“In the past, many Americans had a cursory knowledge of the Christian faith. Those who did not attend church or adopt the religious beliefs of their Christian neighbors knew which church they were not going to and which religion they were rejecting: Christianity.
Today our country is rapidly changing. We can no longer assume that people instinctively feel the need to be in church or have a relationship with God. When we proclaim the gospel, we cannot assume that our friends have a cohesive, cultural understanding of Christianity. Christendom is disappearing.”
“Traditional evangelistic strategies are not necessarily deficient in what they say, but in what they assume. These methods assume that the lost person already has some basic Bible knowledge. But without a religious framework in which the character of God is largely understood and the nature of sin is acknowledged, such presentations make little sense. Unfortunately, we now live in a world in which few people understand these truths. Even the gospel presentation known as the Romans Road is deficient if not set within the larger context of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.”
“My suggestion? When presenting the gospel, tell the story. Follow the contours of the Bible’s storyline. Don’t be afraid to connect the dots for people.”
Also, it would be helpful to mention Justin Taylor‘s post on this book and his reference to John Starke’s tweaking of the “three-legged stool” metaphor for the gospel. And Trevin’s response to the tweaking.