RTS MS 508 - Syllabus (12 pages)

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Reformed Theological Seminary
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Ms 508 - Evangelism
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MS 508 EVANGELISM SYLLABUS REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY CHARLOTTE SPRING 2008 Rod Culbertson Jr Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology RCULBERTSON RTS EDU SYLLABUS FOR MS508 EVANGELISM REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY CHARLOTTE SPRING 2008 ROD CULBERTSON JR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will train students to be thoughtful and passionate evangelists and to understand and use biblical principles and methods of church outreach Emphasis is placed on having a deep desire to reach the lost for Christ Personal relational and corporate organic evangelism and motivating the laity for ministry will be considered COURSE OBJECTIVES COGNITIVE KNOW UNDERSTAND 1 The student will be able to present a full explanation of the gospel message including an introduction an organized outline of gospel content attendant biblical references and illustrations a conclusion and a follow up strategy 2 The student will be exposed to various models of church evangelism 3 The student will be learn how to present his personal testimony and to help others do the same 4 The student will learn how to build bridges to non Christians as a means to proclaiming the gospel 5 The student will learn how to handle objections and the people who make them 6 The student will learn the importance of prayer in any evangelistic endeavor 7 The student will be able to diagnose some of the cultural barriers that make the gospel presentation difficult today and give answers as to how to overcome these barriers AFFECTIVE FEEL MOTIVATION 1 The student will gain a greater motivation and compassion for reaching the lost 2 The student will gain a deeper desire to maintain a God centered view and practice of evangelism 3 The student will gain a deeper conviction that the local church body is God s primary means of evangelism 4 The student will grow in personal confidence and courage for sharing the gospel 5 The student will become more sensitive to the needs of the surrounding culture and the people in his her world 6 The student will be compelled to care and pray for the lost the endangered and the unchurched VOLITIONAL DO COMPETENCIES 1 The student will conduct an interview with either his her pastor and reflect upon how he or she will do evangelism in his her church or ministry 2 The student will be able to write out or verbalize a gospel presentation that will enable him or her to effectively present the gospel The student will also be able to train others in how to present the gospel 3 The student will conduct an interview with an unbeliever in order to understand the worldviews and the thinking of the lost and un churched 4 The student will make an effort to be involved in some facet of evangelism during the semester 5 The student will be enabled to be a more effective personal evangelist while also able to develop a plan for corporate evangelism through the local church REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS 987 pages 2 1 Packer J I Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God 1961 InterVarsity Press 126 pp A solid defense on why Christians who believe in God s sovereignty ought to have greater motives to evangelize than whose who do not hold to Reformed doctrine 2 Metzger Will Tell The Truth 1981 InterVarsity Press 259 pp A focus on gospel content with an emphasis on God centered evangelism and communication of the whole gospel i e God s holiness and sovereignty as well as His love 3 Miller C John A Faith Worth Sharing 1999 P R Publishing 133 pp An account of one man s personal growth in evangelism as he reflects upon encounters of various types throughout his life An inspiration for the aspiring evangelist On Reserve required reading Kennedy D James Evangelism Explosion 1970 Tyndale Fourth Edition An introduction to a method of programmatic church follow up evangelism which is probably the most effective approach of its type Read Chapters 3 of Evangelism Explosion Sharing Good News 12 Handling Objections and 13 Adding Illustrations Total pages 69 pp OTHER READING Choose from any of the books listed below and read at least 400 total pages Multiple texts may be read On April 10 3 weeks after the mid semester Reading Week you will be asked to turn in your list of the book s and pages that you have read NOTE If you have already read all or some of the above books then compensate for the page requirements with the list below or with other books approved by the professor 1 Aldrich Joe Lifestyle Evangelism 1981 Multnomah Press 205 pp The classic text on the importance and methodology of relational evangelism 2 Barrs Jerram The Heart of Evangelism 1999 Presbyterian and Reformed 220 pp A philosophy of relational evangelism from a Reformed perspective 3 Beeke Joel R Puritan Evangelism A Biblical Approach 1999 Reformation Heritage Books 52 pp A brief look at the methods message and principles of Puritan evangelism 4 Bonar Horatius Words to Winners of Souls 1979 Baker 76 pp A classic work soul searching in nature and lending itself to passion for and courage in reaching others with the gospel 3 5 Greenway Roger S The Pastor Evangelist 1987 P R Publishing 200 pp A variety of perspectives regarding pastoral leadership in evangelism with a focus on doing evangelism through the local church Written by various authors and pastors in the Reformed tradition 6 Hybels Bill and Mittelberg Mark Becoming a Contagious Christian 1994 Zondervan 205 pp Written from a non Reformed perspective this book nevertheless is helpful in thinking through relational evangelism and includes lots of ideas 7 Larsen David L The Evangelism Mandate 1992 Crossway Books 174 pp Although he takes a middle of the road perspective theologically Larsen wrestles with some great issues regarding evangelistic preaching and also provides some insight into the history of evangelism 8 Miller John C Outgrowing the Ingrown Church 1986 Zondervan 176 pp A well beloved book which provides helpful thoughts and motivation for moving a church out of an ingrown mentality 9 Peterson Robert A Hell on Trial 1995 P R Publishing 242 pp A thorough treatment of the subject of hell discussing and defending the reality of eternal punishment 10 Phillips Tom and Norsworthy Bob The World at Your Door International Students Incorporated 220 pp This book provides helpful practical advice for initiating and building relationships with international students and also about sharing your faith with these willing and eager audiences 11 Spurgeon Charles Haddon The Soul Winner 1963 Eerdmans 319 pp


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