The 30-Day Experiment
Have you ever been reluctant to witness to someone because you were afraid he would argue with you and you wouldn't know how to answer?
If so, I have good news for you -- you don't have to be frightened by the intellectual-sounding arguments of atheists and agnostics. I want to share with you an effective response to many of the arguments you might hear in a witnessing situation. One day a young man said to me, "I'm an atheist. I don't believe there is a God."
I asked him, "Greg, are you an honest person?"
"Of course I am," he replied.
I said, "Greg, a scientist goes into the laboratory to do research to perform an experiment without preconceived ideas. He goes with an open mind and considers all truth objectively. Would you be willing to perform an experiment for thirty days, as a matter of intellectual integrity?"
I described to him what I call the 30-Day experiment. "Read the Bible
every day, starting with the Gospel of John," I emphasized. "Just one hour a day, for thirty days. And every day, begin your reading with a prayer
: "God, if you exist, and if Jesus Christ is your revelation to man and He truly died for my sins, I want to know you personally. Come into my life and be my Savior and Lord."
Greg agreed to the experiment, and since he had no classes that day, I encouraged him to spend the whole day reading the Gospel of John.
That evening, I was speaking to a group of several hundred students. As I looked out over the crowd, I saw Greg beaming at me with a big smile that could have lighted the whole auditorium. When I finished, he darted through the crowd to meet me. "I did it," he grinned. "I did what you told me. I read the first, second, third, fourth chapters, then more of John."
I'll never forget his next statement: "I was in the eighth chapter when Jesus stepped out of the pages of the Bible and into my heart."
Greg's story is only one of hundreds I could share with you about the effectiveness of "the 30-Day experiment." Try it.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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