Reviews: Have No Fear and Sharing the Gospel with a Jehovah’s Witness
Posted by Ed Loane and Alex Keen, 3 Jul 2020
Ed Loane and Alex Keen review two short books on evangelism.
This little book has been produced to help Christians have the confidence and tools to witness to those around them about Jesus Christ. Lennox, as a leading apologist, has written a simple and clear account of the why and how of personal evangelism. This is not a book that claims to give all the answers; rather its main aim is to encourage Christians to action. More than this, the book paints a picture of evangelism as a joy rather than a duty to be undertaken begrudgingly. The tone and anecdotal writing style add to this outcome.
Lennox begins by encouraging Christians to begin conversations with other people. This may sound simple, but I certainly found it a refreshing encouragement to take some initiative rather than just retreat into my own little world with earphones in and head in a book. Lennox illustrates with many ways he has begun conversations, for example with people he was sitting on a train with. He then demonstrates ways to turn the topic from general chit-chat to the Christian hope in a natural way which engages people and gets them thinking. Lennox discusses how to use Scripture in evangelism as well as the importance of behaviour in conveying the message. He gives simple demonstrations of ways he answers common questions like all religions being equal and he also gives a straightforward way to lead someone into taking the step of commitment to Christ.
All of this material is very helpful and is pitched at ordinary people. The book is not technical but it is winsome. The book can be read in just a couple of hours. The reader is encouraged by the way the content is not abstractly theoretical but is solidly grounded and explained by a person for whom Christian witness has been a consistent aspect of their discipleship.
Moore College, Sydney
Tony Brown’s guide to sharing the gospel with Jehovah’s Witnesses might be compact, but it certainly packs a lot in. Tony’s easy to read and easy to follow style combined with his personal experience of being a Witness provides an informed and helpful insight to the beliefs and practices of Jehovah’s witnesses, and how we can respond to them. He writes with passion and conviction as one who has been freed from the false teachings of the Watchtower Society. He also writes with precision and purpose as he tackles key topics such as the Trinity, the name of God, and the deity of Jesus, and provides a strategy for taking conversations beyond “Bible ping pong” on the doorstep to meaningful exchanges that speak to the heart of a Jehovah’s Witness.
Tony understands what it means to put the Apostle Paul’s words into practice: “I have become all things to all people” (1 Corinthians 9:22). He understands that successful gospel ministry starts with us entering the world of the person we are giving the message to. Each chapter begins by inviting us into the world of the Jehovah’s Witness - to understand the basis of their beliefs and practices and how these influence their views of mainstream Christianity. Tony then leads us through a Biblical rebuttal of these beliefs that speaks clearly but gently to the mindset of the Jehovah’s Witness, before concluding each chapter with some suggested questions we can pose to Jehovah’s Witnesses to open up constructive debate.
Tony’s book can be read in one sitting should you have half a day to spare, or it can be read in small bite-sized chunks. As each chapter is topic based it is easy to pick up where you have left off. Each chapter can be read in 10-15 minutes and is broken down into even smaller sections.
As someone who has been meeting regularly with a Jehovah’s Witness for over two years now, I recognise many truths and lessons learnt in Tony’s book. If you want to move from viewing the Jehovah’s Witnesses as an annoying dinner time interruption to seeing them as lost souls who matter to God and who need to hear the saving grace of the Gospel, then this is a book for you.
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