The most effective evangelism tool is the one you use.
Though there are all sorts of gospel outlines, training events, books, and evangelism workshops available to equip you, none of those things matter if you don’t use any of them.
You already have enough tools to do evangelistic work. You already have 3 of the 4 following tools. Use them.
1. Your Prayer
Prayer makes me spiritually sensitive to the conversational opportunities around me. Prayer makes me more sensitive to the spiritual thirst I might hear in a conversation.
Praying also helps me learn to recognize the prompting of the Holy Spirit who helps me to recognize that nudge that precedes a spiritual conversation.
To use this tool, I maintain a list of friends that I’m praying for.
After all, who am I praying to know the Lord?
Who can I bring to the feet of Jesus?
- Take the Risk, Offer to Pray.
- Ten Prayer Points For your Friends
- Prayer Strategy for Personal Evangelism (MP3 Download)
- 7 Ways to Pray for Your Friends (+ 17 more)
2. Your Personal Testimony
The story of your journey to faith is one of the most impactful ways to show people how Jesus is relevant to life.
You might be able to point to a day and time (like walking forward to an altar call, or kneeling alone in your bedroom) when you reached that point in your journey.
Or you might be able to say “It happened, but I’m not sure when.” This is a common story of those who grew up in a family of faith. Following Jesus became a matter of personal conviction rather than following the faith of your parents.
No matter which journey to faith in Jesus Christ you experienced, you need to know and be able to tell the story of your conversion journey.
Know your journey to faith well so that you can share relevant portions at a moment’s notice.
Your experience of personal evangelism will be much richer if you can master telling your own story.
- Download this personal testimony tool to help.
- Read 8 steps to using your personal testimony.
- Your Journey to Jesus
3. Current Stories of God’s activity in your life.
Our testimony is of all of God’s activity in our life. When I teach evangelism, I use the following question:
What is God doing in your life today (in this season of life, not a 24 hour time period) that makes the gospel good news?
When we are sharing our faith, God may prompt us to share
- how He pursued us prior to our declaring our loyalty to Him, or
- how He has met us in current events, or
- how He walked with us through prior suffering.
How have you seen God’s kindness at work in your life?
You might see evidence of God’s work in:
- Speaking to you
- Growing a particular fruit of the Spirit
- A season of testing
- To be a blessing in the life of another
God is at work in your life.
When you have the eyes to see His work and take the time to meditate on His work, you will always have a fresh story about God’s work to share.
You’ve got more than one story.
God remains at work in our life, He is relevant to life today, not just at the point of our conversion or ownership of our faith.
4. A version of the gospel in a nutshell.
Everyone needs to master a version of the gospel.
There are plenty of gospel outlines available online for free.
The purpose of a gospel summary is to provide you with an outline to share your faith when the Lord provides the opportunity.
You have the flexibility to adjust it to your conversational context.
As the conversation moves along, you can add details and back off on other points.
These gospel scripts are not meant to be followed in a legalistic format. There is no cause and effect as in “get the script right and they will believe, get the script wrong and you messed up their eternity.”
The point of a script is to be very familiar with ONE so that you can confidently explain your faith when God provides the opportunity.
That gospel outline has a few choice scriptures, and you can likely pick some of your other favorite Scriptures that make the same point.
- Read How to Practice a Gospel Presentation
- Do versus Done
- How to Use the Bridge Illustration
- Gospel Script: FAITH
- Choose a Gospel Story
Evangelism Training CDs or MP3
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