So, buy now you should have a pretty good grasp as to what Evangelism is, and what it is not. You should be able to identify pitfalls that hinder Evangelism, and you should know what, and how, to incorporate your natural talents and Spiritual gifts into your Evangelistic efforts. From this point on, we are going to focus on “how” to share your faith in an evangelistic manner, and hopefully give you some tools that will help you.
As I mentioned in an earlier lesson, being Evangelized yourself is first and foremost in being able to Evangelize someone else. After that, living a life that would draw others to Jesus is extremely important. Remember, as a child of God, you are a new creature. This new life should be evident to everyone who sees you (2 Cor. 5:17).
Secondly, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we should always be “ready” to give an answer to those who would question us about our faith. It should go without saying that you can not evangelize others unless you know what God has done in your own life. “Who”, “What”, “When” and “why” are questions you should be able to answer before anyone even ask the question. And, of course, you should know Scripture to back up what you are saying. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” What God is telling us here is that saving faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Giving personal testimonies are good, but without Scripture, it won’t save anyone. Living a godly life should be our goal as born again Christians, but our life example will not lead anyone to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit that brings about conviction in a lost persons life, and the Word of God is the Spirits Sword (Ephesans 6).
Before we move on, it should be noted that the above mentioned questions answered and incorporated into your own testimoney will be very helpful in breaking the ice and leading you into an Evangelistic conversation with someone. However, this is the 21st century. When does anyone have time to listen to your testimony for fifteen minutes or more? The sad truth is, most people will not give God five minutes out of their day. Because of this, having your “ice breaking” message down to three minutes or less is very handy. Thats the time it takes to walk across the parking lot, ride an elevator up to the top floor, or the time it takes for the light to turn green. That two or three minute time frame may be the only moments you have to get someones attention and bring them to the point they want to hear more. This is where the seeds are planted that God will use to grow thier faith. After that, as you part ways, having a Gospel tract to hand them, with your contact information on it, is very wise. What you said to them may not sink in until they get home and the day starts slowing down. It is in those quite moments that the Holy Spirit can work in their hearts. This is when they open up the Gospel tract and the seeds are watered. The next time they see you, they won’t be in such a hurry to get away. Or, if not you, the next servant of the Lord that God brings their way.
But, what if they do stop to listen, or, the next day they pull you aside and ask you to tell them more? What then? Now is where you need to have your Bible handy. If you can’t always have a Bible handy, having a “Romans Road” card, or other salvation tool in your pocket can be very handy. It would be good to memorize the Bible verses that coincide with the Romans Road. They are as follows…
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9 “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.”
Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Knowing these verses, or having them written down and with you at all times will help lead you in the conversation. Remember though, Satan does not want you to Evangelize and he will do anything he can to distract you or the person you are talking to. One way that he does this is by getting you off track with useless questions and discussions that take you away from the cross. When this happens, politely tell the person you will be happy to answer that question later, but right now it is important that you understand your need for Jesus Christ. And then, bring them right back to the verses you are sharing, and continue forward.
There are many other tools that you can use to Evangelize, and we will be talking about more of them each week. In closing this lesson, I would like for you to write down your testimony of when you got saved. Remember the key questions I listed above, “Who”, “What”, “When” and “why”? Incorporate the answer to these question in your testimony. Also, remember I said you may only have two or three minutes to talk with someone for the first time? Well, I want you to write your testimony down, answering those key questions, and do it where it can be said in three minutes or less. The average person speaks at about 125 words per minute, so your testimony should only be no more then 375 - 400 words long. In the classroom setting, we will have you give this testimony during next weeks class. If your taking this lesson on line, you will be ask to submit your testimony during the test portion. Be concise, be short and to the point, but be complete. This may very well be the starting point for many souls being saved. Good luck, and God bless.