Steve Sjogren, in Scattering, Watering, and then…Waiting reminds us about how the role of the evangelist:
Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is like the wind – he (not IT – please, never refer to the Holy Spirit as “it” – that is incredibly offensive to him) is not one who can be controlled. We see the effect of wind on the trees when the wind blows, but where it comes from or where it goes, we do not know (John 3).
Lasting conversions are wrought by the power of the Spirit, not by a slick sounding, win-the-argument approach. How many of you have won the argument but lost the battle? Lasting, deep down conversions are very rarely quick.
Don’t fret about the waiting period between scattering your seeds of generosity and what is going to take place once the Holy Spirit begins to shape people’s hearts in a large-scale fashion.
That’s God’s business. You keep on scattering your seeds – ideally with your people living a lifestyle of generosity and kindness. Sooner or later your crops will come in…as Jude writes, “Walk by love.”
Getting into the World
In The Practical to Becoming Worldly & Missional, Heath Watson gives us 10 practical tips on evangelism. Each item on the list below is explained further at the original article.
- Build Genuine Relationships
- It’s Ok to Say I Don’t Know
- Pray for them
- Invite them to Church
- Tomorrow is not promised
- Know your role in evangelism
- Seek to Glorify God in your conversation and attitude
- Meditate on the gospel
- Review Your conversion Often and Never grow too familiar with it.
Using Worldview to Share the Gospel
Blogger Glibert Kingsley writes an article for college students about using worldview to share the gospel. Ministries like Ravi Zacharias (www.rzim.org) use this approach. Nick Pollard’s book on Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult uses the same approach (see footnote for my reviews). Being Fluent in worldview issues will help you compare and contrast the world views and to help you see how a Biblical world view is the best option to making sense of reality.
- Evangelism Book Review: Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult
- Evangelism Book review: Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult Part 2