Conversational Relational Evangelism (CRE)-Summary from Training Workshop on 20 July 2019 (15 Dec 2019)

(1) CRE is a very comprehensive and systematic process of drawing non-believers (NB) to Christ.  It is ideally suited for use in an environment wherein there is ongoing contact with the same NB.  For example, in workplaces, social clubs, cultural organizations, and educational institutions.

(2) Following is an outline of CRE

(a) Key Perspective About Evangelism Spiritual maturity is the foundation upon which evangelistic passion is built.  This is more important than the methods used in presenting the Gospel (4 Spiritual Laws, Evangelism Explosion, Romans Road.etc.)

(b) 4 R’s in Spiritual Maturity. From Being to Doing.  (1) ROOTED in Christ. (John 15:5).  Take the initiative to serve Christ and NB.  Live with God-centered values. Evangelism is spiritual work.  One must remain spirit-filled to be effective.

(2) RESTED in Christ (Matt 11:28 – 30).  Evangelism is yoking with Christ. Preparing the ground for sowing needs much effort.  Our mindset must be that we are working in partnership with Christ. He will lighten our load.  We are rested on his power.

(3) READY (1 Pet 3:15).  Soldiers of Christ must be trained and equipped with knowledge of the Bible and other subjects relevant to evangelism.  Be ready to defend our faith and share the Gospel.

(4) REACHING (Matt 5:13 – 16).  In evangelism perspective, we are to be like Salt, a preservative for stopping moral decay and like Light for revealing the saving grace of God through the Gospel.

(c) 4 Kinds of Conversation

These are skills which we need to learn in order to evangelize effectively.

(1) HEARING.  A musician needs to listen attentively to detect wrong notes being played.  Similarily an evangelist needs to listen carefully to an NB in order to provide relevant answers.  This is akin to a doctor having to diagnose a patient’s medical condition carefully before he can prescribe an appropriate treatment.

(2) ILLUMINATE.  Like an artist painting a picture, we need to clarify distorted views on religious beliefs.

(3)  UNCOVERING.  An archaeologist uncovers hidden relics.  We need to probe and try to discover the NB’s actual barriers against accepting Christianity, search for cracks in NB’s beliefs and surface uncertainties.

We can use a 3 Ds technique:-

(a) Doubt is being cast on NB’s belief,

(b) Defensiveness on the part of the NB to the extent of shutting us off from further sharing should be avoided.

(c) Desire on the part of the NB to know more about Christianity is our aim.

(4) BUILDING.  We need to build a bridge to the Gospel systematically.

 

Brother Richard Chng