Sharing the Gospel 101

January 15 2018

When you hear the phrases “doing evangelism” or “sharing the Gospel,” what is your reaction? Maybe something like, “Oh, that is too scary,” or “Only missionaries and evangelists do that,” or “That’s serious stuff.”

Well, it is serious … seriously important, but that doesn’t mean it is too difficult for the average Christian to do. We as followers of Jesus are called to share the Gospel with our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. Most of us are aware of that, but how do we do it? We want to help! Let’s get started.

1. Pray

Prayer should be the first step in all that we do as children of God. Prayer give us insight, courage, and wisdom because God already knows where we need to be, who we need to talk to, and what we need to say.

Maybe you have a friend who is far from God and you’ve mentioned Jesus before and they rebuffed your attempt to share the Gospel. Ask God for help. Ask God to guide you in what to say and when to say it. God can also open your eyes to opportunities you may not even see.

Prayer is not just a one-time thing that we do, but it should be a constant conversation between you and God. Pray before you speak with that friend or stranger, during your conversation, and after. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.” The Good News message cannot transform a soul without the work of the Holy Spirit.

Give it to God, listen for his voice, and then obey.

2. Engage

Starting the conversation can be the most difficult step, but it is also the most essential. How often do you cross paths with strangers daily and never say a word to them? At the grocery store? Drive thru? Gas station? How about in those silent elevators? Sometimes, all it takes is a friendly “hello” and someone is sharing their life story with you. Some people are just waiting for someone to actually notice them and begin a conversation.

As Christians, we are called to be a peculiar and compassionate people. The love of God should be so prominent in our lives that we stand out like a glowing star on top of a Christmas tree. It is not so much our “hello” that makes a person want to open up to the Good News message, but the joy, compassion, and confidence which our “hello” carries.

The perfect example of engaging with an individual is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus began a conversation with the unlikely woman at the well and from that she was transformed and become one of the most powerful evangelists. We are called to step outside of our comfort zone and engage people in conversation, even if it is the last person we desire to speak with.

3. Listen

Theodore Roosevelt once said “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” One of the best ways to show someone you really care is to take the time to sincerely listen to their story. Everyone has a story, and understanding what someone is going through helps you be wise about how to best present the Gospel to them.

The Bible says that Jesus was a friend of sinners. He didn’t talk over them or try and demonstrate his prowess as the savior of humanity. He listened before he spoke. He showed us what it means to truly be a friend of sinners … even unto death.

4. Share

After praying, make the person comfortable, and listen to them intently. They then will be more likely to hear the message you have to share with them. What needs did you hear when you were listening to their story? Do they need a friend? What about healing? Maybe joy? Truly understand who they are, have compassion, pray with them, and then share with them that God is everything they need. He is a friend. He is the great physician. He is joy. He is love.

Also, as his ambassador, you can be those things for the people you share with as well. You don’t have to be a trained expert in evangelism to lead someone to Christ. You just need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and passion for the lost and hurting. Evangelism is not as intimidating as it may seem, it is really just an overflow of God’s love in us.

“When a man is filled with the Word of God you cannot keep him still, if a man has got the Word, he must speak or die.” ~Dwight L. Moody

Tags: how to share the gospel, tips to share, good news,

Vision FAQs

November 13 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

ONE BILLION - ONE OPPORTUNITY VISION

FAQ 1: Does this mean OMS is aiming to see one billion people make decisions for Christ over a 10-year period?

No. While this would be wonderful, it is not the intended objective. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” If one billion people are given the opportunity to understand and respond, the number who actually decide through repentance and saving faith to become followers of Jesus will be sadly much less. Our goal is to give one billion people the opportunity to hear and understand the Good News.

FAQ 2: Is this going to change our OMS mission statement, making evangelism our primary focus instead of discipleship?

No. In the Great Commission, evangelism and discipleship are intimately linked. One does not stand on its own without the other. The intent, therefore, is to keep the OMS mission statement as is. OMS missionaries are called to be involved in both proclaiming the Good News and in making disciples. We are also called to raise up and train others to be involved, which reflects the God-given vision of our founder Charles Cowman and his strategy of equipping the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This was exemplified in OMS’ God-sized vision in the early 1900s with the Great Village Campaign in Japan. During this six-year campaign, OMS reached out to every home in Japan with the Word of God, and thousands made decisions for Christ.

FAQ 3: How will the one billion opportunities be counted?

This represents a huge challenge, especially when working with many global partners who value metrics differently. We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in our efforts to establish good metrics to track progress toward the one billion. This question must be, and will be, answered with clarity.

FAQ 4: Is this going to be a uniquely OMS effort?

No. OMS is small compared to this big vision. It will take much more in the way of human and financial resources than what OMS has. It will take God’s power at work (Zechariah 4:6). The engagement of many OMS partner churches around the globe will be needed. There will also be a need for other alliances and partnerships.

FAQ 5: When does the 10-year clock start ticking?

Much in the way of strategic preparation is already underway. OMS leaders are asking God to enable a global impact that’s completely disproportionate to who OMS is, all for his glory. The 10-year period in which we’re trusting him to fulfill this vision, and during which we’ll use helpful metrics to measure progress toward the one billion, begins July 1, 2016.

FAQ 6: What are some of the greatest threats to this vision being carried out?

Pride – This must be all about Christ, not about us.

Prayerlessness – Without it, we fail to be what he desires and to accomplish what honors him.

Poor discipleship – An intentional journey of discipleship within a Christ-centered community of faith is an absolute, biblical necessity to which OMS is deeply committed.

FAQ 7: How would OMS leaders respond to the criticism, “Given the size of OMS and its resources, and all the opposition that will come, this vision is completely unreasonable”?

In light of who God is, the promises he has made to those who love and obey him, and the mission he has given to his church, we are prepared to face criticism and opposition. Spiritual warfare will be involved as we call people from darkness to the light of Christ. We know he is, and will be, with us. The pursuit of this vision, which we believe he has given, will be a test of our joyful confidence in him.

FAQ 8: What if we fail?

We know we will unless God is intimately and powerfully involved. What’s of greater value: to pursue a vision that’s aligned with our resources and can be carried out in our finite wisdom and strength, or to pursue a God-sized vision that aligns with his heart and can only be carried out if he’s in it? Moving from pessimism to optimism, what if we succeed? Thinking about this leads to passionate expectation!

FAQ 9: Where does intercession fit into all of this?

Because of its vital importance in the work of God, prayer will be the first and primary work in the pursuit of this vision. Prayerlessness will lead to certain failure, to a carnal effort instead of a Spirit-empowered one. That’s why it’s essential that we stop, drop, and pray daily for God’s help in this.

FAQ 10: What is Stop, Drop, and Pray all about?

We’re asking each of you to take some time every day to stop what you are doing, drop into an attitude of prayer … or physically to your knees, if you choose … and pray that God will enable the opportunities to share the Gospel with one billion people in the next 10 years.

FAQ 11: How do I get information from OMS to pray specifically for this vision and the ministry of One Mission Society?

Go to www.onemissionsociety.org/1billion to sign up for a short monthly prayer update . . . with the assurance that extraneous, unsolicited emails will not be sent. Rather, the purpose of the monthly prayer emails is to fuel intercession for this effort.

FAQ 12: What can I do now to help? Pray …

That we would be enthralled with God, not with a vision.

That we would daily put to death all that is of self and the flesh so that Christ can be exalted through us, so that we’re living for him and in him.

That God would give supernatural favor as potential partners are approached about being involved in carrying out this vision.

That God would amazingly provide the needed people and finances to do this.

That this vision would be fulfilled for the honor and glory of Christ! “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

One Mission Society PO Box A Greenwood IN 46142 317.888.3333 www.onemissionsociety.org

Tags: oms vision, one opportunity, 10 years, 1 billion, share good news,

​“I can’t accept Christ today”

June 11 2015

By Kate Michel, Marketing & Communications Director, Radio 4VEH/Resounding Hope

It’s true that Haiti is a “religious” country—Catholicism and Voodoo are its official religions. Any time spent on the streets reveals shop names like The Good Shepherd for the local hardware store; art painted on the taptaps and the local buses that serve as shared taxis claim the Lord’s protection. Yet conversations again and again reveal the truth—that so many people in Haiti have never heard or understood the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus, of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

One elderly woman’s comments just broke my heart. I was with a short-term mission team from Findlay Evangelical Free Church in Findlay, Ohio. They had focused their Christmas giving on Resounding Hope solar radios, and we were in Haiti with the 4VEH team to share the Gospel and give out solar radios: so the folks at Findlay could be part of their giving in action. We worked alongside Pastor Deusma in a village of about 600 people not far from Cap-Haitien—Radio 4VEH has been working with Pastor Deusma for a few years, reinforcing the witness of the tiny church he has planted there by providing villagers with solar radios to speak hope and help every day through Radio 4VEH broadcasting and the audio Bible in the language they understand best, Haitian Creole.

We stopped in the yard of one family home to speak to an elderly lady who was shelling peas. Though others in her village have come to Christ, and the tiny church is growing and nurturing those new in the faith, this lady’s response to the Gospel message was clear. And it’s one that I’ve heard so often, as she, like so many, think that they need to fix themselves, sort out their problems, pay back a debt they owe to the witch doctor or do something to be counted “good enough” for Jesus. “I can’t accept Jesus today. I have a bad back and can’t walk to church.”

It broke my heart. If only she knew who Jesus really is.


Please pray:

  • For this lady—that she will hear and understand God’s grace, and will come to know Jesus as her Savior.
  • For Pastor Deusma and the church in this village: for their own faith and courage as they follow Jesus and for their witness for Christ to those around them.
  • For the message of the Gospel of grace as it goes out across the airwaves on Radio 4VEH. Please pray that the Good News will be shared in clear and compelling ways through music, drama, preaching, advice, prayer and conversation. Pray for those listening, that God will prepare their hearts to receive him and encourage those who know him.

Tags: haiti, voodoo, witch doctor, good news, shelling peas,

Miracles Happen

May 21 2015

When we arrived at El Progreso Prison, we were met by the warden and a member of the Honduran Judiciary. She welcomed us and was very familiar with our local volunteers, Lilian and Annabella.

Lillian and Annabella were members of our classes for T&M Levels One and Two. The inmates were gathering in the Chapel to worship with us. We met with and had an opportunity to hear from the “Hijos de Paz.” These four men were on fire for God. Along with Lilian and Annabella, the attendance at the Bible studies was approaching 85 to 90 individuals and growing each week.

The service lasted for one-and-a-half hours as they expressed their thanks to God for providing a way of learning and coming to know Him. They related this to the lessons they had been studying; with many references to the first study, the story of Noah. They drew comparisons to the world in the days of Noah and how they were products of the present evil world. They spoke of the ark as a symbol of Jesus, and that just as the ark had saved and preserved the lives of Noah and his family, Jesus through His death on the cross had paid for their sins and lifted them up and preserved their lives for eternity.

We could truly see that God is directing what is happening, and that with the obedience the volunteers demonstrate, the program will continue growing.

We also learned that great things are happening outside the prison. The program has started in several neighborhoods and people are very interested in continuing the lessons. We heard about one man identified in the neighborhood mapping of Level One as a possible problem. The man had a drinking problem and mistreated his wife and children.

One of the volunteers stopped and spoke to the man one morning as he was sitting in front of his home. They discussed the lessons from Noah and lessons from the T&M booklets “Good News” and “Family Prayers.” He began to ask serious questions and after about two weeks, he invited his wife and one of his teenage daughters to join them as they discussed the material. The family noticed a change in the man, and soon they invited another daughter, and then a neighborhood friend to join them. This group which started almost reluctantly is now beginning to actively seek the Lord and His answers to their spiritual questions.

Tags: prison, honduras, t&m, noah, obedience, good news, family prayers, train & multiply,