell for all mankind

2) Hell is the only result mankind can expect on his own merit without God’s intervention.

3) With mercy (grace/faith), mankind receives heaven and good works result their life.

Lesson: Christians can be empowered to share the gospel quickly and easily by using spiritual equations for “justice” and “mercy”.

This blog is adapted from pages 55-57 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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