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Evangelism in a Skeptical World

How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable
Sam Chan
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Most Christians already know that they should be telling their friends about Jesus. But they have been poorly equipped with methods that are no longer effective in today's post-Christian world. As a result, many people become frustrated, blame themselves, and simply give up. Evangelism in a Skeptical World is a textbook on evangelism that is ideal for the church or the classroom to equip Christians with the principles and skills they need to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in a skeptical world.

Many of the older principles and methods of evangelism in the twentieth century no longer work effectively today. In a post-Christian, post-churched, post-reached world we need new methods to communicate the timeless message of the gospel in culturally relevant ways. Dr. Chan combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology on contextualization, cultural hermeneutics, and storytelling. Every chapter is illustrated with real-world examples drawn from over fifteen years of evangelistic ministry. These are methods that really work - with university students, urban workers, and professionals - getting past the defensive posture that people have toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ.

Field-tested and filled with unique, fresh, and creative insights, this book will equip you to share the gospel in today's world and help as many people as possible hear the good news about Jesus.

About the Author

Sam Chan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MBBS, University of Sydney) is a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia, where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers. He is the author of the award-winning book Evangelism in a Skeptical World and regularly speaks at conferences around the world on the practice of evangelism in a post-Christian culture. Sam blogs at


Every Christian has an implicit theology: a set of beliefs about God and about what God was doing in Jesus Christ. To communicate this good news--the gospel--to others is every believer's privilege and responsibility. Sam Chan's book helpfully shows how to do this in a way that fits our twenty-first-century multicultural contexts. -- Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This practical guide not only provides a biblical description of evangelism but also includes helpful strategies for gospel sharing in everyday situations. This book will be helpful for all who desire to see those who are hostile to God become followers of Jesus. -- Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College

This is an important book. In it, one of Christianity's smartest voices, Sam Chan, shows us how to bring our secular neighbors into a lifegiving encounter with the gospel. Highly recommended for use in universities, seminaries, and churches. -- Bruce Riley Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

If you are looking for an evangelism textbook with biblical foundations, strong theology, real-life illustrations, passion for the heart of God, and tools to move people out into a skeptical world with the good news of Jesus, look no further. Sam has done a masterful job of taking evangelism from concept and theory to practice and action. -- Kevin G. Harney, author, Organic Outreach trilogy; founder and visionary leader, Organic Outreach International

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    • View Resource When Can We Call Someone a Christian? 513.763 KB
    • View Resource Five Examples of Testimonies 382.084 KB
    • View Resource Key Differences Between a Modern and a Postmodern Audience 316.229 KB
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus 362.289 KB
    • View Resource What Learning Style Are You? 287.894 KB
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus - Heather Pieris to high school girls 4:14
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus - Damien Whitington to Maroubra surfers 5:13
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus - Ben Molyneux to those living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney 4:12
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus - David Spring to Asian migrants in urban Sydney 6:31
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus - Lisa Mah to Hakka Chinese 5:37
    • View Resource From Cultural Text to Jesus - Aaron Koh 2:36
  • Chapter 1 - A Theology of Evangelism
  • Chapter 2 - Everyday Evangelism
  • Chapter 3 - How to Craft a Gospel Presentation
  • Chapter 4 - Evangelism to Postmoderns
  • Chapter 5 - Contextualization for Evangelism
  • Chapter 6 - Gospel-Cultural Hermeneutics
  • Chapter 7 - Storytelling the Gospel
  • Chapter 8 - How to Give Evangelistic Topical Talks
  • Chapter 9 - How to Give Evangelistic Expository Talks
  • Chapter 10 - Religious Epistemology, Apologetics, and Defeater Beliefs
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Evangelism in a Skeptical World is an ideal training tool on evangelism. It will equip you with the principles and skills needed to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in today’s skeptical world.

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  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 288
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed
  • ISBN: 9780310534679
  • Release: March 13, 2018
Categories Ministry Evangelism
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