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 it? We want to help! Let’s get started.

1. Pray

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.

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

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​3 Reasons Why You Need to Share the Gospel

January 9 2018

Sharing the Gospel can be challenging and can bring on all kinds of uncomfortable feelings, especially at first. You might feel:

Fear.

Anxiety.

Awkwardness.

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:

  1. You live in a hurting, broken world .

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 through sex?

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.

2. 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.

Throughout 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. Share it.

3. God has called ALL of us to share the Good News.

It 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.

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