I am continuing to share 5 principles for sharing with the Mormons at our door (see parts 23, 24).
3. Be Courageous: 2 Timothy 1:7-8 “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,”
Courage is needed to get into a conversation. The Apostle Paul states we are not to be weak when talking about the Gospel because we have the power of the Holy Spirit. He says fear comes from being ashamed of the Gospel of our Lord. Are you ashamed of the Gospel?
Courage is also needed to turn up the heat and strongly challenge them to face contradictions in their beliefs. In both cases we cannot be afraid to offend. I’ve heard it said, “We don’t need to be offensive, the Gospel is offensive enough.” Be gentle and respectful but show courage when confronting your Mormon friends and over time share more difficult truths.
4. Be Prepared: 1 Peter 3:15 “…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” Peter tells us at all times to be ready to make a defense. This will take time and effort. Confidence and calmness comes from preparation and experience.
Know how to lead someone to Christ
Here are some scriptures you should know and be able to share in this order; Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, and Romans 10:9. I am assuming you know how to share the Gospel utilizing these verses. We all need to be prepared for those times when someone wants to commit his or her life to Jesus.
Know your personal testimony
Make your story short about 3 minutes maximum. Too many Christians get into unnecessary gory details. Short and sweet is the best. Make sure you include a Gospel presentation as you tell your story; such as “When I finally decided to follow Jesus I told God I believe Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins so I could experience forgiveness and the love of God.” Realize personal testimonies have limited effect; every religious person has a testimony. However, it helps in relationship building and is an easy way to share the Gospel.
Know what you believe and why you believe it
Here are some resources to help you understand what you believe. I will share examples of books and web sites I use.
- Theology Books: One or more of these should be on the shelf of all Christians.
– Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology
– Wayne Grudem, Christian Beliefs [easier version to read]
– Millard Erickson, Christian Theology
Understanding Mormon Doctrines:
- Recommended Mormon Apologetic Books
– Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons
– Richard Abanes, Becoming Gods
– B. McKeever & E. Johnson, Mormonism 101
- Web sites
− Mormon: http://www.lds.org/ (LDS official site). Good for reading their books (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, etc.).
− Mormon Apologetics
As Peter challenged us always be prepared to share what you believe and understand what they believe. Work with a friend to practice how to answer common questions. Role playing is a valuable tool. A military quote works here, “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.” There are no short cuts to preparation.