Many are familiar with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron thanks in large part to their television show, The Way of the Master. You can find out when and where the show is aired here. Many are also familiar with Ray Comfort’s books as well. Today’s review is not going to be over a book per se. Rather, we are going to look into the Basic Training Course offered by Living Waters Ministries.
For $99, you will receive
- 8 lessons on 4 DVDs
- 4-CD Kit containing the audio portion of the teaching
- 1 – 120-page Study Guide
- 1 – Quick Reference Card to help you remember what to say (you can order more of these to give away to students)
- 300 – “Icebreakers” (tracts) to get you started in witnessing conversations (3 sets of 100)
- Advertising materials for your church
- Printable Certificate of Achievement for those who complete the Basic Training Course
The DVD lessons are to be used for the 8-week course and are based on the television show in addition to teaching points and commentary by both Comfort and Cameron. The Audio CDs are perfect for a refresher course or for the one who wants to attend your church’s course but is unable. To my knowledge these are not to be duplicated without written consent but can be purchased separately.
The Study Guide doubles as the leaders guide as well as the student’s guide. Each lesson offers a step by step guide to the nightly lesson. Throughout each evening you will share your experiences and have a “point to ponder” where you will be challenged to think critically. Next, you will watch the video in segments mixed in with some application of the principles being taught. The work is not finished when you leave the church, however.
When you get home, you will have some preparation work that will lead into the real world application. The week’s lesson will conclude with a deeper study where the student will engage Scripture on matters of evangelism and the like. Furthermore, the student will be challenged to live out what is being taught…especially as the teachings grow into
convictions and then into a lifestyle.
Perhaps the funnest part of the course is the use of the different tracts. Included in the Basic Training kit are the IQ Test, the Million Dollar Bill and the red and blue optical illusion tracts. You can purchase the various tracts for a very inexpensive price though they do vary. Check out their expansive selection here.
How do you review an evangelism training course? By the Bible, of course! I have gone through a couple evangelism courses since becoming a Christian and most, if not all of them, left me feeling like an Am-way Sales man with a Gospel tract. It is my estimation that The Way of the Master Basic Training Course (I took this 6 years ago) made evangelism more of a life style than a program. The beauty of this particular course is that while you do have a “script” so to speak, you are not tied to it. You will learn basic Biblical principles and general questioning that will lead you directly into a solid gospel presentation.
Furthermore, the gospel tracts are such that you can freely give them away and people will take them because of their novelty. Personally, I tend to leave the Ticket to Heaven at the gas pump whenever I get gas. I also like to leave the million and billion dollar bills whenever I leave a decent tip at the restaurant. Also, you will find that these gospel tracts are biblical in their approach of sharing the gospel in a short and succinct manner. Basically, you have transgressed the Law of the Holy God who is your Judge and the only way to be saved from His judgement is to repent and ask for forgiveness and put your trust in Christ alone. You share the gospel (the means by which the elect are saved) and the Holy Spirit convicts of sin. Christ then draws to Himself those who repent.
If you are looking for a training course for you home or small group, your Sunday School class or your church, you would do well to consider The Way of the Master Basic Training Course. This is not your run of the mill evangelism program training course. Rather, taking this course and applying the principles learned will make evangelism a life style. Furthermore, evangelism is no longer a salesman approach. For those who are homschooling, this would also make for an excellent course for your older students–it could, I think, slot into a social studies course or something as well. I cannot think of another short evangelism training course that I would want to lead others through. I highly recommend using The Way of the Master Basic Training Course.