“Evangelism” is simply communicating the Good News (Gospel)
about Jesus Christ with the intent of helping someone else to know Him as you do.
Can you relate to the word “RELUCTANT” in the title? If so, you’re in good company. Spiritual Gift Surveys reveal that only about 3% of laity and 5% of clergy have evangelism as a dominant gift. (This is Preview Lesson 1 to THE RELUCTANT EVANGELIST: Embrace Your Gifts and Fulfill God’s Purpose is followed by lessons 2 and 3 which answer the questions “Why shouldn’t we be reluctant about sharing the Gospel?” and “How can we overcome our reluctance to share the Gospel?”)
Here’s a story of a “Bumbling Evangelist.” (Day 26)
“A nice young couple lived around the corner from us. I just knew they needed to know Jesus so we invited them over for dinner with the purpose in mind of leading them to Christ. It was a long time ago, but I’m pretty sure they did pray the “sinner’s prayer” before they escaped. Afterward however, we were never able to make contact again; a relationship never developed. If discipleship occurred, it was without our influence. “
Spiritual mugging is not effective. Maybe you’ve heard stories like this or you’ve been on the receiving or giving end of an episode like the one above. Share your stories.
Besides hearing about or being involved in a “bumbling evangelist” episode, what hinders you from sharing the Gospel?
- ___ I’m an introvert
- ___ I don’t know what to say to someone about how to know the Lord.
- ___ I’m better at showing the love of God than talking.
- ___ I think showing God’s love is better than just talking.
- ___ I don’t know where to look in the Bible to explain the Gospel.
- ___ I’m afraid of being rejected or made fun of.
- ___ ____________________________________________________________________
How did you come to know Jesus? Your own story is powerful! It can’t be discounted by logic or philosophy. It’s yours. It’s real. Telling it is relational, not pushy. JUST TELL YOUR OWN STORY.