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Lee, Philip

Ed Silvoso (2000): Prayer Evangelism

The author would like to teach the reader one of the primary tools to change the spiritual climate over our cities: Prayer Evangelism. He has the mindset of spreading the gospel from the cities (local) first and to the nation. Also, he has described the established, recent, emerging and future paradigms of the Church and its relationship with the lost in our cities.

What is Prayer Evangelism?

Prayer Evangelism is talking to God about our neighbours before we talk to our neighbours about God. It is based on the scriptures. (Luke 10:5,8,9)

1.†† Speak peace to them.

2.†† Fellowship with them.

3.†† Take care of their needs.

4.†† Proclaim the good news.

Wong, Gloria

Ed Silvoso (2000): Prayer Evangelism

Godís desire is for us to reach the lost now.

How to reach cities for Jesus?

1.†† Through prayer evangelism, which can be summarized as speaking peace to the lost, fellowship with the lost, taking care of their needs and proclaiming the good news.

2.†† All believers should work together to pray for every household in the city.

3.†† When connecting with non-Christians, donít reverse the order of binary truths including grace and truth, power and wisdom, mercy and grace.

4.†† Adopt certain paradigms that are emerging in the church.

Or, Rebecca

Larry Crabb (2001): Shattered Dreams: Godís Unexpected Pathway to Joy

         God the father wants to bless us.

         Jesus wants to be our best friend.

         The Holy Spirit wants to help us to discover our desire for God.

The author deals with the gap between these truths and the desire of Christians to be happy and their feelings of disappointment with their life journey. Larry uses the story of Naomi in the Book of Ruth to show us.

What are the lessons in Shattered Dreams?

1.†† The journey to God will always, at some point, take us through darkness where life makes no sense. Life isnít easy; itís hard, sometimes very hard.

2.†† The felt absence of God is a gift to gratefully receive. During those seasons of darkness, He is doing His deepest work in us.

3.†† Feeling good is not the goal. An encounter with God is.

Zia, Karl

Philip Yancey (2006): Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

Prayer adjusts our perspectives with Godís: about who we are and what we should do. Furthermore, He cares about our feelings, our friendship and our alliance with Him. He somehow does things differently when we pray.

Why should we pray when God has already known everything?

         Because Jesus prays, and He even instructs us how to pray, and to pray in persistence

         Because God has set this as a tool for us to partner with Him

         Because God cares about our feelings and our relationship with Him

Lo, Oscar

Lee Strobel (1998): The Case For Christ

This book is written like an investigative report produced by a detective journalist. The author, a seasoned journalist, try to tackle the questions: ďIs there credible evidence of Jesusí existence, his resurrection, his teachings?Ē. He addresses the issue as if doing a criminal investigation. In doing so, he interviewed and cross-examined a dozen renowned experts in the fields of history, archaeology, medicine, psychology, and theology etc. All the evidence from these interviews overwhelmingly point to one conclusion. That is the Bible is telling the truth and Jesus is who He said He is.

What are the different areas of evidence a criminal detective or lawyer would use to support a case?

         Eyewitness,

         Documentary,

         Corroborating,

         Scientific,

         Rebuttal,

         Psychological,

         Medical,

         Circumstantial evidence etc.

Yau, Ashley

Arnold Yeung (2001): Be Useful

The author gives out three very simple but astonishing points:

1.†† Stay watchful for Jesus in unruffled life.

2.†† Use your talent when you see fit.

3.†† Be open-minded for new approach or new way of doing things.

How do you know you are not expired? Have you been taken before ripeness? How can you extend your expiry date?

Will discuss during the class.

Yuen, Arie

Nicky Gumbel (1999): Searching Issues

This book explores the seven most asked questions from non-believers to Christians.

Why does God allow suffering and tragedy happening in this world?

         God give humans a free will to make their own decisions and judgments, which sometimes leading to unavoidable tragedies.

         God does not stop the sufferings, so humans can see the consequences themselves and take the responsibility.

         Being in sufferings, humans can see and experience Godís amazing grace and mercy more thoroughly during the difficult time.

         Sufferings can also be used as a trial on oneís faith, and to train up the faith.

Tong, Ivy

尤金.彼得生(Peterson, Eugene H. )張秀蘭譯(1983): 與馬同跑 (Run with the Horses)

作者透過耶利米書鼓勵讀者學效耶利米,為神的榮耀而敢於冒險進取,並過一個完美卓越的人生。

耶利米如何從神得力量來應付艱難重重的環境呢?

他重視禱告及聆聽神的聲音。