Tactics - What's It All About?
Updated: Feb 8
Our current culture is becoming increasingly opposed to Christian beliefs and values, and many Christians do not feel equipped to share their faith with unbelievers. Author Greg Koukl, founder and president of a ministry called Stand to Reason has recently published a 10th anniversary version of his book Tactics – A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. This book shows Christians how to initiate conversations effortlessly, handle objections from challengers, and present the truth of Christianity in a way that is gracious and engaging.
The best way to benefit from what Mr. Koukl has written is to purchase and read the book in its entirety. You can find it at places like Amazon.com or Stand to Reason’s website, www.str.org. However, in this blog post I want to whet your appetite by offering what I would call an “appetizer” on the tactical approach. My hope is that you will desire the full meal and purchase the more than 250-page book that I know will help you in your efforts as a Christian ambassador seeking to make a difference for Jesus.
Before we dive in, we must pause for a commercial announcement. (This is the closest thing to an ad that you will ever see on BringingTRUTH.com. Websites that are littered with links of various advertisements and promotions drive me insane! Therefore, I made a determination to not have those clutter up the content on my site. I thank the Lord for his provision that allows me to do that.)
Here’s my commercial: I want to personally invite you to a special one-day conference coming to Living Water Community Church in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, April 4th! Greg Koukl will visit us all the way from California to share in-person (and in much greater depth) what you are about to read here. Here’s the details and how you can register:
Here’s the link to register: https://www.livingwatercc.com/tactics
That concludes our commercial break, now back to our regularly scheduled blog post…
In an attempt to accurately represent the contents of the Tactics book, much of what is written here is taken from the Quick Reference Guide produced by Stand to Reason and available anywhere apps can be found. I highly recommend the app! It contains articles, audio and video – all of which are completely free!
WHAT IS TACTICS ALL ABOUT?
The goal of the tactical approach is to stay in the driver’s seat of any conversation without being pushy, uptight, or unpleasant, but also without having to be especially clever or knowledgeable.
You can do that by learning a handful of simple techniques to help you deal with objections, manage aggressive challengers, and even turn the tables by exploiting the bad thinking found in many of the objections against Christianity.
The theme verse is Colossians 4:5-6: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.”
Simply put, Paul says we are to be wise, gracious, and tactical when talking with others about the things we believe.
Pick up a copy of Greg Koukl’s book, Tactics, and you'll learn these techniques in order to be a more faithful, and effective ambassador for Christ.
Tactics has personally revolutionized the way I engage with others, and it can do the same for you too! You can have the confidence you desire for any encounter, and not only that, your conversations can look more like diplomacy rather than D-day.
To be continued...
Lord willing, starting next Saturday, February 15, I will begin sharing more on the tactical approach from Greg's book...so stay tuned!
In the meantime, I hope you will purchase the book and consider coming out to hear Greg teach in-person at Living Water Community Church on April 4th.
Here’s that link one more time to purchase and reserve your spot! www.livingwatercc.com/tactics
Grace and peace to you, and as Greg says, "Go out there and give 'em heaven!"