How to tell people about Jesus (3): …a few resources for answering the tough questions

In my last post I mentioned some books which I find helpful in addressing some of the common questions people ask. Here are a few titles to consider (feel free to recommend some others you have read in the comment section)

I may not need to say it, but there are no perfect books out there. You may not agree with everything an author says. That’s OK. People don’t agree with everything you say, either, and we need to relax about that. As always, test all things, and hang on to the good.

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The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
Strobel recounts his own faith journey, and in so doing answers questions about the reliability of the New Testament, the historicity of the resurrection, and the person of Christ. Strobel’s background in law and journalism make this both a great resource and a well reasoned approach. It’s easy to read, and well priced to give away. Strobel writes as an ex-atheist, so you can be sure he knows where people are coming from.

The Case for Faith – Lee Strobel
In this book, Strobel builds on the foundation laid in his first work. He addresses some of the common the objections people may raise about believing in Jesus: the presence of evil and suffering; what about those who have never heard the good news? Or how do we explain the goodness of God in the face of the Bible’s teaching about Hell? Strobel opens up the issues of violence in church history. His section on the rarity and role of doubt in a believer’s life is especially helpful.

The Case for a Creator – Lee Strobel
Strobel addresses the perceived tension between science and faith, showing how many well respected scientists now see evidence of design in the universe and life systems. There is also a great DVD series which would be a great resource to work through in a small group setting.

Searching Issues – Nicky Gumbel
Nicky Gumbel is well known for the Alpha course. This book addresses the seven most common questions raised in Alpha course settings: suffering, other religions, sex before marriage, the New Age, homosexuality, science and Christianity, and the Trinity. There is also a helpful study guide for group work.

Simply Christian – NT Wright
A more inductive approach geared towards the thinking agnostic or atheist, while still very readable and accessible. Wright wants to get people thinking about what they see in their world and in the people who live in it. Staring with people’s longings, he looks at how the Bible presents God and the importance of Jesus, and finishes with what it means to be called followers of Jesus and to seek a world that God delights in. Reading this book brings memories of C S Lewis’ ‘Mere Christianity’. It’s a brilliant read!

Books like these can really help others to work through questions that trouble them. They will also help the reader become more effective as they share the message about Jesus.

Remember:

it is God who changes the heart, and not the power of an argument

. So read the best resources, and pray for God to use you

Q: Which book and resources have you found most helpful for sharing the good news? Leave a comment…

Grace and peace: Dave

4 thoughts on “How to tell people about Jesus (3): …a few resources for answering the tough questions

  1. Hi Dave,

    Yesterday, a few hours after a lunch time browse of your blog, I met an unbelieving past member on the way home and we had a good long chat.

    This mid 30’s mother remains in touch, but at a distance, through our local church news letters. She shared how she was pleased that my wife, Ingrid, is once again in remission from cancer and asked why God punishes believers. That was a great opportunity to show how different the paradigms of a believer and non-believer are and just how much confidence a believer can have in the face of even the “worst” of circumstances knowing that all is in God’s hands.

    When she said no one followed her up when she left (and they did) I revealed that by “chance” (my paradigm says this was grace) she had been “assigned” to us as a couple to pray for about 10 or so years ago when she strayed.

    We talked much more about these and other things and the end of the discussion she still called herself a fence sitter but I am heartened to be a small part of bringing forward the day when she can confess “in fact, all things must work together for my salvation”

    I write to say thanks for sending your posts. In some way they empowered / encouraged me to not just engage in a “hi, how are you going” superficial discussion but to be more open with what drives me and how my Lord is working in all our lives.

    Blessing Mate, and to God be all glory!
    Pieter

  2. A book Iam finding helpful- although not one to be read in one sitting is John Stott’s “Issues Facing Chrisitans Today”.
    Updated 4th edition.

    Challenging, and well worth the time to devour….slowly.-AK

    • Thanks Audrey. Stott’s book is definitely worth the time and effort. I love his grasp of bigger issues, and his capacity to just wade in to the issues. I guess one gift of older age, so I’m told, is that you don’t have to worry too much about offending people. I see Stott graciously and humbly opening up the minds of his readers, and in a way that equips them to think things through and discuss them wih others. Happy reading!
      Dave

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