Faith That Engages the Culture
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.
What People are Saying
I wish I had read this book 30 years ago! The first half, especially, is a tremendous encouragement and motivation to get out of any social isolation bubble one might be in, as a Christian, and to look intentionally for opportunities to let the light of Christ shine through you to others. The second half is a very helpful handbook for sharing the love of Christ in specific situations, be that to a family member, friend, parishioner, or stranger. I heartily recommend what Pastor Espinosa has to say in this book about Faith That Engages the Culture
-Rev Peter Lange, First Vice-President, LCMS
Faith that Engages the Culture comes in an age of cultural contradictions. Pastor Espinosa first lays out a thesis for the reader using the very foundations of the Christian faith; Scripture, the Confessions, and theological writings. After clearly defining these building blocks, he masterfully crafts them together through helpful and practical scenarios of God’s people who have encountered specific issues both in the world and their Christian faith. These guides are not only useful in bringing those around you the saving Gospel, but are also wise words in which each individual reader can find faith-strengthening truth.
-Crysten Sanchez, Events Executive, Higher Things Inc.
About the Author
Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine (BA) and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana (MDiv). He received an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University (2001) and a PhD in theology from the University of Birmingham (England) in 2009. He is the senior pastor at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irvine, California, where he preaches and teaches the Word of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. His most cherished service is being husband to his wife Traci, a father, and a grandfather.