A friend of mine sent this to me:
- Do vs. Done
- Three Rs (Not about ritual, rules, religion)
This is a quick snippet from
- Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum, Bill Hybels
- Becoming a Contagious Christian (Video Curriculum Kit), Bill Hybels
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Gospel Scripts
A friend of mine sent this to me:
This is a quick snippet from
Its chapters cover the basic gospel script of Do Vs. Done as the framework for a simple explanation of the gospel that allows someone who is considering Christianity to examine the biblical evidence and reasoning of a placing faith in Christ.
The basic outline of the Do Vs Done Script is
Religion is spelled D-O, and is all about trying to DO enough to please God.
The trouble is we don’t know if we ever do enough, and the Bible tells us we never can do enough (Romans 3.23).
But Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E.
Jesus has done what we could never do. He lived the perfect life and died on the cross to pay for all the wrong stuff we have done.
But it’s not enough just to know this; we have to receive what he has done; we have to ask Jesus to forgive us and to be the leader of our lives.
Then you could ask them what they think, whether they understand the difference, and if they see the need for Jesus.
I appreciated how short this Done.: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible, particularly the logic of the presentation.
It is written with a seeker in mind, rather than an advanced student of theology or a theologically astute Christian who has been walking with the Lord for a long time.
I would feel comfortable giving this book to my friends who are not yet followers of Christ but are seriously seeking or investigating.
What it is:
What it is not:
I could see this book being used as a gift for church visitors. Order Done.: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible by the case load and use it as a gift in your church visitor gift bag.
This book could be a great tool in an investigative Bible study with people who are at this point in their journey to faith where they seek a clear gospel explanation.
This book could also be used in an evangelism study group that is wanting to learn a particular gospel presentation. Of course, you want to encourage your group to actually be in relationship with people to have the opportunity to explain the gospel script.
My only criticism of Done.: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible is that the subtitle is not quite on the point of Do vs. Done.
The subtitle talks about “what most religions don’t tell you about the Bible.”
When I bought the book, I expected Done.: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible to be
This was not a key point of the book.
Rather, the writer assumes the credibility of the Bible and builds his presentation on the assumption that it is credible.
There are several places where he doesn’t assume the reader will hold that same assumption, but phrases like “If you believe the Bible. . . . .”
In the big scheme of my review, this is a trivial critique.
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Gospel Scripts
This evening I read a post about evangelism scripts at this blog.
The main gist of the entry is of an encounter between an evangelist with a script and the author being the one evangelized.
The evangelism script in the discussion came from Evangelism Explosion, a tool that has been highly useful in the past and one that can be still useful today.
In following the script, the evangelist never really listened to the person’s answers. Read the original article yourself.
As evangelists, we need a “Default setting.”
A default setting is a gospel script that we have mastered so well that it is second nature to use it.
A default setting enables us to explain a few points of the gospel clearly when its appropriate.
A default setting allows us to be diamond clear, rather than muddy clear.
A default setting allows us to be calm while communicating the gospel.
Each one of these can provide a script that we can use as a “default setting.”
However, we still need to listen to the person we are talking to and be flexible with the script, adapting it to the context of the conversation.
I’m not saying in any of this that I’m changing the gospel, or leaving anything out. I’m being flexible in the give and take of a conversation to listen and respond, present or inquire.
Some will find fault with the theology of certain gospel presentations. No script is able to capture the full richness of the gospel in 3 or 4 propositional points.
While I think all of us would agree on the main points, some of the theological nuances will be the points of difference.
For example, I know people who think the Four Spiritual Laws is wrong because it starts in the wrong spot. Others believe the gospel is all about law and sin, and so the starting point must be the 10 commandments.
All of these scripts deal with the problem of sin, but how they discuss sin is often related to some theological presuppositions.
For example, read are you a Genesis 3 Christian? Would sin have been the best starting point for her?
Or for a different point, where would you start the gospel with a member of an indigenous tribe who doesn’t have a Western worldview, but worships an alligator?
The solution is to find one that fits your theological stream that you can be comfortable with.
Following a script as exactly as possible can be as impersonal as calling a 1-800 number for customer service.
The customer service person in the remote call center has a script to follow, who cares what you really need or are really asking.
For the user who is following the script as strictly as possible, the give and take of the conversation messes it up. This leads to interior anxiety and frustration because it’s out of line.
I’ve talked with some who think a presentation doesn’t work (as if the gospel presentation is a magic formula) unless it’s followed exactly, which means there can be no give and take of a discussion.
I’ve encountered others who place so much emphasis on the right presentation, that their “conversations” are actually monologues led by their own rhetorical questions.
When we follow a script, we have to listen to the “customer” (don’t get carried away with my analogy) and respond appropriately with love. Conversational evangelism is sharing the good news of the gospel, not a canned product placement pitch.
See our entire series on Gospel Scripts
Do you have a default setting you use?
Can you share how you are conversationally flexible with it?
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