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.
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