The Negatives of Soundbite Witnessing

Thumbs DownAs we saw in the first two blog articles in this series, using soundbites in witnessing can be a very effective communication tool.

Unfortunately, it also has a downside. Continue reading

The Positives of Soundbite Witnessing

Thumbs UpIn the context of religious dialogue, soundbite witnessing means sharing or defending one’s faith through the use of short, memorable statements, questions, or quotations.

Let’s look at some of the positives of soundbite witnessing. Continue reading

Using Soundbites to Communicate

Reagan at Berlin WallWhat type of rhetoric do you find more persuasive—long, carefully crafted arguments or concise, easy-to-remember soundbites?

By “soundbites,” I mean brief, catchy comments or sayings that convey the essence of your message and stick in the minds of your audience. Continue reading

Showing Jehovah’s Witnesses the Real Meaning of the New Birth

Jesus and NicodemusThe Watchtower says that the new birth is a designation by Jehovah’s spirit of a person to the heavenly class. Using this definition, it claims that Jesus was born again as are each of the 144,000 who will one day go to heaven. In contrast, those in the great crowd do not need to be born again since they do not have a heavenly calling.

The best way I know to show Jehovah’s Witnesses what the new birth really is about is to focus on John 3 and ask them what Jesus expected Nicodemus to understand when he told him that he needed to be born again. Continue reading

What God Really Offers

Offering giftAs we saw earlier in this series, the Watchtower teaches that in order to obtain God’s approval, Jehovah’s Witnesses need to maintain righteous behavior in this life and eventually progress to moral perfection by the end of Christ’s millennial kingdom.

What they fail to realize is that there is no way human beings can ever by self-effort become righteous enough to meet God’s standards. If we try to establish our own righteousness—that is, if we try to generate sufficient righteousness by self-effort and dedication—we are thwarted at every turn by the dead spirits we inherited from Adam. Continue reading

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