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Mere Evangelism: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis to Help You Share Your Faith

In his latest book, Randy Newman explores insights from C.S. Lewis on how we can share our faith with those around us. Discover practical tips and grace-filled wisdom to share good news and hope that our world so desperately needs.

Evangelism is an extraordinary task; it’s what God uses to bring people from death to life. But it has always been difficult.

C.S. Lewis was used by God in the conversions of countless people, from friends and acquaintances in his own lifetime to modern-day readers of books such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity (the most influential Christian book of the 20th century). As Tim Keller comments, “C.S. Lewis was incredibly skilled at getting Christianity across in a way that’s powerful to thoughtful people." So, if we want help with evangelism, there is much we can learn from the clarity and imagination of this hugely influential Christian writer.

Evangelist Randy Newman skillfully helps us to apply the methods Lewis used (storytelling, humor, imagery and more) in our own conversations. Learn more in this discussion of Randy's new book, Mere Evangelism, and be equipped to talk about your faith and engage with unbelievers wisely, whatever their attitude towards the Christian faith.

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The Russian composer and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff, wrote masterpieces that have found their way into the standard repertoires of major orchestras for decades. Randy Newman, shares how Rachmaninoff’s music can help us experience “longing” and beauty in profound ways. And he shares details about the composer’s life that may inspire you. Click here to read full article.

Music is a great gift, with the power to take us to another world. Though music can move us so much, it makes a poor god! In this article, Dr. Newman expounds on both the common grace and the common ground that can be found through the gift of music. Click here to read full article.

Below are books on evangelism authored by Randy Newman:

Evangelist Randy Newman skillfully helps us to apply the methods Lewis used (storytelling, humor, imagery and more) in our own conversations. In Randy's new book, Mere Evangelism, he shares how to be equipped to talk about your faith and engage with unbelievers wisely, whatever their attitude towards the Christian faith. For more information on this book and to purchase, click here.

Why does sharing the good news with a stranger often feel less frightening than telling those you love most?
Randy Newman understands the complexity and consequences of this all-important task. As a messianic Jew who has led several family members to Christ, he gives insights from the Scriptures, stories of others who have learned some lessons along the way, and specific steps you can take to make progress in engaging with others. Bringing the Gospel Home will help any Christian seeking to guide loved ones into the family of God. For more information on this book and to purchase, click here.

Welcome to Turnerville - an imaginary place where people take time to think and discuss real issues that get rushed past or ignored in our world. Written by Gold Medallion nominee Randy Newman, this captivating book allows readers to learn new evangelistic skills by eavesdropping on important conversations that grapple with hot-button issues. For more information on this book and to purchase, click here.

Many Christians are fearful of engaging in conversations about their faith with Jewish people knowing that there are complex issues and suspicions that lie deep beneath the surface. And yet there are many points of contact, and much common ground. This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Jewish people we might work with, meet or know, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Written at a level that everyone can understand, this book emphasizes the importance of forming loving, honest and open relationships as part of the way we engage with our Jewish friends. For more information and to purchase this book, click here.

A revolutionary look at sharing Christ with unbelievers by using the probing, provocative, and penetrating method Jesus used to engage others in personal dialogue and caring interaction. For more information on this book click here.

In this second edition of the perennial best-seller Questioning Evangelism, Randy Newman suggests that asking questions doesn't tell unbelievers what to think but instead challenges how we think about people, their questions, and our message. For more information on this edition click here.

In this book, Randy shares surprising conversion stories straight from those who took the long way around to Christianity. He considers current cultural trends that make evangelism more difficult today. Then with his characteristic upbeat style, he offers practical ways, and even exact wording, to proclaim the gospel and includes a plan of action. For more information on this book click here.

Randy Newman

Randy Newman is the Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He has taught at several evangelical seminaries. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written six books, Questioning EvangelismCorner ConversationsBringing the Gospel HomeEngaging with Jewish People, Unlikely Converts: Improbable Stories of Faith and What They Teach Us About Evangelism and his most recent, Mere Evangelism. Randy has also written numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He earned his MDiv and PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity International University.

COPYRIGHT: This publication is published by C.S. Lewis Institute; 8001 Braddock Road, Suite 301; Springfield, VA 22151. Portions of the publication may be reproduced for noncommercial, local church or ministry use without prior permission. Electronic copies of the PDF files may be duplicated and transmitted via e-mail for personal and church use. Articles may not be modified without prior written permission of the Institute. For questions, contact the Institute: 703.914.5602 or email us.

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