1. What version of the Bible do you use?
2. Do you believe in Worm Theology?
3. What do you do for discipleship? (This question is most often asked by people who could give a flip about evangelism and lost people).
4. Are you “into the gifts?”
5. Are you reformed? (They don’t even know what that means!)
6. Are you a topical or expository preacher?
7. Are you guys pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, or non-dispensational?
8. Is your church Continuationist or Cessationist?
9. Are you missional or attractional?
10. What is your view on Soteriology and do you speak the Five Solas?
This is exactly why I love targeting unchurched (or de-churched) people for evangelism and discipleship; they don’t carry this kind of baggage. Rather, they are more receptive to the BIBLE itself; they just want to learn the Bible and more about God.
I know what all of these questions mean. But I will not spend my time trying to teach new converts what they mean. I mean, why bother? Doing so does not make them a better Christian or disciple of Christ; it just makes them better trained in certain man-made systems.
The words contained in those kinds of questions are not part of common language, and are not Biblical language either. In fact, most of them are not even in the Bible! They are simply code words - used as an insiders language - that lets others know you are in their paticular camp.
At PCC we teach the BIBLE because that's the only camp we want to be in. In our discipleship classes we teach our people to memorize scripture – not Latin. The only code words we use are Bible words.
We don’t use big words either. We let the Bible speak for itself. That’s what makes good disciples. After all, does a soccer mom really need to know what Anthropopathism is so she can be a better worshipper? Does she need to memorize the Five Solas to be a better Christian? See what I mean.
When someone calls us on the phone, or comes to PCC, and begins by asking me those kinds of questions, I know that our church is not going to be a good fit for them.