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Evangelism Explosion (EE) is a Christian evangelistic program. It has been called "perhaps the best known and most widely used evangelistic training curriculum in church history." Evangelism Explosion was started in 1962 by D. James Kennedy, senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Evangelism Explosion became an incorporated organization in 1972. In 1997, Evangelism Explosion published the results of a study which shows that the method was viewed as "confrontational evangelism". As a result of this, Evangelism Explosion announced that it was "changing its approach to emphasize relationship-building and discipling new believers." Evangelism Explosion has now been published in a number of different forms, including Kids' EE, Seniors' EE, Deaf EE, and XEE. The latter is designed especially for members of Generations X and Y. Evangelism Explosion is best known for its two "diagnostic questions" that users can ask non-Christians as a means of determining a "person's spiritual health", and of stimulating an evangelistic conversation: 1. Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you can say you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven? 2. Suppose that you were to die today and stand before God and he were to say to you, "Why should I let you into my heaven?" what would you say? After the diagnostic questions, the evangelist is encouraged to explain the gospel in terms of grace, man, God, Christ, and faith. I took an Evangelism class @ Dallas Seminary, and we used Evangelism Explosion as our textbook, and I use it almost every time I witness, like I did last week.
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