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.
The search for purpose is a spiritual thirst that opens up natural faith sharing opportunities.
The Best Gospel Conversations Are Never Planned
Now this doesn’t happen to me all the time.
But perfect opportunities to share your faith occur spontaneously in naturally reflective settings like gazing over the vast ocean at the beach
Conversations to share your faith like this are never planned ahead.
It’s never organized on my calendar.
It is never at a scripted moment (unless one manipulates the conversation).
Rather, opportunities to share your faith and point people to Jesus are surprise impromptu events in life that catch us off guard.
Remember the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch from Acts 8?
Philip didn’t suffer from paralysis when given the opportunity to share his faith. He didn’t hide behind fears, or pawn the evangelistic task off to somebody else.
Rather, he was ready to share his faith – which gave him the confidence he needed.
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian t eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
. . . .
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”
35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. (NIV, 2011, Acts 8:26-35)
Philip had been directed by the Lord to go on a scavenger hunt.
“Go to the south road, the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
He had an angelic visitation to give him this guidance, which many of us don’t ever get, but notice the second prompting.
The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” (NIV,v.29 )
The key is that Philip noticed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to stand next to “THAT” Chariot. God underlined the chariot and Philip positioned himself.
Philip was ready to share his faith because he had a personal relationship with the Lord where he cultivated the skill of recognizing the evangelistic prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Philip was ready to share his faith because he was spiritually prepared.
Philip was prepared ahead of time for the conversation.
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. (NIV 8:35)
He may not have memorized a gospel script like the Bridge Illustration, but he was ready to share the good news.
Philip was ready to share his faith because he knew the gospel story. Philip knew how to share, and even more so, how to share the story well.
Philip was ready to share his faith because he was prepared with a message.
There are certainly more than 2 areas, but these two are foundational to the model of personal evangelism that I teach in the Fear Free Evangelism Seminar (CD SET, available on 5 CDs).
In order to be effective at personal evangelism, we need to be nurturing that relationship with Christ.
We do that through
All of these things serve and nurture that vibrant relationship with Jesus.
This helps us to
You’ve got to have personal experience with God through Jesus Christ. You’ve got to be growing in that.
What steps can you take this week to deepen your relationship with God?
It’s a good theological study on various different gospel versions that are out there.
He reminds us that we need to know not only the gospel announcement, but the whole story.
My advice here is to find one of the gospel scripts and master it.
Be prepared to share your faith by mastering ahead of time a version of the gospel story. Read about the purpose of evangelism training
What version of the gospel story have you mastered?
I develop this further in this article: How to use a gospel script, along with links to various gospel scripts.
I offer a virtual seminar on personal evangelism training. You can use this as an evangelism training event for your team.
It is travel free, and you can offer it on any night that you choose.
If you want this workshop in Spanish, I can do that too.
Read more about how to get your own evangelism training seminar from me.
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.
The Pugnacious Irishman looks at the objection: “I’ll start sharing my faith as soon as I learn how to defend it and answer questions.” Read: Are you ready enough?
People get a passion for evangelism by doing it. We study, study, study, thinking we’ll eventually get it. But get out there and do it, you’ll discover how fun it is. Check out this example of evangelism from the Ukraine.
Scot McKnight reviews Atonement for a Sinless Society at Out of Ur. If people don’t feel guilty because moral relativism has diminished guilt, how can we still communicate the gospel? Law / Gospel approach doesn’t work since it’s focused on making people feel guilty.
Contemporary culture does not provide the average iGen with a profound grasp of what is right and wrong apart from the conviction that assaulting the self is clearly wrong.
The complete article can be found at Christianity Today.
If you have a church website based on a platform like wordpress, it’s very easy to post your sermons on-line. Many churches will do a MP3 recording of their sermon. With a plug-in, you can post it to your website without much difficulty. You can post the text, your preacher notes or manuscript, the audio, the slides. It all becomes search engine bait that will attract people via google.
Deb Cuny writes about her cross country journey. In the article, she talks about how she used church websites to evaluate a church before visiting. What does your church website say about you? Read her travel notes.
Did you listen to the MP3 of the radio show about simple church websites from last week? Here is the MP3 on Church Websites.
An ex-Christian friend of mine turned to me and said
“Chris, what is the gospel?”
Excitement bubbled up within me. I’m an evangelist and this conversation was near and dear to my heart. However, I got too excited.
The end result was confusing half thoughts, and verbal commas: “bluh, bluh, um, uh, it’s ah, hum”
My explanation of the gospel was clear as mud. I left my friend more confused than satisfied.
Other people may have a paralyzing fear when they are asked a simple question like that. In my evangelism training workshops I will often ask people to share the gospel one with another.
In that little command, the tension in the room rises high. People stare at me like I just broadsided them. But they turn to their neighbor and try to explain the gospel.
The general response: Confusion, panic, freaking out, because they suddenly realize that they can’t wing it.
For years, they thought they could explain the gospel but given a moment (even in a workshop) to do so, they stumble over their own words and realize they don’t know how.
Let me give you some principles that can help you.
Have an active prayer life. Pray about who He would like you to talk to, and ask Him to bring people into your path to talk to about Him. Have an evangelistic prayer list of people you are praying for
Fast as you seek God’s direction.
Take the time to notice people around you and be aware of the people you run into while “on your way.” Read The Art of Noticing People.
Take the time to learn the stories of the people you want to talk to about Jesus.
Use Questions. Read What is the Question Behind the Question?
Ask them questions about their lives and listen actively as they talk. Show genuine interest in them as people.
After you learn about others, tell them about your life.
Then share the story of how and why you began a relationship with Christ and how that relationship has made a difference in your life.
You may want to outline your personal testimony, then edit into text that will take you only about three minutes to present.
Then share God’s story with people by presenting His plan of salvation using key Scripture verses that address:
Try to present the gospel as clearly as possible, giving people enough information to enable them to make informed choices when they respond.
Using Gospel Scripts is helpful.
Adapted from How to Talk About Jesus without Freaking Out with Study Guide. Order your copy from Amazon
What are some tips that you have found helpful in being able to talk about your faith and the gospel clearly and simply, without freaking out? Share with us.
I found an illustrated verison of the Bridge Illustration. Useful animation and full of Scripture.
For more information on the Bridge Diagram, see Discussing the Bridge Illustration to see how I adapted this for a youth audience.
During the time in Enfield for the Youth Night: Discover Your Faith – Enfield CT I had blast meeting with several teenagers and talking about faith.
Below are a few of the points:
Ephesians 2:10 shares how we are God’s workmanship.
The Greek word for workmanship is the root of our word poem.
That says a lot into how God designed each one of us, for beauty, craft, wisdom, and strength, and certainly uniqueness.
What got us really going I think was discussing our separation from God. I asked the question:
What does that separation from God feel like or look like or how do you experience that separation?
The answers came from the teens themselves.
Things like “Emptiness, Darkness, abandonment” and so on.
I didn’t have to describe the fruit of our sinful condition. There was common agreement of it’s description.
Then I asked the group what kinds of things did they do to fill that gap. Answers came pouring forth: drugs, sex, pregnancy, alcohol, music, medication, suicide, cutting.
The group was then asked: “Do any of these work? Do they fill the gap?”
Universally, the answer was no.
That’s the beauty of the Gospel: that while we were separated from God, we have now been reconciled by Christ.
When we choose to surrender our life to him and follow him, we can find that forgiveness, and begin to step into the fullness of what God has created us and designed us for.
We moved into a time of prayer, where space was given for people to make that decision. To choose Jesus over all the other options to fill that gap in our relationship with God.
For a more traditional use of the bridge, see
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