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 it? We want to
help! Let’s get started.
Prayer should 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
January 9 2018
Sharing the Gospel can be challenging and can
bring on all kinds of uncomfortable feelings, especially at first. You might
Maybe even nausea.
Statistics would show that more than 60
percent of all church going Christians never share their faith. Here are 3 good
reasons to be part of the 40 percent that do share their faith regularly:
- You live in a hurting,
Go to any news site or just talk to a few
friends, and you will quickly discover that darkness is real in the world
today. Right now, worldwide, 350 million people are suffering from depression. Cancer
will claim over 8 million lives this year alone. Since you started reading this
blog someone somewhere has decided that their life is hopeless and has committed
suicide. Think about people you know for a minute. Do you know anyone who has
had cancer or is depressed? Can you think of someone who struggles with
addiction or maybe struggles with loneliness or self-worth and copes with that
People are hurting, sick, and lost. After the
fall of man, sin became this cancer on humanity. It is constantly eating away
at everything that is good in order to keep us hurting in the dark. Sin is the
disease, and Jesus is the only cure. If you know Jesus, you have a light that
can dispel any darkness. You have medicine that can heal any sickness. You have
a love that can comfort even the loneliest soul. This is the Good News that the
world needs hear.
You have a unique story.
In Luke 8, Jesus heals a man who had a demon
tormenting him. In verse 39, Jesus said, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for
you.” Jesus knew that he could reach the lost in his homeland with his story.
the Bible, we see the power in sharing testimonies. For example, Paul, who came
to know Jesus in a drastic way, shared his testimony everywhere he went and
with everyone he met, including King Agrippa whose father
beheaded the apostle James and arrested Peter in an attempt to kill him. This
is what he says after hearing Paul’s testimony, “You
almost persuade me to become a Christian.” The beloved, John, writes in Revelation 12:11 that we
overcome the accuser by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. You
have your own story of how you were transformed by the Gospel, and God will put
people in your path that need to hear it. There is power in your testimony.
God has called ALL of us to share the Good News.
is easy to decide that sharing the Gospel is for pastors or TV evangelists, but
the truth is that God calls every believer in Matthew 28:19 when Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” In Acts 1:8
Jesus said “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” He didn’t say “some of you” for a
reason. Sure, we all have different gifts and strengths that God will use for
different purposes in his kingdom, but all of us, including you and me, are
called to be witnesses of what he has done.
Sharing the Gospel can be intimidating, but once you
overcome the initial fear and anxiety, it is incredibly rewarding. Do you
remember what it felt like to be lost in darkness? Think back to what life was
like without Jesus, without hope. Now remember what you felt when you said
"yes" to the person of Jesus Christ. Remember the joy? Let that
memory be a force that drives you to allow God to use you to rescue others.
“If sinners will be damned,
at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let
them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell
must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and
let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Charles Spurgeon
If you are now asking
yourself how to share the Gospel, click here for tips.
To join the movement, go to Billion.Global Vision.
One Mission Society is the founding partner of the Billion.Global Vision, which aims to give a billion people an opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ . We pray that God will take our efforts and multiply them so that over a 10-year period (July 2016 - July 2026), at least one billion people will have the opportunity to respond to the Gospel.