The Coogi Christmas Outreach to Mormons

Dr. James White, of Alpha and Omega Ministries, and Pastor Jeff Durbin, of Apologia Church, sat down to interact with an article written by a Mormon apologist. This gentleman wrote in response to a popular video which includes Jeff and is used to reach Latter-day Saints with the Gospel.

Conversation with a Mormon Missionary

My friend, Pastor Jeff Durbin engaged in a loving and graceful conversation with two Mormon gentleman outside of the Mormon temple in Mesa, Arizona, during the most recent Christmas Lights event. One of the men was a returned missionary from a mission in Singapore.

Reaching out to Mormons

This is the actual footage of my friend Jeff Durbin in a witnessing encounter outside of the Mormon Temple in Mesa, ailment Arizona (March 17, 2016). I love the spirit in which the discussion takes place – gentle, courteous and respectful. If you watch one encounter between a Christian and a Mormon, please allow me to recommend this one.

Verses Relevant to Sharing the Gospel With Mormons

mormon1Here’s a chart showing the differences between Mormonism and Christianity: http://www.mormoninfo.org/

From the archives at aomin.org and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV). The ability to utilize the Word of God accurately and correctly in the witnessing situation is a great asset. When dealing with people who already have a faith structure, it is vital.

This booklet outlines 100 verses of Scripture that have proven effective in the witnessing situation with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or, the Mormons. This listing of verses is the result of many hundreds of hours of one-on-one and sometimes one-on-twenty witnessing, ranging from people’s homes to street corners, Mormon pageants, and even the Temple in Salt Lake City during General Conference. They have been tested under fire, and, when properly used, have proven their worth.

Of course, any verse without a context is a pretext, and you will want to be thoroughly familiar with the context of each of these passages. Still, the ability to quote a verse from memory and skillfully utilize that text in debate is needful to the person who wishes to be truly equipped and prepared. Most conversations between a Christian and a Mormon will be moving far too fast for looking up verses in the concordance of a Bible, and I have found that being able to quote a verse quickly and accurately gives the Christian the advantage of keeping control of the conversation, an occurrence all too rare in most cases.

This booklet alone cannot provide you with all the information you need to be properly prepared to enter the battlefield. Study of Mormon doctrine is important, and even more important is the study of the basic Christian doctrines. Hopefully memorizing 100 verses will set you on a life-long course of Scripture memorization that will help you grow in the knowledge of God’s Word and in your relationship with Him. I openly acknowledge the great influence of one of the best missionaries to the Mormons, Wally Tope. Though not specifically involved in the production of this work, his book On the Frontlines Witnessing to Mormons provided me with my “basic training” years ago, and that influence can be seen in the Scripture selections found herein.

How Do I Memorize that Many Verses???

Different people memorize in different ways. Don’t believe the old excuse that you simply cannot memorize verses – I feel anyone is able to accomplish that task. When you think about it, you memorize a great deal of information every day. How many phone numbers do you know? How many addresses? Most of us, if we sat down and took the time to do it, could create a long list of names and phone numbers and combinations and codes and so on and so on. Hence, you are able to memorize Scripture is you really want to. That is the key – you must desire it with all your heart, and be willing to make the commitment that it takes to get the job done. Continue reading