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Witnessing approaches adapted to the needs of the Japanese people

Mitsuo Fukuda : Rethinking Authentic Christianity Network「RAC Network」

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  1. The three needs of Japanese people
  2. Approaches that respond to these needs
  3. Making use of the three approaches

 

Making use of the three approaches

It is necessary to have knowledge in order to believe but even with great knowledge this doesn't mean that one can enter into a personal relationship with God. For example, even in marriage, we don't marry someone after we find out everything about him or her. Instead, after we've begun to live with them we discover more and more about that person. Preparation beforehand is important but we understand “what we couldn't have ever known about that person” after we get married.

 

We must stop trying to make ourselves pure, stop trying to protect ourselves or carve out a path for our lives in our own strength. If we decide to entrust all of that to Jesus then He becomes our point of contact. And though it is crucial for there to be guidance until a decision to follow Christ has been made it is not necessary, for example, to cram in difficult doctrine before a person can begin to pray on their own.

 

When we have contact with non-believers it is easy even for people without a gift in evangelism to discern these different types of persons if these frameworks are in their heads. By using approaches that meet people's needs, it becomes possible to show them how God relates to where they're hurting with their particular problem. If they can think that “the answer to my problem is in Christ” then, without a doubt, it will be easier for them to take a step that will tie them into a relationship with God.

 

 

Translation of “Nihonjin no neezu ni atta syougen apurohchi” in Megumi no ame (February 2005) with the permission of the author
(Translators: Gary Fujino and Mika Tsuneda)