I’ll be honest, I don’t always know how best to equip our people for evangelism. I am hoping to get materials out there for evangelistic purposes, and some more for our Celebration Saturday and Connection Sunday (April 15th and April 16th). Eventually, there will have to be some specialized training in this area, for sure. For now, I would like to share through this blog some helpful tips in evangelism. I would like to start with what I believe to be the most important part of evangelism– personal testimony.
I believe it is important for two reasons: 1) Paul and others use testimony as a way to witness in the New Testament. Therefore, we have a biblical example that I believe we should follow. 2) Our culture values experience over truth. People don’t care about facts like they used to, but everyone likes to hear another person’s “story.” Honestly, a personal testimony is more effective than any program I could ever set you up with (though I will set you up with one if it helps).
When giving testimony in witness, you should start with your life before Christ. This helps set up the difference Christ makes. Do not be afraid to mention struggles, sin, emotions, ect. Remember before Christ we were dead in our trespasses, so what was it like to be “dead?” Through this, set up the breaking point of your life. When did all of your issues come to a head in such a way that you turned to Christ. Don’t just explain that Christ is the difference in your life; explain how He is the difference! In other words, answer the questions, “What must I do to be saved?” Obviously, it is repent of sin and believe in Christ. Follow with what life is in Christ. Be honest about the struggles and difficulties. I would not want to win someone to Christ with a lie. It is hard, but in Christ, we have his grace to sustain us.
This week I challenge you to share your testimony with one person. Of course, let it come out in natural conversation. Love you guys! See you Sunday!