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"A PAPER ON BASIC CHRISTIAN BELIEFS (Thai)"
A Composite of Basically-Accepted Christian Doctrine
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SPOTLIGHT ON ISAN COLOR BROCHURE
Ron & Cheryl Myers: Printable Prayer Reminder Card - Ricefield Scene
Ron & Cheryl Myers: Printable Prayer Reminder Card - Fisherman Scene
Ron & Cheryl Myers: Printable Prayer Reminder Card - Countryside Collage
Ron & Cheryl Myers: Printable Prayer Reminder Card - Mekong River Scene
Ron Myers: A Special Thank You - Mekong River Scene
Ron & Cheryl Myers - Greetings From Thailand
Ron & Cheryl Myers: Thai Restaurant (Mother's Day '08)
Ron's Interview with WMHR Christian Radio, Syracuse, NY
A Synopsis of Ron & Cheryl Myers' Ministry and Future Goals:
Ron Myers' Curriculum Vitae (CV, Resume)
MY CREATION-EVANGELISM "ICEBREAKER" PRESENTATION
Preface: After years of thought-provoking research, along with various trial and error attempts, I finally arrived at a method of introducing the Gospel that successfully skirts or bypasses the Thai Buddhist incorrect theory of who Jesus is. This unique presentation method piques genuine interest without them falling into the pitfalls of their wrongful presumptions, i.e., works-based religion.
Continual application of this presentation in one-on-one verbal dialogues helped me to fine-tune its various aspects... a Gospel presentation that begins by filling in the facts about something they all adore, i.e., "Nature," yet whom are all ignorant of nature's God, who is actually their own Creator and Savior. Once the fact of nature's Creator is established in their minds, it's only a short hop between that and a successful introduction of the Gospel message—thereby contributing to their understanding and acceptance of the truth.
Foreword: Therefore, Origins Do Matter in a Proper Understanding of the Gospel Message!! Consequently, this little pamphlet contains a clear and powerful Gospel message; yet it starts with simple, but thought-provoking facts and examples of intelligent design, culminating in the question: "Is There An Intelligent Designer?" And, if the evidence presented shows convincingly that there is, one must ask: "What is He like?" ... "Where is He now?" ..."Can we know Him?", etc., culminating in the story of Creation to Redemption, an introduction of the real Jesus—as opposed to Buddhist thought—finalizing in two short decision-oriented paragraphs for or against receiving Christ, and the results of each.
Introduction: This may well be the "Icebreaker" approach you have been looking for, to help you successfully reach the Thai mind and heart with the truth of the Gospel message. It bypasses the typical stonewalls and interrelated difficulties encountered while using regular shortened witnessing methods. As good as they work for some, they fall short when one seeks to evangelize Thai Buddhists. And, instead of protective shields going up, it kindles genuine interest amongst otherwise unresponsive, disinterested Thai Buddhists for whom Christ died and rose again to save.
Why does it work? Simply put, this approach does an end-run around the pitfalls and misconceptions that typical witnessing shortcuts engender when faced with the Thai Buddhist mindset. Bear in mind that this does not replace the time-honored truths of the traditional "Romans Road" approach. No, it actually enhances its effectiveness by providing the missing links of the Creation story, the lack of which prevents true enlightenment, understanding, and personal conviction before a righteous and holy Creator-God. It begins with a simple, non-confrontational dialog that draws out genuine interest by discussing something every Thai loves: "Nature." It then traces threads of Intelligent Design, clearly seen woven throughout every aspect of Nature, which points to the existence of an Intelligent Designer. It concludes by transitioning into a clearcut Gospel presentation, asking for a decision.
Word of caution: Relax! Don't get impatient! You must allow the Holy Spirit time to apply these truths! Also, understand that the hearer is not likely to accept Christ at the initial juncture (although that is great, and has occurred). Yet, when used correctly, the hearer begins to honestly "consider" or "ponder" the existence of an Intelligent Designer... their own Creator God. This is the very reason I developed this approach, i.e., to get them to actually hearken and think, instead of habitually falling back on their presumptuous misconceptions! This text is now available in Thai, in small booklet form - see cover sample below.
Conclusion: "No emphasis is more embedded and interwoven within the entire Bible message than the truth of divine creation... " Roy O. Beaman, Th.D (Professor, Scholar, Lecturer, Pastor, Speaker, Author, Poet)
Dr. Henry M. Morris (scientist, professor, author, apologist, father of the modern Creationist movement, and Founder of the Institute for Creation Research), affirms that, "Before one can really know Jesus Christ as Savior or Lord, one must acknowledge Him as...Creator, because He was our Creator first of all. This is such an important doctrine of the New Testament that it is remarkable how rarely it is emphasized in modern evangelicalism." SEE Dr. Morris' Article: Jesus Christ, Our Creator
I also agree with John Cross of GoodSeed.com, who teaches that: Without an accurate understanding of both the identity and achievements of the Lord Jesus Christ (God the Son), who He is and what He has done is totally irrelevant to the uninformed casual hearer. Thus, the power of the Gospel to save is stripped of its intended impact and meaning for that person.
The bottom line is: if the hearer does not have the foundational background to comprehend the meaning of the Gospel message, he who proclaims it is like an unintelligible foreigner (1 Corinthians 14:11). In other words, without some degree of understanding of the following, the power of the Gospel to save that person is stripped of its intended impact: 1) the significance of Jesus' true identity; as 2) Preexistent God, Almighty Creator, and Lord over all; including 3) the historical implications of His Person and Work; as 4) "the Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sins of the whole World;" and 5) His ability to save to the uttermost all who respond in repentant faith (including the hearer).
This booklet represents the culmination of a one-on-one icebreaker evangelism dialogue that I formulated over many years of trial-and-error development, addressing these very things. It bypasses typical wrongful assumptions and pitfalls on the part of the hearer. These are things that we missionaries keep running headlong into in our best attempts to share the Good News using traditional methods. Unfortunately, with all due respect, many missionaries (including yours truly at one time) are essentially still stuck in the same habitual routine, i.e., relying solely on the "Romans Road" or "Four Spiritual Laws" approach. This approach is good, but it MUST be prefaced by the essential missing link of the Creation story and all that it entails (set forth in the previous paragraphs).
The Following Pre-evangelism Gospel Presentation Solves The Problems Described Here:
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