Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Equipping Christians with the Principles and Skills to Tell the Unbelievable News about Jesus to Friends in a Skeptical World

Curated by Sam Chan


In this course, Sam Chan will provide insight on how to winsomely engage skeptics with the gospel. This series of talks is designed to help both church leaders and members and connects with Chan’s course textbook, below. Learners should watch each video and read the accompanying section of the book.

In the following video, Sam provides three tips for interacting with those who don’t know Jesus. Watch this short video and then read the forward and chapter 1 of Evangelism in a Skeptical World.

Review Questions
What are Sam's three tips for evangelistic conversations?
  1. Really listen.
  2. Share your faith in a way that points to Jesus.
  3. Introduce your non-Christian friends to your Christian friends.
What are three ways people tend to listen?
  1. Listen to rebut.
  2. Listen while waiting your turn to speak.
  3. Listen in order to hear, understand, and feel.

Everyday Evangelism

If we’re honest with ourselves, the good news about Jesus is quite unbelievable to our 21st century friends. We’re talking about the Son of God, born of a virgin, rising from the dead! This session covers how you can help make the unbelievable news of Jesus more believable to your skeptical friends. Watch either video of the following videos and read chapter 2 of Evangelism in a Skeptical World.

Connecting the Church with the Skeptical World

How can I make my church evangelistic? These videos give some simple how’s and why’s for making your church evangelistic––especially tips for the Sunday service. Watch the two videos below and read chapters 3–6 of Evangelism in a Skeptical World.

Story-Telling the Gospel

The power of story is seen across the pages of Scripture, but why do Christians rarely use the power of story when sharing their faith with those who are far from Jesus? Watch the following video and read chapter 7 of Evangelism in a Skeptical World.

How to Give Topical Evangelistic Talks

Imagine you were invited to give a topical talk about Christianity to a non-Christian audience. How would you begin? And what does it look like? In this video, Sam Chan gives a sample evangelistic topical talk––followed by some fascinating Q and A from leading church pastors. Read chapter 8 of Evangelism in a Skeptical World before watching this first video. After you finish the first video, proceed on to the second video in this section.

The more you talk about your faith to those who don’t share it, you’ll need to explore how to communicate abstract ideas. We need to begin with concrete ideas, establishing a common ground. From there, we need to move through a logical order of resonating with their beliefs, then dissonating their beliefs, before finally completing their beliefs with Jesus. To learn more about these concepts, watch the final video in this section.

How to Give Expository Evangelistic Talks

Why did I lose my audience? Why did they drift off? After one of Sam’s sample topical talks, one of the church pastors in the audience feels that Sam lost him because there was no relief. Sam pleads guilty but then explains why form and content of the sermon is important in holding our audiences. Read chapter 9 of Evangelism in a Skeptical World before watching this first video. When you finish, continue on to the second video.

Maybe we know how to write an essay. But how do I deliver a talk? The two are not the same forms. In essays we use paragraphs. But in talks we don’t use paragraphs. Instead we use “modules of communication.” In this video, Sam Chan explains what these modules are and how we can use them to give clear and gripping talks on the Bible.

Evangelism and Defeater Beliefs

How can I find common ground? How do I even know what our friends are thinking? What are their defeater beliefs? Sam Chan explains how we do this by reading the same authors that our friends are reading in the following video. Read chapter 10 and the conclusion of Evangelism in a Skeptical World before you begin.