Once upon a time, I saw evangelism as something done by only a certain class of Christians, I thought they were special people called only to evangelize. I know quite a number of people still think that way today, but the bible makes us see differently.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV
God reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Every believer has been called to preach this gospel so people would be reconciled to God.
Here are some things to note for effective evangelism:
1. It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a history.
Don’t let your past hinder you from sharing the gospel. God calls you a new man in Christ regardless of who you were before and what you’ve done.
Some people may think that because they don’t have a deep, dark past, they don’t have a story to share, but it doesn’t matter. Your personal testimony could be very helpful when shared, but the gospel is what saves, and we already have that message.
Remember that we are all bound to die because when Adam sinned, sin entered into the world; It is a natural problem we had, before an action problem. In other words, we all had a dark past before salvation, and everyone would need to trust in Jesus for them to be saved.Don’t let your past hinder you from sharing the gospel. God calls you a new man in Christ regardless of who you were before and what you've done. Click To Tweet
2. Learn to engage in conversations.
There are interesting ways to start conversations that would help your evangelism. Think about conversation starters like ‘what do you think happens when people die’, or ‘If you could swallow a pill that would ensure you never die or age again, would you want to ?.
Practice how to approach people and engage them in conversations.
We have a goal, and we should think big and have different strategies that can be used in turning hearts to the gospel.
3. Prepare for questions.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
Prepare yourself to be able to give an answer for the questions people may have about your faith when you talk to them, you would need it. Grow in your convictions not just for other people’s sake, but for yourself too.
You can learn from other people and helpful resources.
If this gospel will prevail, it will take your commitment to preaching, resources, strategy, and it will take prayer.
Evangelism is a spiritual exercise, the lives of people depend on this truth, take it seriously. Pray for the hearts of men.If this gospel will prevail, it will take your commitment to preaching, resources, strategy, and it will take prayer. Click To Tweet
5. Take advantage of your media platforms.
Social media is a great tool these days. Talking about Jesus through the media is one of the easiest ways to flood the world with the truth about God’s word. The good news is there are different options available, take advantage of all that you can, to propagate this message.
6. Do not be dismayed.
You will meet different kinds of people with various beliefs, questions, and responses, but do not be shaken. Some people will outrightly insult or bash you, or react in ways that would make you feel bad, but prepare your heart for any kind of response and guard your heart against ungodly thoughts.
You can also talk to people about it if you need to. This is where a solid Christian community of people will help: You have the same goals, and can spur and encourage each other.
Finally, I’d like to emphasize two things:
- The first is that you should give yourself time to grow, you can get better at evangelism.
- The second thing is the gospel message is clear, and even though there are strategies and avenues to preaching, the message is the same. You know the message that got you saved, preach it.
Which of these points did you find helpful? Remember to share and leave a comment.