You can have the joy of introducing a person to Jesus Christ. Watching people awaken to their faith in Christ because of your personal evangelism work is one of the greatest joys you can experience as a Christian.
Yet many pastors and church members often neglect their personal evangelism, sometimes through no fault of their own.
- Busy with urgent life matters.
- Not really involved in the community.
- Compartmentalized faith to a “Sunday activity” or simply a private matter.
- Not taking time to develop relationships with people who don’t know the Lord.
Instead of just another post about “you should be sharing your faith,” I thought I’d make something more actionable for you.
I’ve searched my archives and came up with 10 of the best action posts for personal evangelism to help you kickstart your passion to reach people for Christ.
Check them out.
1. Make a prayer list of friends.
Make a prayer list of friends whom you’d like to see following Jesus.
I’ve seen lots of people mentally agree to the the idea, but actually fail in follow through. Just do it. If you need practical help, Read how to How to Make a Prayer List of Friends.
2. Commit to praying daily for each friend.
Once you make a prayer list of friends, then start praying daily for each of them.
Not sure who said this, but the point is right on:
Talk with God about men before you talk to men about God
Here is some guidance on what to pray for: Ten Prayer Points For your Friends.
3. Find ways to spend time with your friends.
You don’t have to set an evangelism faith sharing appointment with your friends. In fact, nearly every faith sharing conversation I have with my friends occur at random moments while we are doing life together.
We might be sailing and the wind dies down. We might be walking together for exercise. Maybe we are at a cookout on our back porch. Maybe we are playing golf together. Maybe we have hiked a mountain and are staring at the valley in front of us. Maybe we simply hang out together for a family game night.
I work along side an organization that seeks to reach teenagers for Christ. I took a peek at their schedule, and they have blocked out 3 out of every 4 Saturdays to spend time at the public soccer fields getting to know kids from their community. There are other events along the way in their schedule where they will serve the community, but the bulk of their time is networking.
Related Article: Spheres of Influence
4. Talk about what God is doing in your life.
As I spend time with my friends, I talk about my faith as a normal topic of life conversation.
For the last 3 months, I’ve started walking with a companion. We spend nearly 5 hours together each week, walking and talking. Our conversations have covered topics like personal dreams, goals for the future, family stories, weekend activities, and other small talk that covers the natural rhythms of life. We’ve laughed, shared, and poked a little fun.
In the middle of conversations about work, life, hobbies and relationships, we’ve covered topics like
- What is the gospel message?
- What is the Church?
- How do I have a relationship with Jesus?
- What is our small group topic about?
- How do I disciple my children in the faith?
- Who is Jesus?
My faith is part of who I am, what I do, and it is normal for me to talk about family devotions, bible reading, and church activities as part of conversation. I’ve not pressed my friend to talk about his faith, though he seems comfortable comparing is faith-less life with mine.
I share how our family does devotions, talk about the Bible with our kids, and testimonies to how God answers our prayers. Our faith is not hidden as private matter behind close doors. It’s part of who we are.
Our faith is visible and open for examination. Sharing faith is not revealing a secret about who we really are.
5. Listen for spiritual thirst.
Spiritual thirst is the underlying motive that people have to seek after God, to start and continue their search for God.
It could be
- guilt over sin,
- a longing for honest community,
- be guidance and direction,
- A stark realization that the person has made a giant mess of their life.
The gospel can speak to each one of these.
6. Ask great questions to learn about their spiritual journey.
Questions help people come up with their own solutions for their own unique circumstances. If you learn to use questions, you can help people discover their spiritual thirst and grow towards Christ.
Powerful questions help others to:
- Take time to think about their sin, their need for God, the abscence of God in their life
- Gain information about Jesus, who Jesus is, what Jesus has done
- Promote personal discovery of Jesus
- Generate options about how to respond to God’s work in Jesus
- Uncover obstacles or questions that remain unanswered
- Determine next steps in the journey to faith towards Jesus.
7. Suggest a way to help them grow spiritually in next 20 days.
So much of our evangelism training focuses on the conversion, we forget to allow for the process of maturity. We need to allow our seeking friends time
- to make their decision,
- find answers for their questions
- become willing to consider the claims of Christ
- find healing for wounds caused by Christians or other people that harm their journey.
Maybe they need
- a prayer
- an invitation to church
- an invitation to discuss the bible with you.
- an invitation to read a particular book.
- an invitation to a church seminar on a topic.
8. Listen for a time to share your personal journey to faith.
Listen for an appropriate invitation to share you own journey to faith. You might open that particular conversation with a question:
You know that I am a follower of Jesus. Can I tell you how I came to be a follower of Christ?
Or as you pray for your friends, you might find that they are spiritually curious enough to ask you to share. I’ve had this happen to me on numerous occasions. But the question is not always obvious. It is usually a variant like:
- How did you get religious?
- How did you find this faith you are so certain of?
- How did you decide to become religious?
- You don’t seem obnoxious, how did you get religion?
If you need help putting your faith journey story together, check out this tool.
9. Listen for a time to share a gospel presentation.
Ultimately, the point of evangelism is to share the gospel. Look and listen for a time to share the gospel in an outline form.
Read How to Practice a Gospel Presentation to learn more about this vital tool.
10. Review and learn from your conversations.
I have done a mental review of nearly every evangelistic conversation that I have. I write about it in my journal and reflect upon what I learn from it.
It’s a good practice to follow, and will help you in the future. It has been a practice that has been deeply beneficial in my life, particularly in removing fear from my practice of personal evangelism.
Do you need help in Personal Evangelism?
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In this 70 minute MP3 AUDIO recording on personal evangelism you will learn:
- How church invitations are part of evangelism
- How to discover and share your own journey to faith
- What you can say about the gospel message.
- How to personally lead someone to faith in Christ.
It’s a 70 minute audio file that takes just a few minutes to download, but it may help you answer the question:
What can you do in the next 90 days to grow in your evangelism skills?