Four Noble Truths & Eightfold Path

 

One of our companions and advocates, Kumar Goshen, lives in India. He reached out to me two months ago requesting that I take a very complicated evangelism resource, the Lawyer’s Method, for Buddhists and simplify it for the Orality Bible project. 

Please discover the original training guide that we adapted from Jay Pratt’s website: 

http://www.justobeyjesus.com/buddhists 

Kumar is leading a large church planters’ training gathering in May somewhere in Asia. So, we spent some time in prayer, and I was able to finish writing the training guide and send the attached resource to Kumar in time for his upcoming training. Thank you Jesus for Brian Hayden’s magnificent graphic design skills!

Praise the Lord, oh my soul! 

We love developing these pioneer resources for frontline missionaries. Hallelujah! 

Thank you for all your love, prayers, encouragement, and generosity.

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Four Noble Truths & Eightfold Path

Buddhist Evangelism

Overview: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path are two common teachings among disciples of Buddhism. True Buddhism demands complete perfection in Buddha’s Law, and this resource provides a simple, reproducible way to discuss the teachings of Buddha and bridge into the teachings of Jesus Christ through spiritual discussions.

Instructions: We love our Buddhist friends. We want to truly know them, be faithful friends, and follow the Holy Spirit in guiding our friends to the truth. Practice drawing these sketches and read through the Bible stories and Scriptures. Pray for your Buddhist friends and discuss the teachings of Buddha and Jesus over a delicious mug of coffee/tea.

Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths

Blind people & tears – The first noble truth is that life is an endless cycle of suffering. Discuss the Job’s Suffering story in Job 1-2. Focus on Job’s prayer in Job 1:20-22.

Burning fire – The second noble truth is that the source of all suffering is a craving for sin; a burning fire inside of everyone. Discuss the King David’s Affair story in 2 Samuel 11-12. Focus on David’s burning anger in 2 Samuel 12:5-14.

Hidden city – The third noble truth is that all people must strive daily for Nirvana: the Perfect Place of no more sin or burning. Discuss the Vision of Heaven story in Revelation 21-22. Focus on the Holy City in Revelation 21:1-7.

Life path/journey – The fourth noble truth is that the spiritual key to unlocking Nirvana is following the Eightfold Path. Discuss the Lost Son story in Luke 15. Focus on the father’s forgiveness in Luke 15:21-24.

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Buddhism’s Eightfold Path

Overview: Buddha teaches the path to Nirvana is striving for perfection in eight ways: understanding, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, awareness, & meditation. 

River – Understanding is the ability to comprehend truth, to grasp the meaning of something. Discuss the Healing River story in Ezekiel 47 and Jesus’ teaching in John 16:13.

Sunrise – Thought is the processing of ideas and opinions inside the mind. Discuss the Born Again story in John 3 and Jesus’ teaching in John 8:12.

Cloud & rain – Speech is spoken sounds that express thoughts and feelings. Discuss the Dangerous Tongue story in James 3 and Jesus’ teaching in Psalms 72:5-7.

Family – Action is the process of producing a physical effort from an aim or goal of the mind. Discuss Jairus’ Daughter story in Luke 8 and Jesus’ teaching in Joshua 24:15.

House – Livelihood is the cultivation of resources that support daily living. Discuss the Wise Builder story in Matthew 7 and Jesus’ teaching in 1 Peter 2:4-5.

Fishing pole – Effort is the determined attempt to achieve a goal through perseverance. Discuss the Fish Feast Miracle story in John 6 and Jesus’ teaching in Mark 1:16-18.

Rainbow – Awareness is the knowledge or clear perception of a situation, experience, or truth. Discuss the Rich Ruler story in Matthew 19 and Jesus’ teaching in Genesis 9:13-16.

Fruit tree – Meditation is the focused practice of patient reflection upon life and truth. Discuss the Vineyard Keeper story in John 15 and Jesus’ teaching in Luke 9:23-25.

#maranatha

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