Rick Anderson of CHAIM
On Saturday morning, October 27, Rev. Rick Anderson of CHAIM (a Christian ministry to the Jewish people proclaiming Israel's Messiah), came to HPC to give a Personal Evangelism Training Seminar. Anderson was very encouraged by the Saturday morning attendance and participation in discussion.
Topics covered in the seminar included:
Why should Christians share their faith?
How should a Christian prepare him/herself to witness to others?
Key verses to use in personal one-on-one evangelism
Evangelism with complete strangers
The Ladder Method
How to start a conversation with a stranger
Three spiritually-sensitive diagnostic questions to use in conversation
Overcoming the fear factor
The Reformed gospel compared to Arminianism
Types of sincere and insincere prospects, and how to deal with them
Evangelism toward those of non-biblical religions
Evangelism toward Jewish people
The 3-hour seminar was practical in nature, but Anderson demonstrated his belief during discussion that evangelism must be rooted in a right understanding of God and a love for our neighbor. While the training assumes a solid level of biblical knowledge and an assurance in one's personal relationship with Christ, it is still accessible to Christians who are new to the faith and zealous to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. One of the teenagers in attendance spoke with me the next day about how he wants to use what he learned in the seminar to do some street-evangelism at the Warrenton Christmas festival when HPC hosts our annual Live Nativity. Thus Rick's and CHAIM's labors for the Lord are producing fruit!