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Witnessing Without Fear offers a specific, simple, hands-on, step-by-step approach to witnessing from one of the most respected leaders in evangelism training. Dr. Bright tells dozens of true-life stories of his own experiences and also gives readers a proven witnessing method and the encouragement they need to follow through. Includes specific answers to the questions people encounter most often. NewLife Publications.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 1992
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0840744013 ISBN13 9780840744012
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More About Bill Bright
William R. "Bill" Bright (October 19, 1921 – July 19, 2003) was an American evangelist. The founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, he wrote The Four Spiritual Laws in 1952 and produced the Jesus Film in 1979.
Bright held five honorary doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Laws from the Jeonbuk National University of Korea, a Doctor of Divinity from John Brown University, a Doctor of Letters from Houghton Seminary, a Doctor of Divinity from the Los Angeles Bible College and Seminary, and a Doctor of Laws from Pepperdine University.
In 1983, he chaired the National Committee for the National Year of the Bible. He was named the 1996 recipient of the $1.1 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He donated the prize money to causes promoting the spiritual benefits of fasting and prayer.
He wrote more than 100 books and booklets, and thousands of articles and pamphlets that have been distributed in most major languages by the millions. He was a signer of the document Evangelicals and Catholics Together.
Bright was a co-founder of the Alliance Defense Fund which funds high profile litigation cases on behalf of Christians' First Amendment rights. He was also a co-signatory of the Land letter of 2002 which outlined a just war rationale for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, providing a theological underpinning for the invasion being planned by President George W. Bush.
He produced the Jesus Film in 1979, which was released by Warner Bros. in the United States. It was not a financial success, losing approximately $2 million. While praising its "meticulous attention to authenticity", critics panned Jesus for being "painfully monotonous". The Los Angeles Times called it a "...dull Sunday-School treatment of the life of Christ
Pastor Rick Warren • Author of "The Purpose Driven Life", stated, "The 'JESUS' film is the most effective evangelistic tool ever invented." Every eight seconds, somewhere in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ…after watching the "JESUS" film. Every eight seconds... that's 10,800 people per day, 324,000 per month and more than 3.8 million per year! That’s like the population of the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA coming to Christ every 28 ¼ days. And yet, if you are like many people, you may have never even heard of it.
Bright was survived by his wife Vonette, sons Zachary and Brad, and four grandchildren.
The Rev. Billy Graham released a statement on Bright's death: "He has carried a burden on his heart as few men that I've ever known - a burden for the evangelization of the world. He is a man whose sincerity and integrity and devotion to our Lord have been an inspiration and a blessing to me ever since the early days of my ministry."
Bill Bright currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. Bill Bright was born in 1917.
Reviews - What do customers think about Witnessing Without Fear?
Very Helpful Book Sep 11, 2004
I find the practical suggestions in Witnessing Without Fear to be very helpful. Let me comment on Mr. Edgar's one star rating. I read the book he sugggested by Ray Comfort. Rev. Comfort believes that much more emphasis should be placed on repentance during witnessing. I agree with that. Rev Comfort suggests using the 10 Commandments to get the unsaved to understand sin and see that they are sinners. I agree that is a good approach. But that said, I don't think the failure of Bill Bright to discuss those approaches makes Witnessing Without Fear a weak book.
Also, Mr Edgar said that Bill Bright had written that his method had been wrong. Actually Mr. Bright said and I quote part of the Revival Golden Key page 83 statement, "I confess I have failed to declare the reality of hell as often as the love of God and the benefits of a personal relationship with Christ. But Jesus spent more of his time warning listeners of the impending judgement of hell than speaking of the joys of heaven.....However, as a result of a steady decline in morals and spiritual vitality in today's culture and a growing indifference to the afterlife, I have come to realize the need for greater discussion of hell......"
Mr. Edgar and Rev. Comfort also criticize the Four Spiritual laws tract Bill Bright wrote, especially the first spiritual law, "God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life." They do not like the word "wonderful". They think it causes a lot of disillusionment by new Christians who expect every aspect of their lives to be wonderful after they pray to receive Christ. The Bright book encourages a substantial amount of follow-up with the new believer, and part of that follow-up should be to help one understand that 'wonderful' relates more to your relationship with Christ than to meeting your monthly bills and having a good old time.
The Rev Comfort book is also worth reading. His ideas are helpful.
Witnessing Without Fear has praise in the foreword by such leaders as Billy Graham and Dr. James Kennedy, the originator of Evangelism Explosion. Graham wrote "This is a book I wish Bill Bright had written years ago, for if every church and every Christian individual were to put these proven methods to work on a daily basis,it could change the entire approach to world evangelism."
A great man with one grave mistake Feb 2, 2004
While it may be true that some have been saved by this method of evangelism, and have continued to be saved throughout their lives, the end result is usually not that happy. Statistics show that there is an 80-90% fall away rate from decisions in our churches, and nearly a 100% fall away rate from Crusades. Bill Bright himself, in one of his later interviews, admits that he was wrong for using and promoting this method because of the tragic results it produces (Revivals Golden Key, p.83). Rather than producing real conversions, the "love, joy, peace" gospel seems to only produce stoney-ground hearers and bitter backsliders who are innoculated to the gospel message. Martin Luther called the ones in his day who used the same love-joy-peace gospel message that the majority of modern evangelists use a "sect" that was "stirred up by Satan"
I would not recommend these tracts or this method, but rather the method that Jesus, Paul, all of the great preachers in history (including C.H. Spurgeon, Wesley, Finney, Edwards, etc) have used and promoted vigorously. It is the use of the law to bring men to Christ. For a good book on this, i recommend reading "Hells Best Kept Secret" by Ray Comfort, or "Revivals Golden Key" by ray comfort.
One of the best written Jan 14, 2003
What I was looking for was a book I could use to teach a class on relationship evangelism. Furthermore, my ideal is a book that addresses post-modern people (especially Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers) with their common aversion to embracing any exclusive or absolute truth.
In my view, such a book needs to combine both scriptural foundations and practical models. If the book hits this target, the reader will gain a few memorable approaches and build lifelong habits.
This book, unlike most on the subject, includes: 1. Discussion or review questions at the end of each chapter 2. Application exercise(s) at the end of each chapter
So, in my view, this book is one of the best at providing clear, easy to adopt "how to" ways to build effective relationship evangelism habits. It could stand some updating about addressing post-moderns, but that does not hinder its effectiveness at helping you right now.
A promising new book that I may use is Evangelism Outside The Box (Rick Richardson, 2000).
Older books that have worked well for me in teaching others are: (roughly in order of preference): Power Evangelism (John Wimber, 1992), Witnessing Without Fear (Bill Bright, 1987), Out of the Salt Shaker (Rebecca Pippert).
This is the one of the best Christian books I've ever read. Jul 14, 1999
This book will make you have to go out and witness. Not only will you want to but you'll know how and have a knowledge of how to present the Gospel, how to get across to anyone, and how to answer questions and deal with arguements. It will change your life if you want to whole-heartedly serve God I can promise you that. Buy it right away.
Every Christian should own this book! Jun 15, 1999
Practical, easy to read, and most of all...motivating. If you are looking for a simple yet effective witnessing tool, this is it.