A friend of mine sent this to me:
- Do vs. Done
- Three Rs (Not about ritual, rules, religion)
This is a quick snippet from
- Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum, Bill Hybels
- Becoming a Contagious Christian (Video Curriculum Kit), Bill Hybels
Personal Evangelism skills should require that we make use of the gospel outlines that are available. Here is a collection of gospel scripts and reflections on outlines of the gospel.
In my training, I only ask people to pick one gospel script and memorize it so well that you can follow the outline without stressing over it.
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Gospel Scripts
A friend of mine sent this to me:
This is a quick snippet from
This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series 30 Days of Prayer
My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.
— Hymn, My Faith has found a resting place
My hope is in the Lord Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.
For me He died, For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives
— Hymn, For me he died, for me he lives
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
Jesus died for you.
His death paid the price for the forgiveness of your sins.
His death and resurrection paved the way for you to enjoy fellowship with God forever.
You have been reconciled to the Father and you can now discover the outrageous love of the Father for you.
It’s the greatest story every told.
We think we know the story.
But when we are put on the spot, in some random moment in a spiritual conversation, we grasp at fog.
We stumble for words.
We are not sure where to start.
We start off in one direction, and then change direction in the middle of a thought.
Most of us have fallen short in mastering being able to tell the greatest story ever told.
We might be good at telling stories of how the gospel intersected our life and how we converted to being a follower of Jesus.
But telling people the actual gospel leaves us speechless or disorganized.
I once challenged a teen in my youth group to tell the gospel story to a friend.
She was nervous about it, but because we had reviewed it often in our youth group, she knew the major movements of the gospel story.
As her gospel sharing conversation proceeded, even with conversational detours, she confidently moved through them and at the end, her friend simply said:
No one has ever shared it so clearly before. Now I know what it means when they say “Christ died for me.”
I want to share Your story today. I pray that You would open up a conversational door today with some person or one of my friends who would ask me about my faith in Jesus.
Fill me with a new and deeper appreciation of what Jesus has done in my life.
Grant me the skills to tell Your story without shivering in my boots.
Find one of the gospel scripts and master it.
For a list of gospel scripts read this post.
This is an interesting evangelistic conversational starter:
The publishers hope that you’ll continue the conversation at their website.
The imagery is fantastic, as well as the editing. The narration is a little interesting and different perspective:
You Cheated on Me, You Didn’t Trust Me, You Sinned, You Cut Yourself Off From Me,And Although You Are Still Alive, You Are Slowly Dying.
So You Look For Other Things To Fill The Void, But Nothing Works, It Just Kills You Faster And It Separates Us More And More.
Got four minutes?
Check out this lyrical gospel in a nutshell script, using GOSPEL as an acronym.
Life in 6 Words: The GOSPEL communicates the whole story of the Bible in 6 key truths that capture the essence of God and human interaction.
Rap artist Propaganda unpacks a simple 6 letter acrostic that spells out the word “GOSPEL” and communicates Jesus’ life-giving message of salvation.
Have you ever been put on the spot with regards to an evangelistic moment?
Imagine, you are at the beach with a friend, talking about life.
The rhythm of the crashing waves, the cry of seagulls, and the breeze creates a relaxing setting where the the conversation takes a deeply spiritual turn.
The spontaneous conversation begins to go deep about some personal issue and it’s clear that your friend is confessing a deep sense of purpose seeking.[Read more…] about How to be ready to share your faith
Have you ever felt like you’ve been caught off guard?
Imagine sitting in a coffee shop talking about life with a friend.
The conversation begins to go deep about some personal issue: your friend is confessing a deep sense of remorse over some sin in their life and how they seek forgiveness.
Your friend looks at you and says:
How do I find forgiveness to bring peace to my soul?
Now this doesn’t happen to me all the time.
But perfect opportunities like this to share the gospel and point people to Jesus happen.
It’s never planned ahead.
It’s never organized on my calender.
It is never at a scripted moment (unless one manipulates the conversation).
Rather, opportunities to point people to Jesus are surprise impromptu events in life that catch us off guard.
Several years ago, this happened to me. A new acquaintance asked me “What is the gospel?”
I fumbled the opportunity and made a verbal mess in my answer.
I was not prepared to answer the question, even though I had been to seminary and was a pastor.
Many factors got in the way of a clear and simple answer to the question.
I came across an interesting article, quoting Captain Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese.
At a Hero’s Homecoming in Danville, CA, where he lives with his wife and daughters, Captain Sullenberger finally spoke:
“Circumstance determined that it was this experienced crew that was scheduled to fly that particular flight on that particular day,” he told the crowd.
“But I know I can speak for the entire crew when I tell you we were simply doing the job we were trained to do.”
Here is the phrase that struck me: “We were simply doing the job we were trained to do.”
Training gives us a chance to learn what we need to do when we are put on the spot.
Training gives us an internal calm when surprises catch us.
You might think you know the gospel already since you’ve likely heard it hundreds of times.
But when you have to put words to what you think you know at a moment you are not expecting– you suddenly discover you don’t know.
You might know all the theology of the gospel, but when given a chance like what happened to me, the reaction is one of disorientation, not one of content.
There are plenty of gospel summaries out there. Each one of these can provide a script that we can use as a “default setting.” We need to master one so that we can answer questions in a calm, clear, and concise manner.
Even though the disciples didn’t have any formal personal evangelism training, we can increase our confidence for those unexpected moments by taking regular ongoing personal evangelism training.
Personal evangelism training removes alot of the “I don’t know what to say” fear.
If you haven’t mastered a gospel outline, choose one from the List of Gospel Presentations and master it.
If you want more personal evangelism training, consider my personal evangelism audio course, a 5 CD set that can be shipped to your house. It covers topic such as motivation, cooperating with the Holy Spirit in conversations, and testimony development, along with a basic gospel sharing plan.