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Evangelism is simply sharing your faith in
Christ with others. It focusses on telling those around us about God’s
love for them, about His plan for their salvation and that Jesus came to
die on the cross for our sin. It also explains that we can find
forgiveness for our sin, peace with God and new life as we commit our
lives to Christ.
Below are some tips that will help us all be
more effective in our evangelism efforts and helping others to follow
Christ on a daily basis.
think about it, most of us who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour can
probably look back and think of someone who prayed for us to be saved.
It might be an elderly grandmother or another family member, even a
friend or a work mate.
When I am praying for someone I ask the
Holy Spirit to move in their lives and to draw them to Jesus Christ and
make them aware of the need for a Saviour. I have found that prayer also
helps you to know who to share your faith with. When I meet new people I
always pray and ask God if this is someone I should share my faith with.
If it is someone I need to talk to, I usually find I have the desire to
pray for them and opportunities to talk open up in a natural way.
2. Build Natural Relationships
The greatest evangelistic tool is love. Jesus loved people and
wanted to get to know them. Nothing brings people into God's kingdom more
effectively than building natural relationships.
How do you do this? Be interested in people and find out what they enjoy
doing and do it with them. Ask about their family, goals, or dreams. This
brings you to a new level in your relationship when you talk about things
that are important to each other. If you know someone from work, you can
only know them to a certain point, but when you have them over for a meal
or do something socially things go just that bit deeper. For me, if
someone likes golf I will put myself out to have a game!
Building natural realtionships allows us to get to know people and then
enables us to speak into their lives. You will soon realise that
when they have a problem in their lives you are the one they come to. Then
you will have a chance to minister to them.
3. Prepare a Testimony
A testimony can bring the Bible to life. I have found that people
love hearing stories of how God has done great things for you. When I
share about my testimony I touch on three main areas. These three things
really help me to structure my story and how Jesus’ story impacted and
changed my life.
My life before Christ – I share things like how I
felt, my illness, what sort of things I was in to, my upbringing and the
sense of emptiness I had inside. These things set the scene.
My conversion – I then share how I came to Jesus. I talk about how I was
feeling in the year before coming to Jesus, the people who helped me and
the story of Jesus coming to die on the cross for me.
How my life
has changed – In this final section I share how knowing Jesus personally
has changed my whole life and outlook. I talk about the love, acceptance,
hope, joy and purpose I now feel inside.
You can also share things some of the things that God has done for
you. I actually have several short testimonies that I share with people
depending on the situation. If it is someone who is suffering with a
long term illness, I might share my story of living with Rheumatoid
Arthritis and how God has worked in my life through it. If they are
lonely or depressed I share the difference Christ has made in my life
and how that I never feel alone any more. If they can't see anything
good in the future or have lost hope, I share how Christ has given me
hope, direction and a purpose for living.
relevant Bible verses
Work out a simple presentation by
putting a few verses together and memorise them. You might like to write
them in the back of your Bible so you can refer to them easily. If you
can't remember them all, remember the first one and put references to
the next one in your margin of your Bible.
“Romans road” is a
great place to start -
The Natural State Of Man - Romans 3:10
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”
- Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
The Cause - Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered
into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned”
The Penalty - Romans 6:23 “For the wages
of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord”
The Love of God - Romans 5:8 “But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us”
The Remedy - Romans 10:9-11 “That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever
believeth on him shall not be ashamed”
The Decision - Romans
10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
5. Think about questions people may ask
people have big questions that act as sticking points, which prevent
them from going further in accepting Christ. Some can be like a minor
bump in the road, others can be like a roadblock! If you can answer
these questions they might be able to move a step closer to receiving
Here are some that I have been asked -
there so much suffering in this world if there is a loving God?
could a loving God send people to hell if they don't believe in Him?
Why do you believe Jesus Christ the only way to salvation?
happens to those who don’t accept Jesus?
Why do you believe?
does it means to be born again?
What happens when we die?
It is a great idea to have answers ready, especially Biblical answers!
If you can’t answer a question be honest and let the person know. Tell
them you will look it up or talk to a friend who can help and you will get
back to them.
6. Have some evangelistic tools handy
There are a variety of evangelistic tools that you can use to reach
people. Sometimes people seem to want to talk about things at the
strangest times. Having something on hand can help in those situations.
Here are a few examples -
Tracts – You can keep one handy in your
purse or wallet just in case an opportunity arises. They are very handy if
you don’t have much time or perhaps are a bit nervous about sharing your
faith. You can even put a library pocket in the back of all your books.
Instead of a library card, put a tract in it!
MP3s and CDs – A
simple gospel message recorded may be all it takes to reach someone.
Perhaps you could record your testimony or what you believe and give it to
people who ask questions.
Books – Look out for books on different
issues especially ones where you friends or family may be interested in or
if they are going through hard times.
Websites – Look out for
websites that may help you to reach your friends. Many websites have a
“refer to a friend” page that sends an email message on your behalf
bringing the site to their attention. You can also share things on
Facebook for a wider audience.
Video tapes and DVDs – The “Jesus”
video is a great way to reach people. In just over an hour you see the
whole life of Christ and at the end if gives the opportunity to receive
Christ as Lord and Saviour. You could buy one for yourself and one to give
7. Learn the sinner’s prayer
The sinner’s prayer is a simple prayer that you can go through with
someone to make their connection with Jesus Christ. It gives the person
the opportunity to confess their sin to God and invite Jesus Christ into
their lives as Lord and Saviour. There are two examples below that you can
use or memorise.
From Billy Graham
Dear Lord Jesus, I know
that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for
my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come
into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and
Savior. In Your Name. Amen
From Campus Crusade for Christ
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I
open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You
for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the
throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen
I pray that You will use me to
reach others for Christ. Please help me to be effective in sharing my
faith. Please help me to know whom to talk to and I pray that You will
give me the right words to say when the time comes. I pray for all my
family, friends and neighbours. I pray that the Holy Spirit will draw them
to Jesus and make them aware of their need for salvation. Please use me to
lead them to Christ. I also pray Lord that when people come to You that
You will help me to teach them about You and how to follow You each day. I
pray that I will help make disciples.
I ask this in Jesus', Amen.
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSION Australia
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