With permission, I want to share a story from a participant in one of the Fear Free Evangelism Seminars that I conduct
I have edited it for details and confidentiality:
I’ve been extremely busy on audits recently but it is on just such a trip to Atlanta 2 weeks ago that I was able to use Fear Free Evangelism principles to talk about my faith with a co-worker traveling with me.
Jane is a colleague here at my current client who has been going through a very rough time over the past 18 months.
She is a really bright, wonderful person who is deeply depressed and starting to feel negatively towards herself.
As we drove the rental car from the airport to our hotel in the town we were going to, I couldn’t help but recognize this as EXACTLY the kind of opportunity you said would “walk right up to me” (ala Phillip And The Ethiopian Eunuch story we discussed in the workshop) if I prayed about it (I had).
I asked her if she had grown up in a church or gotten married in a church. She admitted she had little church contact growing up as her parents did not belong to one.
She told me about friends/acquaintances in her life who were “bible-beaters” and how she had become resentful of religion in general, citing catholic rules about annulment and the discomfort of her friends who tried to “shove” religion on her.
It is precisely at this moment that I would’ve simply dropped the notion of discussing my faith HAD I NOT TAKEN YOUR WORKSHOP!!
It’s hard to describe but I have never felt more at ease as I just asked her point blank “Do you believe in God?”
In the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the question you posed to us in the workshop:
What if discussing your faith was a normal, everyday thing?
This simple act of God-given boldness (which did NOT include an ounce of the unease/discomfort I’m used to when discussing my faith) led to a long and pleasantly engaging conversation about the existence of God and the Christian faith.
And while I’d like to say she pulled the car over and accepted Jesus right there on the highway, she of course didn’t.
But you can always feel when someone is absorbing and listening to what you are saying and I felt convicted that she was indeed pondering things she never had before. The seeds were definitely planted.
Additionally, thanks to your evangelism training workshop I felt a real sense that God had used me. This is in direct contrast to faith-sharing opportunities in the past where I actually felt GUILT/SHAME over the fact that someone DIDN’T immediately drop to their knees and accept Christ on the spot after I spoke to them.
Sorry to go on so long, but I really want to encourage you that your Fear Free Evangelism approach really works and is/will continue to be an enormous blessing in my life.
To host your own Fear Free Evangelism workshop for your church or region, simply give me a call at 804-335-1445 and we can talk about the details.
It is a one day workshop on conversational evangelism that can be expanded for a weekend retreat.
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