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Listen

08 Listen picIf we are going to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses, we need to listen so we can find out what is important to them.

Let me illustrate my point by telling you about a bad experience I had one day when I went shopping for a new car. Continue reading

What is NOT YOUR OBJECTIVE

07 NOT OBJECTIVE picIn my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways, I identify a number of “Watchtower Signature Issues.”

These are issues Jehovah’s Witnesses often bring up in order to try to convince us that the Watchtower religion is the only genuine Christian faith, plus a couple of topics that they will never bring up but that might be a fruitful area for you to discuss at an appropriate time.

It is especially important with these types of topics to pay attention to what is NOT YOUR OBJECTIVE in the discussion. Continue reading

Objectives Big and Small

06 ObjectivesIn an earlier post, I encouraged you to have clear goals in mind whenever you try to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses on any subject.

My book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways, contains 3 approach chapters with specific recommendations for discussing the Nature of God with Witnesses.

  • The objective of The Jesus Isn’t Michael Approach (Chapter 12) is to help Jehovah’s Witnesses see that, contrary to Watchtower doctrine, Jesus is not Michael the archangel.
  • The objective of The Jesus is the God-Man Approach (Chapter 13) is to help Jehovah’s Witnesses see that Jesus is fully God and fully man.
  • The objective of The Holy Spirit is God Approach (Chapter 14) is to show Jehovah’s Witnesses that the Holy Spirit is both a person and God himself, not an impersonal, “active force” that emanates from God.

You can see that these objectives vary considerably in their scope. The Jesus Isn’t Michael Approach has a narrow focus, and could be covered in one session with a Jehovah’s Witness. It also could be narrowed further into “seed planting” or “stone in the shoe” objectives I discussed in my last post. Continue reading

Planting Seeds and Stones

05 PlantingBefore you embark on an important journey, you need to be clear on your destination.

Likewise, when you set out to try to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses on various topics, it’s important to have clear goals in mind.

Let’s start with the big picture. Continue reading

Choosing the Issues to Discuss

04 Choosing picI ended the first post in this series by asking you to consider how much you care about getting through to Jehovah’s Witnesses and how much time you are willing to invest preparing. I asked you to make this a matter of prayer.

After doing an honest self-evaluation, some of you may have concluded that you only have time to prepare thoroughly on one particular issue. If so, that’s fine. I’m glad you’re willing to do that much because doing something is better than doing nothing.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses never receive a Christian witness from anyone.

There are a lot of possible topics you could choose, and the challenge you have is which issue to select.

Others of you—particularly those who have loved ones in the Watchtower—will be motivated to prepare to discuss as many topics as it takes to get through to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in your life.

Your challenge is how to “eat the elephant”—that is, where to start and where to go from there. Continue reading

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