In our personal evangelism seminars, I have found that most participants have heard of a particular gospel script and think they know how to use it.
In fact, if you are an evangelism trainer, you can use this exercise to help the audience discover that they need to work on knowing a gospel presentation.
The practice I use
You can do the same.
First, use a whiteboard.
Draw the pictures and go through the script as if you are with a live person.
Second, get them to do it in groups.
ask participants to break up into groups of two, and share the gospel via a Bridge Illustration (or their own favorite) with their partner.
You’ll hear a collective gasp in the room as the audience suddenly panics.
I’ve been doing this for nearly 10 years and it happens every time.
People will feel awkward and a little disoriented, but they will try it.
Third, debrief the experience
After a while, coach through the process and debrief the exercise together and they will have seen that they may not be prepared for those random evangelism conversations that happen during the ordinary course of life.
“I thought I knew how”
This hands on experience reveals to most participants that they don’t really know how to present the Bridge Illustration, nor are they initially comfortable with the script.
This practical group exercise
- Helps you practice your presentation
- Reveals gaps in your own understanding
- Increases comfort when the kairos moment comes.
- Reveals your use of Christianeese (words that only make sense to Christians).
- Have you picked a gospel script to use as your default setting?
- Are you so familiar with it that you can go through it with ease and flexibility?
Find a good friend and ask permission to practice going through your default setting.
- Where do you need to improve your presentation?
- What Christianeese do you need to remove?
- What was clear as mud?
- What was clear as crystal?
- What part do you need to remember more clearly?
If you speak with a non-Christian, let them know you are practicing — that helps alleviate some of the inherent tension in a religious conversation.
God can still use it however in bringing a person to faith, but you’ve shared your motive ahead of time with some integrity.
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