Many of us know people who seem to have a simple time sharing their faith.
When we think of the successful evangelists we know, many seem like
- easy and out going extroverts,
- who have no problem talking to strangers,
- or causally talking about faith with everyone at the family reunion.
No fear in them at all.
However, many of us can be paralyzed by our Evangelism Fears.
There are different Fears of Evangelism
But what about those who are more introverted? How do we share our faith?
This is the question that Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style, Mike Bechtle, seeks to address.
“God designed us with a specific purpose in mind.
So we could do what He wants us to do, in the unique way that nobody else could do it.
Why should we try to do it differently? … When introverts spend time trying to function like extroverts, they’re doing more than just wasting time.
They’re actually robbing themselves of the very tools God gave them to do his work.”
However, most programs designed to teach evangelism assume that a person is outgoing and confident in situations like talking to complete strangers in a public setting.
“I’ve found that when I try to share my faith in unnatural ways, my fear gets larger and tends to stop me from sharing. That kind of fear almost always signals that I’m sharing out of guilt instead of compassion.
But when I share in ways that fit with God’s design for me, a creative tension compels me to look for new ways to move forward.
Compassion drives me to look for unique, appropriate ways to make a spiritual connection.”
Bechtle really seeks to develop a way that those of us are a little more on the introverted side can still feel pretty natural in sharing our faith.
The book doesn’t really go into the mechanics of sharing your faith (your Personal Testimony, God’s story, any gospel scripts illustrations).
Rather, he seeks to show introverts conversational settings where they can feel comfortable in talking about their faith.
He does seek to show biblical methods of evangelism, and conversational skills that are matched to your personality.
Over all a good read and one that is worthy of your dime.
Order your copy of Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style, Mike Bechtle from Amazon, and I’ll get a little tip from them.
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