Any Christian who doesn't evangelize is selfish.
That's a rude statement but true.
If you have the secret to eternal life, what kind of a person are you if you don't share it with others?
Or maybe just scared. Or maybe you don't know how.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations"--Matthew 28:19a
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."--Mark 15:15
This "commission" came from Jesus Christ Himself. One of our most important, if not the most important, job
as believers is evangelism.
The way I evangelize is a Biblical System called "The Way of The Master."
It's simple: Evangelize the way the Master did it (Jesus).
Ok, the first step to evangelism is you yourself have to
be a Christian (duh). A real Christian, not a hypocrite. Listen to "True and False Conversion" by Ray Comfort.
You can download it here (http://www.livingwaters.com/listenwatch/TrueFalse.zip).
- The True and False Conversion teaching is foundational, and goes hand in hand with Hell's Best Kept Secret. It is very
important that you understand it, as it will have great bearing on how you spend your time, and how you share the principles
of God's Word. If you have ever wondered why so much of the Church looks and acts just like the world, you will love
"Soundly Saved" formally knowns as "Hell's Best Kept Secret" by Kirk Cameron is a the real evangelism course. It
actually teaches you step by step how to evangelize effectively the way Christ did. Download it here: http://www.wayofthemaster.com/mp3/KirkHBKS.zip
- Why do 80-90% of those making a decision for Christ fall away from the faith? What is the principle that Spurgeon, Wesley,
Whitefield, etc., used to reach the lost? Why has the Church neglected it? Don't let anything stop you from listening to this
I was a victim of Modern evangelism. Where people tell you there's a "God-shaped" hole in your heart that only Jesus can
fill and if you say a prayer you'll go to heaven. "Soundly Saved" takes us back to the Biblical principals of evangelism
and helps us understand and how Jesus and the Apostles evangelized the way they did.
Most importantly, pray. The Holy Spirit really will give your the words to say if you'll just rebuke fear and trust
God to save them. No one can accept Jesus unless God draws them to Him. We can't save anyone and remember
that everyone's not going to heaven, so don't get discouraged or embarrassed when people reject Christ or make fun of you.
You've done what thus saith the Lord, and you will be rewarded for your obedience!
PERSONAL WITNESSING -
How Jesus Did It
This is a basic overview of the W.D.J.D. principle. We ask "What DID Jesus
Do?" -- and then we look at His example in the bible. What can we learn about how Jesus tackled personal witnessing?
John chapter 4, verses 7–26 give us the Master’s example of how to share our faith. Notice that Jesus
spoke to the woman at the well when she was alone. We will often find that people are more open and honest when they are alone.
So, if possible, pick a person who is sitting by himself. From there, we can see four clear principles to follow:
1st - Jesus began in the natural realm (v. 7). This woman was unregenerate,
and the Bible tells us “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:14). He
therefore spoke of something she could relate to—water. Most of us can strike up a conversation with a stranger in the
natural realm. It may be a friendly “How are you doing?” or a warm “Good morning!” If the person responds
with a sense of warmth, we may then ask, “Do you live around here?” and from there develop a conversation.
2nd - Jesus swung the conversation to the spiritual realm (v. 10). He simply
mentioned the things of God. This will take courage. We may say something like, “Did you go to church on Sunday?”
or “Did you see that Christian TV program last week?” If the person responds positively, the question “Do
you have a Christian background?” will probe his background. He may answer, “I went to church when I was a child,
but I drifted away from it.” Another simple way to swing to the spiritual is to offer the person a gospel tract and
ask, “Did you get one of these?” When he takes it, simply say, “It’s a gospel tract. Do you come from
a Christian background?”
3rd - Jesus brought conviction using the Law of God (vv. 16–18). Jesus
gently spoke to her conscience by alluding to the fact that she had transgressed the Seventh of the Ten Commandments. He used
the Law to bring “the knowledge of sin” (see Romans 3:19,20). We can do the same, “Do you consider yourself
to be a good person? Do you think that you have kept the Ten Commandments?” Most people think they have, so quickly
follow with, “Have you ever told a lie?” This is confrontational, but if it’s asked in a spirit of love
and gentleness, there won’t be any offense. Remember that the “work of the Law [is] written in their hearts”
and that the conscience will bear “witness” (Romans 2:15). Jesus confronted the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18–21
with five of the Ten Commandments and there was no offense. Have confidence that the conscience will do its work and affirm
the truth of each Commandment. Don’t be afraid to gently ask, “Have you ever stolen something, even if it’s
small?” Learn how to open up the spirituality of the Law and show how God considers lust to be the same as adultery
(Matthew 5:27,28) and hatred the same as murder (1 John 3:15). Make sure you get an admission of guilt.
Ask the person, “If God judges you by the Ten Commandments on Judgment Day, do you think you will be innocent
or guilty?” If he says he will be innocent, ask, “Why is that?” If he admits his guilt, ask, “Do you
think you will go to heaven or hell?”
From there the conversation may go one of three ways:
W - "WOULD you consider yourself to be a good person?"
D - "DO you think you've kept the Ten Commandments?"
J - "JUDGEMENT - if God JUDGES you by that standard, will you be innocent or
D - "DESTINY - what's your DESTINY going to be... will you end up in heaven or
a. He may confidently say, “I don’t believe in hell.” Gently respond,
“That doesn’t matter. You still have to face God on Judgment Day whether you believe in it or not. If I step onto
the freeway when a massive truck is heading for me and I say, ‘I don’t believe in trucks,’ my lack of belief
isn’t going to change reality.”
b. He may say that he’s guilty, but that he will go to heaven. This is usually because
he thinks that God is “good,” and that He will, therefore, overlook sin in his case. Point out that if a judge
in a criminal case has a guilty murderer standing before him, the judge, if he is a good man, can’t just let him go.
He must ensure that the guilty man is punished. If God is good, He must (by nature) punish murderers, rapists, thieves, liars,
adulterers, fornicators, and those who have lived in rebellion to the inner light that God has given to every man. Then tenderly
tell him he has already admitted to you that he has lied, stolen, and committed adultery in his heart, and that God gave him
a conscience so that he would know right from wrong. His conscience and the conviction of the Holy Spirit will do the rest.
That’s why it is essential to draw out an admission of guilt before you mention Judgment Day or the existence of hell.
c. He may admit that he is guilty and therefore going to hell. Ask him if that concerns
him. Speak to him about how much he values his eyes and how much more therefore he should value the salvation of his soul.
(For the biblical description of hell, see Revelation 1:18 footnote.) If possible, take the person through the linked verses
in this Bible, beginning at the Matthew 5:21,22 footnote.
4th - Jesus revealed Himself to her (v. 26). Once the Law has humbled
the person, he is ready for grace. Remember, the Bible says that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James
4:6). The gospel is for the humble (see Luke 4:18 footnote). Only the sick need a physician, and only those who will admit
that they have the disease of sin will truly embrace the cure of the gospel.
Learn how to present the work of the cross —that God sent His Son to suffer and die in our
place. Tell the sinner of the love of God in Christ; that Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death. Take him back to civil
law and say, “It’s as simple as this: We broke God’s Law, and Jesus paid our fine. If you will repent and
trust in the Savior, God will forgive your sins and dismiss your case.” Ask him if he understands what you have told
him. If he is willing to confess and forsake his sins, and trust the Savior with his eternal salvation, have him pray and
ask God to forgive him. Then pray for him. Get him a Bible. Instruct him to read it daily and obey what he reads, and encourage
him to get into a Bible-believing, Christ-preaching church.