What does evangelism look like in New York City?
If my only motivation for sharing the gospel is that I should, then there is something incredibly broken in me. Christianity is not a should religion.
I suspect that our hesitance to evangelize is less a matter of faulty methods and lack of opportunity. It goes deeper.
Evangelism is a biblical mandate for every Christian.
On Halloween night 1998 I threw a party in my apartment. I had girls, booze, weed, and cocaine. On that Halloween night, I was geared up for what I expected to be a good time. But my friend Dave didn’t respond like I expected he would.
Evangelism conversations tend to run in many directions. Don't get bogged down in red herrings and rigamarole; keep it about our Redeemer and the redemption he offers to us sinners in himself.
Instead of allowing our inadequacies to keep us from evangelism, we should allow them to propel us into it.
From Reaching the Lost: Evangelism, the Bible study guide from 9Marks.
Evangelism is not:
Personal testimony. Talking about what God has done in your life may encourage Christians and intrigue non-Christians. And there's certainly a place for this in evangelism. But simply sharing about what God has done in your life isn't necessarily evangelism. Evangelism is telling others about what Jesus Christ has done to…
We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.
I lived the first decade and a half of my twenty plus years as Christian burdened with the idea that my task in evangelism was two-fold: to preach and to bring about conversion. When I was faithful to the first task but unproductive in the second, I often experience debilitating discouragement. It is difficult for me to convey the freedom that washed over my heart when the burden of responsibility…
We weren't sure when Grandpa woke up, but we knew it was long before the sun did. My earliest memories of him revolve around a small kitchen table where he sat each morning drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. The walls of his basement were decorated with World War II honors and pictures of his hunting victories. Locked gun cases held treasures we were only allowed to behold when Grandpa…
The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God.
We are limited in our ability, but Jesus makes sure we know our limitations are not a liability to Him.
The gospel is bigger than the universe, but can it be tweeted in 140 characters or less?
When you get a little grace, you start asking, “Who else?” Because there must be someone.
If you cannot explain the gospel in this period of time, then you probably don’t understand it.
A person’s worldview works the same way as putting together a puzzle. Everyone has corners and borders, and these important starting points frame the rest of the picture.
“It's not that complicated.” How many times have you said this to someone? How many times has someone said it to you? If we're honesttoo many to count (on both accounts). Our ability to overthink and over-complicate our tasks is like spam for our productivity. Consider how free you feel when a task is simplified, steps are outlined, and a plan is in place.
Let's remember that our…
Let's do everything that Scripture requires of us in the long work of making disciples.
On numerous occasions, when I've heard prominent evangelical leaders answer the question, "What is the gospel?" they do not mention the resurrection. I find this highly problematic.
Evangelism is often a slow process; sometimes it’s enough to stick a rock in someone’s shoe, and see what God does with it.
Becoming a courageous witness is not based upon our natural strength or abilities; it is based on faith in the absolute power of the Holy Spirit.
They don’t really want to listen to you. At least it appears to be so.
God showed me that my attitude toward email was sinful. In writing short, to-the-point, sometimes brusque emails, I was misrepresenting the gospel. By not seeing the people behind the emails I was essentially elevating myself above them and ignoring an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.
"It happens over and over again that the gospel 'comes alive' in a way that the evangelist had never dreamed of, and has effects which he never anticipated. The gospel is addressed to the human person as a human person in all the uncountable varieties of predicaments in which human beings find themselves.
The gospel has a sovereignty of its own and is never an instrument in…
When you genuinely like another person, it’s a lot harder to be mean and cruel when it comes to their ideas.
Developing godly habits is extremely important. And one of these healthy habits is to share the gospel with those we encounter.
Here’s some good news: You don’t have to share the gospel the way I did. You don’t have to dread doing evangelism. And you don't have to treat it like a salespitch. Jesus certaily didn't.
We asked J.D. Greear, "What are some important things to remember when sharing the gospel with Muslims?"
FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What are some keys to sharing the gospel with Muslims?"
We cannot make someone experience conviction—that’s the work of the Holy Spirit. But we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit not only by proclaiming the gospel, but also by simply reading the Bible.
If salvation is by faith alone, then every person we come in contact with is within a single moment of faith of being made a child of God.
Now is not a time for retreat; now is a time to go big, trust God, and reach out to sinners like us in truth and in love.
Is there a certain test - designed by you, administered by you, and graded by you - that one must pass to be included in God’s kingdom?
When Christians share the gospel they must make sure that they communicate faithfully and clearly what Scripture teaches about the good news.
5 years ago I was assessed by a group of pastors for the Acts 29 Network. We had just launched Redeemer Fellowship and wanted to partner with like-minded brothers and churches who share our core theological convictions and approach to ministry. When I received the completed assessment a week later, welcoming us into the network, the brothers were careful to include thoughts on my strengths and weaknesses.
I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself.
Belief in the gospel is the only way anyone can cross the gospel line and experience eternal life.
There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.
In order to combat this we need to speak truth to our hearts. We need to remind ourselves of the truth of Scripture. This is no less important in the area of evangelism. We need to debunk the myths that are too easily believed and cling instead to what God has said and done.
Every other year I try to go to a conference hosted by Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY Together for the Gospel. Not only is a great time to hear the Word preached and fellowship with folks I haven't seen in years, but it is a great opportunity to pick up a lot of books. Every year I go, I come back with at least 40-50 books. Most of those are…
We tend to get frustrated because we want instantaneous results, yet God wants faithful laborers who will patiently sow seed.
Go ahead and think about the person whom you think is the most unlikely to become a Christian. Now, ask yourself why you think this. Odds are you are looking at the way they order their life and in particular their blatant distaste and disregard for God. But you need to correct this thinking. It's unbiblical to look at what you have to work with and think, “I could see…
The fact that God calls and gifts some in extra measure does not absolve every Christian, and especially every minister, from doing the work of an evangelist.
I am weary of this public bragging, this counting of unhatched chickens, this exhibition of doubtful spoils. Lay aside such numberings of the people, such idle pretence of certifying in half a minute that which will need the testing of a lifetime.
Eagerly introduce others to the one you love and treasure.
Jesus Christ came to the utmost of sinners bearing the utmost hope. Do not expect marketing to bring them to you.
Sometimes people have the mistaken idea that the gospel is something that is merely lived out before others, as in serving them.
While I would like to think my preaching convinced someone in that moment to come to Christ, when I really stop and think about it, I know a lot has happened behind the scenes beforehand.
Presenting the gospel in a way people can understand doesn’t mean we water down the gospel.