Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Acts 17:30-31 (NLT)
30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
Max Lucado says, “The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed, and ridiculed. Scholars have mocked it as foolish. Kings have branded it as illegal. A thousand times over, the grave has been dug and the dirge has begun, but somehow the Bible never stays in the grave. Not only has it survived, it has thrived. It’s the single most popular book in all of history. It has been the best-selling book in the world for years.” However, we live in a society that has lost it’s respect for the Bible and no longer believes in its authority. So what do you do when you are talking to some one about the Lord and they don’t believe in the Bible? That’s simple, you use things that they do believe in to get your point across. That’s what the Apostle Paul did in Athens. Other times he used Scripture when he was talking to Jews who accepted Scripture as the word of God, but in Athens he was talking to Gentiles who had no regard for the Hebrew Scriptures. So what Paul did was he quoted some of their own writers, poets and philosophers to tell them about Jesus. This will require some work on your part, and you will have to do some research to find out what they believe and why that belief is contrary to what the Bible teaches. We will have to be well versed in what people believe and be able to refute that belief as a believer in Christ. One book I highly recommend is a book called The Universe Next Door by James Sire. It goes through some of the major belief systems of the world from a Christian perspective. Remember “Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Cor. 15:58).