We share Christ by showing Christ!
Sharing Christ is about being real and demonstrating our faith with conviction and sincerity. God's call from Scripture is clear. Evangelism is not about catchy slogans, poster boards, tables, tracts, or formulas (although these can be helpful), and it is definitely not arguments and/or confrontations. Rather, it is helping others see Him by how we treat them and live for Him. Evangelism is allowing others to picture Christ in us, not our trying to verbalize without showing Him demonstrated in us. We cannot just say a few sentences and move on. We have to nurture and demonstrate, and be considerate and loving. It is our lives telling His story that the Spirit uses to win people, not just our mouths. Our mouths are to further explain Him.
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
We have to have revitalized lives and faith. Our revitalized lives will be the quintessential Christian genre for making His precepts known to others. When we have a revitalized life, we will have the faith, confidence, and boldness to share it with love, care, kindness, and joy because we will have something of real worth to share-and that is what He has done for us!
Developing an Evangelism Program PI As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers; Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him...
Why most People Stay away from Christ
Developing an Evangelism Program PII Have you ever wondered why people do not have the willingness to come to faith in Christ? Why will they not listen to a passionate plea from a loving and caring friend or family member who wants to see them saved? Why would they choose not to see their need for such a fantastic gift from God? Why, after all your efforts and hard adoring work, it seems to have been...
How to Share your Faith!
Developing an Evangelism Program PIII A principle fact we must know before we venture out into evangelizing is this-when you ask someone, "would you like to be a Christian?" you are, in fact, saying, "would you like to be like me?" Are you a good "me"? Are you a person others should strive to be like? Be honest! No, this is not really theologically correct; the reality is we are helping people come to Christ. But, they do not know Christ yet; all they know is you and other Christians!
Are you afraid to witness? Do you cringe as you approach someone with the Gospel message? Does your stomach begin to turn in agonizing pain to the point that you rationalize that they probably have already heard it and do not need you to say anything, so you walk away in dread?
The Importance of Prayer for Evangelism! Matthew 9:35-38; John 14:12-14; Colossians 4:2-6; Luke 11:1-4 Prayer is pivotal and essential. Nothing of value can accrue in you or though you without prayer! The above Scriptures testify to us that we need to be praying for workers, for ourselves, for opportunities, and for those who do not know Him!
How to Prepare a Testimony
God calls us to proclaim what we have seen and heard! When someone asks you to make a profession of faith or give a testimony, does your blood pressure go up? Do you dread it, and begin to sweat, perhaps even panic? Can you think of all kinds of reasons why you should not profess your faith, such as you do not know enough, you are not ready, or that this is not your gift? I know I have in the past. I have a natural fear of public speaking, which you may think is weird for a pastor, but many of us do.
Evangelism Insights and Encouragements
Witnessing can be scary. We are here to help you. This article is a collection of insights I have learned and collected from over 20 years of evangelism in church and Para church ministry. I hope you can find these insights useful to encourage you to serve Him more powerfully and effectively! We all need encouragement. Billy Graham told me a few years ago that he needs it, and he said I need it, and I believe you may need it, too. So, here are some encouragements for you!
Fire and Brimstone, the Reality of Hell!
Have you ever wondered what we are being saved from? This is not a pleasant, happy subject, but, nonetheless, it is extremely important for those whose call it is to help save the lost. (By the way, all Christians have this call!) We are saved, by Christ, from God's wrath and an eternity in Hell! But, what is Hell? "Hell" is a name that evokes both fear and contempt. It evokes fear from those who consider it the most heinous place conceivable and where they do not want to go. It raises contempt from those who consider it a figment of someone's distorted imagination, while others will argue that...
Understanding the Theology of "Being Saved"
Be saved and then repent! "Repent and be saved!" This is a phrase we hear so often, but, have you considered its origins? Is this in the Bible? Surprise…NO, it is not! We may say it with genuine good intentions as both ends of this phrase are very Biblical and essential. We need to repent, and we need to be saved. But, this phrase is actually backwards! It should read, "Be saved and then repent!"
How to lead a person to Christ
Whatever approach you use, never argue or condemn the other person's beliefs. Focus on God's love for the person, Jesus' death on the cross for our sins, His resurrection, and the person's need to make a commitment to follow Christ. Invite the person to actually pray with you and commit his or her life to Christ.
20 QUESTIONS for Evangelism
Basic discussion starter questions to help you open doors in sharing your faith to others! Transitions you can use to turn a conversation to spiritual things.
Does Calvinism Hinder Missions?
The denomination that believes in predestination has a demonstrated record that it is evangelistic.
Becoming a Lighthouse of Prayer
"The most effective evangelism tool ever developed!" Billy Graham Many years ago I was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and we started this program on how to better reach our neighbors with prayer. Later on it was infolded into "Mission America," our Ministry Partner and the Association that Into Thy Word is a part of. So, it is natural we have for you a "How to Develop a Lighthouse! "
Sharing Faith is Applying What Christ Has Called Us To Do
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:28-29
Principle Scriptures on Evangelism: Isaiah 52:7; 60:21; Matthew 10: 5-15; Mark 6:2; John 3:10; 10:16; Romans 3:23; 5:5; 6:23; 10:1-21; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 1:15-22; 2:15-7; Philippians 2:12; Colossians 1:28-29; 2:14; 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-25; 2 Timothy 3:16
He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:7-8
May you have the faith and confidence to know Christ yourself, then to make Him known to others around you!