Basic Truths: Witnessing #6

Faith Church July 12, 1992

 

- we're studying how to please the Lord in the use of our

  tongue

- we've talked about all the things that have to be put off

- now we're studying what has to be put on

 

- surely one of the things that the Lord would want us to do

  with our tongues is tell others about His Son

- this is our sixth week on this subject so if you're just

   joining us you might want to consider getting a copy of

   the notes from the previous weeks -- we'd be happy to

   provide them

 

- today we're going to continue talking about "Handling

  Common Objections"

- last week we tried to "Develop a philosophy of handling

   objections"

      - how do I respond, not to a specific objection, but

        just to the fact that the person has an objection

        period

 

- today I'd like to mention a few more general principles

    about objections, and then we'll start talking about some

    of the specific common objections

 

I. Basic Attitudes In Handling Objections

 

    A. Avoid arguments

 

        - when somebody objects, its not time to pull out

          your argumentation gun and shoot the person down

            (blow smoke from your gun)

 

        - it's possible to win the argument and lose the

          opportunity to minister to that person

 

        - it's important to remember, in relation to this,

          that we ought not to take objections personally

 

        - we're not there to present ourselves, we're there

          to present our Lord

 

 

    B. Show positive attitude

 

        - let's say that you're giving your testimony and the

          person objects by saying--"born again, that's

          something Jimmy Carter came up with."

 

        - What positive thing could you say to that?

 

            - thanks for listening

            - thanks for thinking this through

            - thanks for being Bereanish

 

 

 

 

 

    - closely aligned to that one:

 

    C. Use sincere compliment

 

        - it's nice to discuss this with someone so willing

          to think this through

 

        - its obvious that you're well-read

 

- so one question we need to ask - do I have the right

   attutude?

 

II. Methods of Handling Objections

 

    A. Postpone

 

        - question to ask ourselves - does this deal with an

           essential part of the gospel?

 

        - often the quesion won't - (cf. Why so many

           denominations?)

 

        - INPUT - how can you "postpone" that objection?

 

        - "that's an interesting question and I'd like to

           talk to you about it as soon as we've finished

           talking about how a person goes to heaven."

 

        - might not be a bad idea in some settings to

          actually write the question down on a legal pad so

          the person knows you are serious about getting back

          to it

 

    B. Answer quickly

 

        - if objection does deal with an essential part of

          the gospel, you of course will need to answer it

 

        - cf. our Lord with Thomas - John 14

 

    C. Research and return

 

        - person may ask a question that you can't answer

            - that is possible

 

        - I get paid to study the Scripture and there are

          plenty of questions I can't answer

            - (many of you have asked me questions where I've

               told you I'd need to get back to you)

 

        - there's a lot of difficult questions that could be

          asked

             1) Could a person effectively be baptized in a

                 heap of shredded paper?

             2) Is God ethical in declaring me righteous when

                 I'm really not?

             3) Can God make a rock bogger than he can pick

                 up?

- now let's talk about some common objections

 

-(if time, break into groups and have them brainstorm the

  different objections they've heard or been confronted with)

- in the time we have left, let's talk about some of these

    common objections.

- our "method" will be this--I'll mention the specific

   objection and then we'll brainstorm some possible answers

- then we'll study some things together

 

III. Handling Some of the Common Objections

 

    A. I don't believe the Bible

 

        - INPUT?

 

        - "What do you understand the main message of the

             Bible to be?"

        - "I don't believe it"

 

        - I'm not asking if you believe it - I'm asking what

          you understand God's Word to say about how a person

          gets to heaven?

 

        - they will probably answer something about works

 

            - you've rejected the most important book in

              human history without understanding it's

              message

 

        - Can I share that message with you?

 

    B. Religion is a crutch

 

        - there are many things appealing about God - His

           love, compassion, mercy

 

        - there are also aspects about God that make terror

          here on earth pale by comparison

              - His justice and judgement to come- His

                    anger against sin and His wrath which He

                 will pour out on it

 

        - we know it's a fearful thing to fall into the hands

          of the living God - Heb. 10:31

 

        - truth is - instaed of believers creating an

           imaginary God to who we can flee, unbelievers have

           created an imaginary world where God doesn't exist

           to flee from a God whom deep down they know exists

 

    C. There are hypocrites in the church

 

        INPUT?

 

        1. That's bad.  Believers will never be perfect but

              must be growing.

 

        2. There wa s ahypocrite among the twelve.

 

             Christ was longsuffering with Judas but he was

             eventually judged.

 

             Our Lord never allowed anyone to use Judas as an

             excuse for being irresponsible.

 

        3. Every person stands alone before God.

 

            Rom. 14:12

 

        4. there's only one place free of hypocrites.

 

        5. Not all believers are as bad as some folks make

            them out to be.

 

    D. I've already done that.

 

        INPUT?

 

        - use two diagnostic questions:

 

        1) Have you come to the place in your spiritual life

           where you know for sure that you have eternal

           life?  -- that is; do you know for sure that if

           you died today you would be on your way to

           heaven?

 

        2) If you were to die today and stand before God and

           He said to you, why should I let you into heaven,

           what would you say?

 

              - other answers - II Cor. 5:17 (has there been

                a change?)

 

    E. Life will be a drag if I accept Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

    F. My friends won't understand.

 

 

 

 

 

    G. All roads lead to heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

    H. I can't live up to that.

 

 

 

 

 

    I. I need more time.

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