I heard Dr. Alfonso Espinosa interviewed on Issues Etc as part of a series on his new book, Faith the Engages the Culture. This is the second book in what is to be a trilogy on the topic of Christian witnessing in the world.
I have not read this book but have his first book, Faith that Sees through the Culture. Concordia Publishing House (CPH) offers a free video course on this first book which establishes the perspective on how Christians need to look at the world they are in. This book establishes the foundation for stepping off into the second book.
In the second book, using the image of a triangle, Espinosa invites us to engage the cultural opportunities around us with perspective, people and place in mind. Here is what CPH offers as an intro:
God places people in your life that need His saving word. These people can be anyone from your closest relatives to the barista at your favorite café. God wants all of his creation to know Him, so shouldn’t you be prepared to witness to all people, at all times, no matter the circumstances?
Faith That Engages the Culture is the perfect guidebook to learning what it takes to witness effectively in today’s world. Using the points of an engagement triangle, you will easily and quickly learn how to witness to others efficiently. With the three touch points of person, place, and perspective, your efforts of sharing the Gospel will go further as you’re able to adapt to the culture.
This book also includes helpful ways to engage with the culture on common topics such as science, politics, depression, sexuality, personhood, and more. You can see where others have struggled to get God’s Word around these societally difficult parts of the culture, and how you can break past the barrier and connect with people on a personal level.
This handbook is made for every Christian, no matter if you’ve had experience witnessing or are brand new to the idea. Every chapter is grounded in Lutheranism and God’s Word, pulling from Scripture, the Small Catechism, and the Lutheran Confessions.
Both of these books, as well as the third Dr. Espinosa, is planning, can equip the Body of Christ in both the Great Commission and Christ’s call to be witness locally, globally, and wherever we find ourselves.
At this point I hear those famous words from Isaiah 6:8…
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”