Showing posts from February, 2008

May I pray for you?

Compassion and love should be the mark of a Christian as Jesus commanded. Many times there are wasted opportunities to minister to others when you don't have the skills for the problem someone has. If you have ears that work you can at least listen. The next thing to do is ask them if you can pray for them. Even if you are in a work environment, especially during a break, there should be no problem in asking if you can pray for the person who is troubled. The next step is very important if they agree. Ask them if you can pray with them right now. You can tell them you're afraid you'll forget to pray for them and break your word. If they agree then you can say a prayer aloud with them asking for God's blessing. They may feel a bit awkward, and you too, but since they gave you permission you are in a great position to minister to them by going to God in prayer. This may really build a bond of trust and allow you to minister more in the future.

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Do I have to belong to your organization?

Greg Koukl offers this excellent question on this subject:
"In order to have right standing with God, to be saved, do I have to be a member of your organization."
They believe that to be true but it is awkward for them to say so.
If they do admit that is what they believe then follow up with "Would you please show me in your Bible where it says that anyone needs to be a member of any organization to be saved, much less the Watchtower Society that has only be around for less than 150 years?" This is the Missouri "Show Me!" question in action.

True Jesus, who is he? CARM

True Jesus, who is he? CARM

This article gives some good support for the question, "Do you pray to Jesus?" Few cultists will pray to Jesus. Bring up the scriptures to correct them if they say they shouldn't pray to Jesus. 1 Cor 1:1,2

A related question, "Do you call Jesus your Lord and your God?" Why not? Thomas did. John 20:28

Interesting Quotes from the Watchtower Magazine, CARM

Interesting Quotes from the Watchtower Magazine, CARM

CARM sums up a lot of quotes from JW literature about how you are saved only by being associated with the Watchtower.

CARM resources on JW's

Jehovah's Witnesses

CARM has some excellent resources for understanding and witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses. I will highlight the parts of CARM that are most useful for the Five Minute Ministry site.

Deity of Christ: Case Closed

This is a very interesting and useful tactic in demonstrating the deity of Christ but I wouldn't use it in a first encounter because the overall tactic is to go after the weaker areas first, the ones they don't have all their defenses up for. Go around the Maginot Line, as it were. Still, this is a very important tool in the arsenal of defending the deity of Christ thanks to Greg Koukl.