Several years ago I gave a personal evangelism seminar for the regional expression of the Presbyterian Church.
At the end of it, somebody filled out an evaluation form and comments,
“You didn’t talk about the need for a relationship with Christ.”
Maybe this commenter had an agenda or litmus test I unknowingly had to pass.
Maybe this person didn’t really hear the four hours of the workshop because I didn’t touch on the pet theme this person was listening for.
At first, I took offense because I felt I not been understood.
But then as I pondered this comment further, I discovered that I have two foundational assumptions in my personal evangelism seminar.
Foundation for Personal Evangelism #1
Here is my first foundation for personal evangelism:
You have a personal relationship with Christ.
To me, a personal relationship with Christ is a given.
The goal of a personal evangelism seminar is to help train people to help a person find faith in Christ, not just join a church.
I have been transformed by the grace of Christ, started following Christ out of an irreligious household when I was a teenager, and have given my life into the service of God’s kingdom.
The grace of Christ that has captured me is what propels me to serve the poor, live on mission work, and seek to make a difference by planting churches and reaching the lost.
One needs a vibrant personal relationship with Christ because that’s where the fuel for personal evangelism is found. The vibrancy of our own faith propels us to share the good news of what Christ has done, and how God is using us to change the world.
Without a personal relationship with Christ, personal evangelism has no purpose, no power, and no message.
Foundation for Personal Evangelism #2
Here is my second foundation for personal evangelism:
The Holy Spirit can lead us and that we can discern the work of the Holy Spirit in a particular moment.
I believe that God leads us by His Holy Spirit. I believe that God leads us as we experience His voice, a skill we cultivate by having that relationship with Christ.
We can learn to recognize the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
That’s an operating assumption I have in my personal evangelism seminars. The foundational passage is from Acts 8, the story of Phillip and the Ethopian Eunuch.
A little over a year ago, I was teaching a workshop, and an attendee raised his hand at the back and he says,
“Chris, you seem to think God talks to you.”
I wasn’t sure if this person was joking, or stating the fact as if I was having a completely foreign experience to him.
We can learn to recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit and how God can speak to us in an instant.
Two Foundational assumptions
These two assumptions under gird all my teaching on personal evangelism.
Without a relationship with Christ, we simply put forth propositional truth that we haven’t received nor benefited from it.
Without a relationship with Christ, we can’t learn to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice.
Without recognizing God’s prompting, we miss the sight of dozens of witnessing opportunities each day that the Lord would give us.
Watch this video to see what I mean: Every Life Tells A Story.
James H. Calhoun
..What sins are you struggling with right now that you need to confess to God?…….. ..Would you like to reaffirm Jesus Lordship in your life?..If so then use the following prayer as a model…..Dear Jesus today I want to come back to you.I acknowledge that I have not submitted to your Lordship in my life.Instead I have made myself lord of my life and have followed the path that Satan wanted me to go on. I renounce all ties to the evil one and reject his authority over my life.
I love your good work, please keep it up. May the good Lord grant you more wisdom to impact the church on soul-winning. I would like to speak with you on phone . Thanks
Thanks Godwin. I’ve recently been at work preparing pastors for leading personal evangelism in their congregation. . . I hope to share some of that wisdom here on the website soon.
This is a powerful message and training for evangelism in Africa.as a national director of evengelism in my church .i emmulate and encouraged by your powerful teachings .may the keeps on open doors for resources for this ministry.
Dear Christ hello,
I am interested by your methods of evangelism.
Then I want to learn from you for to evangelize my country (TOGO, west Africa)