Author(s): Randy Newman
Sharing the gospel with a family member can be an exciting experience--and often a long, painful, and confrontational one. Randy Newman recognizes it can be more difficult and frustrating to witness to a family member than to nearly anyone else. In Bringing the Gospel Home, he delivers practical, holistic strategies to help average Christians engage family members and others on topics of faith.
A messianic Jew who has led several family members to Christ, Newman urges Christians to look to the Bible before they evangelize. He writes, "a richer understanding of biblical truth, I have found, can provide a firmer foundation for bold witness and clear communication." After a brief introduction on the nature of family, he delves into discussions of grace, truth, love, humility, and time. He also addresses issues related to eternity and end-of-life conversations. Bringing the Gospel Home will help any Christian as he seeks to guide loved ones into God's family.
"Newman has challenged and charmed lay audiences as a plenary speaker at apologetics conferences sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society. His approach to evangelism is a wonderful blend of thoughtful faith and deep compassion for people. You will be inspired by his insights." -William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology; founder, Reasonable Faith, www.reasonablefaith.org "Bringing the Gospel Home keeps its promise to give hope to Christians who long to see family members come to Christ. Newman builds his approach on solid theology, offers sound advice, and highlights his insights with rich stories that connect head and heart in the art of bringing people to Jesus. The methods in this book, while focused on winning family, are easily transferable to sharing the gospel with anyone. I recommend this book to all who want to increase their skills at sharing the good news with others." -Jerry Root, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership, Wheaton College; coauthor, The Sacrament of Evangelism; Associate Director, Institute for Strategic Evangelism, Wheaton College "Newman has given us a well-written book full of wisdom on how to accomplish a very difficult task-witness to our own relatives. The pages are lucid, wise, honest, humorous, and convicting all at once. The stories of successes and failures powerfully hit home. The suggestions of leading questions and ideas for sharing the faith at the end of the chapters are outstanding. I believe God will use this wonderful book to lead many relatives to Christ." -Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary "This is one scary title. But if you think you've got a story to tell about family versus faith, listen to Randy's own, and the others he's collected here. And hear his hopeful and wise reflections. They will help you out of the sticky place you're in." -C. John Somerville, Professor Emeritus of English History, University of Florida; author, How the News Makes Us Dumb "Pastoring in a city that can be political to the point of being polemical, and diplomatic to the point of being deceitful, I tend to notice those people who embody truth-loving tact. Randy Newman is one of those people. And his skill at sharing the gospel is exemplary. Here, Newman shows us how to witness boldly and winsomely to our non-believing family members. Many would benefit by reading this book." -John Yates, Rector, The Falls Church, Falls Church, Virginia "Listening is as much of persuasion-perhaps more-as is explaining. Newman shows how, with the most difficult of audiences-our families-we can engage winsomely, respectfully, and with the grace and truth that alone can transform lives for eternity. Introducing loved ones to Jesus can be as difficult as it is imperative. Bringing the Gospel Home provides us with a user-friendly roadmap." -Robert Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President, Family Research Council
RANDY NEWMAN has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980, currently ministering in and near Washington DC. He is the author of Questioning Evangelism and Corner Conversations.