How do you share the gospel with those who don't think they need it?
Someone you know is a Mormon—a family member, a coworker, a friend, or a neighbor—and you long to present the truth about Jesus and what God's Word teaches. But where do you start? How can you convey what's on your heart in a way that will be well received? Every relationship and situation is unique, and that's why these essays from respected scholars, apologists, and pastors—including Sandra Tanner, Robert Bowman, David Geisler, Bill McKeever, Mark Mittelberg, J. Warner Wallace, Lynn Wilder, and others—lays out a variety of creative methods for sharing the gospel effectively so you can...
- initiate authentic conversations
- respond with compassion and clarity to Mormon teachings
- understand your Mormon friends and find ways to keep the dialogue going
Speaking the truth to Mormons can feel daunting when you're unprepared. Let the suggestions in this book give you solid ideas for reaching those who are lost but don't realize it.
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About the Author
Sean McDowell (PhD) is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including A New Kind of Apologist. He is an associate professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, is an internationally recognized speaker, and blogs regularly at www.seanmcdowell.org.Eric Johnson (MDiv) works with Mormonism Research Ministry (www.mrm.org) and has written and coauthored several books, including Answering Mormons' Questions and Mormonism 101. He currently lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and three daughters.
Table of Contents
Foreword Josh McDowell 11
Introduction: Should Christians Share the Good News with Mormons? Eric Johnson 13
Section 1 Basic Training Approaches
1 Helping Our Friends Evaluate Truth Claims: The Straight-Thinking Approach Mark Mittelberg 27
2 Sharing the Reasons for God: The Evidence Approach Dr. Sean McDowell 37
3 Did God Really Say So? The Reliability-of-the-Bible Approach Matt Slick 47
4 Who Is the Real Jesus? The Christ-Centered Approach Dr. Robert M. Bowman Jr. 57
Spotlight: Brett Kunkle 67
Section 2 Reasoning Approaches
5 Investigating Mormonism: The Case-Making Approach-J. Warner Wallace 73
6 Undermining Confidence in a Mormon's Personal "Testimony": The Police-Lineup Approach Dr. Corey Miller 83
7 Joseph Smith's First Vision and the Book of Mormon: The Historical Approach Bill McKeever 91
8 Using Surveys to Reveal Truth to Mormons: The Polling Approach Chip Thompson 101
Spotlight: Micah Wilder 111
Section 3 Personal Approaches
9 Sharing with a Mormon Family Member: The Keeping-Good-Relations Approach Carl Wimmer 117
10 When the Elders Come Calling: The Missionaries-At-Your-Door Approach Sandra Tanner 127
11 Sharing the Truth with LDS Women: The Compassion Approach Becky Walker 137
12 Preaching from an Asbestos Suit: The Reasoning-with-Mormons-on-the-Internet Approach Fred W. Anson 147
Spotlight: Brody Olson 157
Section 4 Invitational Approaches
13 Engaging in Gospel Discussions: The Keep-It-Simple Approach Aaron Shafovaloff 163
14 Listen: The Conversational Approach Dr. David Geisler Brian Henson 173
15 Authentic, Humble Dialogue with Mormons: The Columbo Approach Dr. Lynn Wilder 183
16 The Power of a Simple Invitation: The Come-and-See Approach Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt 193
Spotlight: Shane Jones 203
Section 5 LDS Event Approaches
17 Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Open-Air-Evangelism Approach Andrew Rappaport 209
18 Extra! Extra! Read All About It: The Newspaper Approach Sharon Lindbloom 219
19 The Miracle of Forgiveness: The Free-Book Approach Eric Johnson Randy Sweet 229
20 Website Advertising: The Sign Approach Rob Sivulka 239
Spotlight: Steve Dealy 247
Section 6 Salvation Approaches
21 When Being Good Is Not Good Enough: The Awareness-of-Sin Approach Joel B. Groat 253
22 Can Something Valuable Really Be Free? The Meaning-of-Grace Approach Dr. Loren Pankratz 263
23 Are You Considered as Good as Jesus? The Imputation Approach John Kauer 273
24 I'm Trying My Best: The Impossible-Gospel Approach Keith Walker 283
Spotlight: James Walker 293
Go for It! Dr. Sean McDowell 297
Appendix 1 The Gospel (Good News) According to the Bible 299
Appendix 2 101 Mormon Terms Defined (from Aaronic Priesthood to Zion) 301
Subject Index 315
Scripture Index 319
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is stellar - the light in a dark place comes from the heart of men & women who've walked through experiences where the Holy Spirit of grace makes the step-by-step, often painstaking trek into a world of theology - schism and wrenchings included - a new and delightful kind of "guided tour" for the unfamiliar or perplexed. Hand in hand with this collections splendid diversity of personalities, any reader has in Johnson's and McDowell's book the consummation of a mastrfully directed project of decades in the making - with this one aim in mind - to win over the self-styled "saints" from a fanaticism of a mythical "latter day" invented by Joseph Smith and his tyrannical successors, to a plain and simple living Truth, to the real and loving God of the Bible, Jesus Christ.
This book contains a wide variety of ideas and strategies for both extroverts and introverts. Since it is a collection of short essays, I expected to pick and choose which chapters to read. To my surprise, when I ended one article, the next article looked so interesting that I read that one too. Before I knew it, I had read the whole book front to back! Most of the authors gave examples of wonderful gentle questions designed to make the hearer think through implications. Each author consistently modeled how to engage in spiritual discussions lovingly and respectfully. Frankly, one or two articles may also challenge your own pre-conceived notions. As a Sunday School teacher, I plan to use some of the very clear explanations of truth, God, sin, grace, and other theological concepts in this book. These are helpful to anyone who wants to understand and articulate their faith better. Insightful mini-interviews with Christian ministries to Mormons are sprinkled throughout the book. They further expand the picture of what sharing Christ can look like. The themes of love, truth, and grace seemed to be in every essay. Consider getting the book just to learn the art of asking loving questions and presenting the gospel truth winsomely. I totally enjoyed it and learned a lot.
My LDS friends and neighbors are beautiful cultured people. Since they have grown up in Mormonism, it is all they know. They believe their church is the “true church.” This kind of faith is what any believer should profess, however they are being misled and controlled by their church. My heart breaks for them. While they use the same words that Christianity uses, the meanings are different. These terms are explained in Appendix B. Witnessing to them can be a daunting and unnerving task for the uninitiated. How to approach them and gently talk with them without offending them is difficult and requires knowledge and self-control. This book gives numerous examples and techniques on how to do so. Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell have organized the concise essays of 26 respected scholars, apologists and pastors into 6 sections. Each author takes about 10 pages to expound on what has worked for them. If you love your LDS friends and neighbors like I do, you will need to digest this book like you do the scriptures. Having this knowledge will make sure you are armed with the tools to “plant the seed” of true salvation not only for the LDS, but for all the lost on this earth. This book will give you a firm foundation and also lead you to the author’s additional writings contained in the extensive bibliography.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Reaching out to Mormons can be hard because each and every person is a little different. The authors of this book share their knowledge and experiences in talking with this group and the methods they describe are all unique and done in love. If you have LDS friends or neighbors and you want to learn how to effectively share the gospel with them, this book will offer you some valuable tools.
I love this book! I enjoyed the fact that each chapter was written by a different author on a different way of sharing the truth of scripture. Doing so helped to acknowledge different personalities (and level of knowledge) that people bring to the table in sharing the good news. It was written so that it is easy to understand and fun to read, while it was loaded with biblical truth and massive amounts of LDS doctrine to provide context and understanding. I found that many of the chapters “techniques” are easily blended with other “techniques” again providing the reader with a toolbox of information that we can then use later that fits us and/or the situation we might find ourselves in. I will definitely be suggesting this book to anyone I know that shows any interest in fulfilling the Great Commission. This book is even helpful whether you intend to speak to LDS church members or to any other lost person. The Gospel was reiterated again and again pointing the reader to Christ who was crucified for us while we were yet sinners. Thank you so much for this book. You have already helped me to better love the lost by sharing the true Christ of scripture the true Grace of God.
"Sharing the Good News with Mormons" is an awesome book packed full practical tips and tactics that will get you on the path to having impactful conversations with your LDS family and friends. I own several books on Mormonism, and while most books focus on the drastic differences between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity, and why Mormonism is not considered a Christian denomination but an entirely different religion altogether, this book takes it a step further and gives you tools and strategies for conversation that will truly make an impact . The chapter that spoke to me the most was chapter 6, written by Dr. Corey Miller. This chapter focuses on overcoming the Mormon's testimony. If you have ever tried to have a factual, historical, or Biblical conversation with your LDS neighbor you know the LDS church teaches them as a shielding mechanism to immediately go to their personal testimony to shut down any fruitful conversation. The Mormon's testimony is the ultimate shut down. It's foundation is built strictly on a subjective feeling that can neither be confirmed nor denied by either the Mormon or the Christian trying to engage in conversation. To quote the chapter, "too many Christians are left dumbfounded and deflated upon realizing that the Latter-day Saint testimony takes preeminence over facts and logical arguments." This chapter focuses on tactics and tips to overcoming your LDS neighbor's Testimony ie conversation stopper, which is essential and necessary if any fruitful conversation is actually to take place. As the new Testament says in 1 Corinthians, "we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block for the Jews, and foolishness for the gentiles," and also from 1 Corinthians, "for those who are perishing the cross is foolishness, but those who are saved it is the power of God." Some people ask me why I would want to share Jesus with my Mormon neighbors. My response, Christ's last commandment to his followers was that we were to carry his message of salvation through his death and resurrection to the ends of the Earth. He didn't say don't preach my message to a Muslim, or don't preach my message to a Buddhist, or don't preach my message to a Mormon. All who deny Christ's redemptive work on the Cross will come to regret it in the end. Discussing eternal issues and the redemptive love God offers to all through Jesus's work on the cross is for all to hear, and that's why I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It offers helpful tips on engaging our Mormon friends in meaningful conversation and steering them towards the real Jesus and the only True living God.
This has been the most helpful book I've read, taking away some of the intimidation when confronting mormons with the truth of Gods word. All the different authors from different backgrounds give a wealth of information. I enjoyed the "Spotlight" sections by Eric and Sean questioning the authors. I have been able to construct my own approach that easily fits my personality and comfort zone, preparing me for possible questions I may be confronted with. I find myself digging in the Bible deeper as God humbles me to trust in Him. Thank you! 1 Peter 3:15-16
Excellent book for those who care about their Mormon friends. It is full of practical suggestion and clearly explains on their belief system. I especially appreciate the respectful attitude the book promotes. This book contains practical answers to the questions that any searcher might ask. I highly recommend this book for getting an understanding on how to share the good news with Mormons.
The subtitle “Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started” aptly describes this thought-provoking book! Crafted by over 25 people with hundreds of years of experience in talking to LDS people, this book provided unique and tested methods of discussing life’s most important questions. I enjoyed the easy-to-read chapters; the deep, analytical thinking; the open-ended questions; and the personal encounters that illustrated the caring and compassionate hearts of the various authors. The appendices and indexes were an added bonus. As the general editors stated in the introduction and epilogue, this is a smorgasbord of ideas—some more suiting to one person’s style than another’s. Each reader can choose from this buffet of styles the one that’s right for him. I finished reading it yesterday and have already employed two of the strategies!