It’s Christmas. You’re seated at the table ready to enjoy that meal together as a family. But there’s an empty place.
No, not because someone died but because you have a relative who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. And they don’t celebrate Christmas. Maybe they joined the religion recently and this new decision of theirs is confusing to you. Or maybe it’s been this way for so long it’s no longer worth bringing up. It could be an entire side of the family that has never joined hands with you at a holiday meal. Or maybe you’re the one who broke away from the Watchtower and it’s your first Christmas wishing there was a way to convince your family to also leave the organization and celebrate this day with you. In any case, you know there’s a division in the family and it’s most palpable this time of year.
Whether you’re coming to this for the first time or it’s been a frustration all of your life, are you looking for a change?
“The key to effective communication with Jehovah’s Witnesses
is getting them out of their prepared presentations
by approaching Bible discussion in ways they won’t expect.” — David A. Englund
No one is better prepared than Jehovah’s Witnesses. Unlike most church services in which members passively sit listening to a pastor present a message, Jehovah’s Witnesses are assigned active roles in their Kingdom Halls preparing presentations each week well aware that the person on the other side of the door just might raise a potential conversation stopper. If it’s a predictable one, they’ve already practiced it at the Kingdom Hall or can look it up in their REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES publication from the Watchtower Society.
“Lets face it. Standard gospel presentations don’t work with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
They have been trained to ignore them.” — David A.Englund
Have you fallen into the same old traps not realizing how prepared the Witnesses are to override your gospel presentation? David Englund was there in 1972 dumbfounded as to how to witness to the Jehovah’s Witnesses at his door. In fact, he studied with them for six months and ended up struggling with what to believe! He learned a lot along the way and now wants to encourage and equip you to effectively share the gospel with this mission field at your front door. GETTING THROUGH TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES stands out among other books in presenting several unexpected approaches.
Do you want to share the gospel with Jehovah’s Witnesses but don’t know what to say? Why not get a copy of David Englund’s book as a gift to yourself or someone else this Christmas with the prayer that next Christmas the empty place at your table will have a former member of the Watchtower Society sitting among you grateful that you took the time to respectfully challenge their beliefs.
Check out Davids website, blog, and link to order his book here: http://daenglund.com/about-us/
And pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate and watch the presentation David and his wife Karen enacted using one of the unexpected approaches based on agreeing with the Witnesses that “Faith without works is dead.”
Keep yourself in God’s love,