As Easter weekend is almost upon us, I felt 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.
6-Lead By Example.
In any capacity of life, how you act will determine how others value your words. If you say one thing and do another, they will not value what you have to say, however, if you lead by example, they will hold your words in high esteem. Practice what you preach. Be genuine, honest, and open around those with which you want to share the gospel.
Do not discount this aspect of Evangelism. This is the glue that holds your message together, and without it, you would have nothing to say. Love others as God loves us. Sometimes people just need to be loved. Allow God to convict them of their wrongdoing, and show them what a life lived with God's love looks like.
8-Know The "Romans Road."
The "Romans Road" is just a collection of verses designed to help guide your conversation and present the basic truths of the bible. These can be a valuable tool in any spiritual conversation, and can also be used to lead someone to repentance. It's a good idea to write the verses down, or memorize them. The verses and their topics are as follows:
Romans 3:10- None of us is righteous, or right with God.
Romans 5:12- All of are born guilty of sin.
Romans 5:8- While we were sinners, Christ died for us. God loves us.
Romans 10:13- Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.
Romans 10:9-10- If you confess and believe that "Jesus is Lord" you will be saved.
John 14:6- Jesus is the only way.
9-Each Person Is Different.
Each person you Evangelize to is going to come from a background. They will have a different perspective on life and faith. A good example of this is my father. When he was 20, someone presented the gospel to him. The man who told him about Christ didn't skirt around the issues, he said it like it was, and didn't back down. He presented the facts in an honest and hard-hitting way. Now, for some people this would do more harm than good, but for my father, it was just what he needed. He accepted Christ as Lord that night. Each person is different, and if you are attentive to how God is leading you, He will help you to understand the best way to present your faith in any given situation.
10-Don't Be Discouraged.
This is probably one of the most important aspects of Evangelism. Just because someone does not accept Christ when you share your faith with them does not mean you have failed in any way. Not only have you stepped out in faith, and followed God's calling, you have also introduced them to the topic. On average, it takes 7 deep conversations about Christ before someone will come to faith. Maybe yours was the fifth, maybe the first, either way, there is one thing to always keep in mind in evangelism and every aspect of Christian faith. That is God is working where you cannot. No matter how the gospel is presented, no matter how many times someone hears about Christ or how they react to you sharing the gospel, God is actively pursuing those He has called. He is working in their hearts and in their lives in order that they might know His unfathomable love.
I hope that you have found this post and the previous one useful, and I hope that God is already helping you to understand how you may better serve Him in the coming weeks.