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.
Are you ready to share your faith?
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.
Acts 8:26-40 reads:
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)
How Philip was ready to share with the Ethiopian Official
1. Philip recognized the Lord’s prompting
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.
2. Philip knew the Good News about Jesus
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.
Develop 2 skills to share your faith
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).
1. Develop a vibrant personal spiritual life.
In order to be effective at personal evangelism, we need to be nurturing that relationship with Christ.
We do that through
- through our regular devotional time
- spending time in the Word of God
- spending time in prayer
- spending time giving, serving, and attending church
- growing in the community of faith,
- giving ourselves away in the community service programs of our church.
All of these things serve and nurture that vibrant relationship with Jesus.
This helps us to
- recognize the voice of the Lord when we are prompted.
- Be sensitive to those God given kairos moments.
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?
2. Know a version of the gospel story
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.
Order an Evangelism Training from me
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.