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    Can we use this tool for evangelism?

    Hi,


    So it seems that this would be the appropriate category to post about things that are related to evangelism, but in case I'm in the wrong category, I hope the admins will redirect me accordingly. Thanks!

    Anyway, I came across this article about Play The Bible Ultimate Verses which talks about a mobile app game that is developed by a Christian mobile app developer called, RD Games. It's supposed to be a gaming app which is inspired heavily by the Bible, thus its name and they've even wrote in their website that it could be used for "soft" evangelism or something like non-intrusive evangelism. I tried the game on my Android tablet and I don't see any harm or non-Christian about it, because the word puzzle games makes you solve Bible verses and they also talk about in-game cinematics or Jesus films that you would be introduced to, so it's clear that the developers wanted to present it to the general non-believing audience with the aim to bring them to Christ.

    Now my question is, are we overstepping with what the Scriptures are saying? Is this mobile app okay? I just want to be clear that I am not against this app or other faith-based apps out there, I just want your opinion on the matter. I hope we could have a healthy discussion about this and I hope that I will be enlightened in the matter.

    I appreciate all your opinions in advance. Thank you, brothers and sisters in the Lord!

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    Re: Can we use this tool for evangelism?

    I'll be honest, I didn't install the app. I've got enough on my phone without testing out things just because of an "Is this OK" question. My concern would be that trying to get people into the kingdom by a succession of small nudges can often come across as a bait-and-switch tactic that can be offputting. Jesus didn't kinda sorta nudge people, he just said "follow me". These days if we can get people to at least think about questions like "is there more to life than this?" and "why am I here?" and "what happens after I die?" we can begin to address the answers to the questions. But if all we do is get someone really good at answering questions on Bible trivia have we actually achieved anything? The devil knows the Scriptures as well as we do.

    Something used as part of church outreach might be interesting if there are people within the church to follow up on questions and to welcome people who decide to come to church afterwards and the like. If it's just something thrown out there it would seem more like the big rallies where thousands of people attend, some go forward at the altar call and are told they are now Christians, then they are just left to work it all out for themselves because the high profile speaker is headed the next big rally in the next city. No doubt he'll chalk up the 500 people who came forward as success stories even if only 5 of them walked the walk a month later.

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    Re: Can we use this tool for evangelism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonajero View Post
    I'll be honest, I didn't install the app. I've got enough on my phone without testing out things just because of an "Is this OK" question. My concern would be that trying to get people into the kingdom by a succession of small nudges can often come across as a bait-and-switch tactic that can be offputting. Jesus didn't kinda sorta nudge people, he just said "follow me". These days if we can get people to at least think about questions like "is there more to life than this?" and "why am I here?" and "what happens after I die?" we can begin to address the answers to the questions. But if all we do is get someone really good at answering questions on Bible trivia have we actually achieved anything? The devil knows the Scriptures as well as we do.

    Something used as part of church outreach might be interesting if there are people within the church to follow up on questions and to welcome people who decide to come to church afterwards and the like. If it's just something thrown out there it would seem more like the big rallies where thousands of people attend, some go forward at the altar call and are told they are now Christians, then they are just left to work it all out for themselves because the high profile speaker is headed the next big rally in the next city. No doubt he'll chalk up the 500 people who came forward as success stories even if only 5 of them walked the walk a month later.
    Thank you for your insightful opinion, Sanajero. I have talked with our pastor at the church where I was attending and he said that it's ok to use this app as long as we do follow up and nurturing to those who have been evangelized. Otherwise, we can forget it. I'm going to introduce it to our Sunday School and work out a plan with our pastors and volunteers to evangelize to the youth using this app. Please pray for the task that we plan to do. Thank you!

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