10 Evangelism Tips for the Common Man- Part 1 of 2
With Easter right around the corner, I felt that it would be appropriate to share some tips that have helped me when it comes to the topic of evangelism. I am neither the most experienced person nor the most insightful, but what I do know and have experienced I have taken to heart. It's my hope that during these next couple weeks followers of Christ will be looking for opportunities to tell others about their faith. Hopefully this post gives you some ideas or starting points from which to do so.
1-Share your story.
Not only is this the best way to bridge the awkward gap into telling someone about Christ, but this can also be extremely powerful. Personally, I have found that people relate to this, as they can identify ways in which your story is similar to their own. When sharing your story, there are some things to keep in mind. First, don't be concerned if your story isn't as dramatic as others you have heard. Just because you do not have a shocking story does not mean that the main point of your story is not as moving or as significant. Your story is your story. You have been saved by the blood of Christ, and given a new life through Him. Second, keep in mind these three main aspects: Where you came from, how Christ changed your life, and who you are as a result. Keeping these in mind will help guide your story and allow you to transition into a more significant conversation.
2-Listen For God's Call On Your Heart.
God is actively working in your life in order to help you grow and in order that you may lead others to him. He will speak to your heart and lead you if you are listening for His guidance. When he calls you, you will know it, it's only a matter of recognizing it.
3-Don't Wait For The "Perfect Moment."
When you feel God pulling on your heart to act, do so. Do not argue with yourself, or try to rationalize why this feeling is occurring. Just do it. There has been many an occasion where I felt this and stood there asking myself if this feeling was really from God, or telling myself why following this call would be embarrassing to myself or annoying to others. I have missed opportunities to tell others about my faith because of my fear. However, each time I have followed what God is calling me to do, I have never regretted it. In fact, I have always received a sense of purpose and fulfillment that I have never been able to attain in any other aspect of my life. When God calls, do what he is asking, you will not regret it.
4-Use The Situation At Hand.
Don't think that you have to be in a foreign country or helping the poor to evangelize. God has placed you where you are in life for a reason. The people you meet, your coworkers, your family, have all been placed into your life for a very specific purpose as a part of God's plan. Whatever you do, don't think that because of who you are, that God cannot use you. God will give you the tools necessary to complete what He is asking you to do, and He will not give you anything you cannot handle. Of course, this is not to say you won't think you can't handle it. You probably will, but provided you have faith in God, in His ability, and not your own, you will succeed.
5-Don't Use Too Much Salt.
I heard this analogy from a pastor recently, He said that when you eat you might put some salt on your food, because a little salt makes you want more. But if you put too much on it, the food is too salty! It is inedible. In the same way, when you present the gospel, present it in a way that allows the listener to want more. Don't present it in a way that causes the listener to think it is inedible.
I hope that these tips have given you some ideas about how God may be seeking to use you in the coming weeks.