A few years ago I was with a church that went into a poor neighborhood to share the gospel. They shared as fast as they could to get to as many people as possible that they didn’t even ask people their names. At the end of the day back on the church bus they handed out awards to the people who saved the most souls.
Praise God many people came to Christ that day but what a tragedy no one could tell you the names of anyone they had shared the gospel with. After this experience God began to show me a bigger picture of successful evangelism. I began to see that any time I got in a conversation with someone about Christ it was important to see them as an individual person. I also began to realize that having a heart for people and evangelism starts before I even get into a conversation with someone and should continue past those conversations; sometimes it takes years of friendship and conversations with someone before they are ready to accept Christ into their heart.
Here are some of the ways I have found that prepare my heart for sharing the gospel.
1. Relationship. Your relationship with Christ is the most crucial part of being a successful evangelist. The closer you are to Him the more you will develop a strong desire for people to come to know Him. The best way to keep this close relationship with Christ is by reading the bible daily to learn from His example.
Keeping a relationship with those you are sharing the gospel with is an important part of evangelism too. I have a friend I have been sharing the gospel with for several years now. I invest in her life and our friendship by making time to spend with her; every time we meet I am intentional in bring up Christ.
2. Pray. Another way to keep your relationship with Christ growing is to pray. Also begin to pray for people in your life who are not yet believers. Pray for them individually; pray that God will continue giving you opportunities to share with them and that they will come to know Him. Write down names of friends, family and co-workers somewhere were you will be reminded to pray for them and commit to praying for them daily.
3. Investigate. “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” 2 Timothy 4:2. It all goes back to relationship with Christ. As you take time daily to be in God’s Word [the Bible] it will prepare you for instances where you will get to share and give a defense for the good news. Investigating and discussing apologetics is another great way to prepare. Researching what you and what your friends or family believe you will be able to talk more in depth of inaccuracies of their religion and point them to specific verses in the Bible that will point them towards truth.
4. Memorize. Take time to memorize scriptures that share the gospel. You never know when an opportunity may arise to share the good news so memorize a few verses. One great verse to memorize is Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
These steps will help you grow a bigger heart for the people in your life that you have the privilege to share the good news with!
Hope McCleary graduated from Mesa State College with a degree in Mass Communications. After graduating she spent two years working in local news at KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, Co. She decided to give up her career in the media to share the message of Christ full-time. She joined full-time staff with Master Plan Ministries the summer of 2012 and got married to Forrest McCleary in September of 2012. Through her own personal ups and downs in college Hope has a heart for college women understand their worth as God’s daughters, to see them grow in their faith, to grow in the unique gifts God has given them, and to stand firm in their faith even with the pressures of the world all around them. Hope’s interests include world and local missions, photography, singing, playing guitar and writing music, reading, meeting new people, coffee, and hiking.
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6/20/2013 12:33:17 pm
Amen! Love this. People can tell when they only represent a number to you. People want to matter. Period. Their name, their story, their person. They don't want to be just somebody's score card. In what we know of Jesus, He really seemed to take His time with those he came into contact with. He slowed down life for just a moment and focused on them as individuals. He doesn't seem to be rushing through, even though He had so many things to do.
6/22/2013 12:55:54 am
So true Crystal, Jesus is our best example of loving people and taking our time (despite how busy we might be) to walk along side of them as they learn more and hopefully as they decided to accept Christ!
6/23/2013 12:46:52 pm
What truthful lessons here, Hope... thank you for reminding us that the surest way to lead someone to the Lord is to get to know them personally,and to be God in flesh for them. Bless you! Thanks for linking with IP! e.
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