Ideas on Sharing the Gospel

I’m going to admit upfront that I don’t share the Gospel as much as I can or should.  I’m going to guess, correct me if I’m wrong, that this is common amongst the brethren (I don’t mean inviting someone to church).  We have a hard enough time living the Gospel much less actually sharing it which is the very reason we need it.  Voddie Baucham said in a sermon that Christians think they can just “live” the Gospel to a point that people around you will see your example and eventually ask you for it.  Yeah, Voddie didn’t buy that and neither do I.  Don’t get me wrong, I always encourage who I can, including myself, to live the Gospel.  If you aren’t living for Christ it certainly makes for an uncomfortable conversation when you do attempt to share the Gospel with someone who has witnessed your daily actions.

What I want to touch on here is some ideas of how we can break the barrier of personal fear and share the Gospel more and more.  First, in the USA we are not going to be killed for it nor physically injured.  We might feel rejected and uncomfortable and to that it’s very easy to say, “So what?” though not as easy to perform that “So what?” 

One idea I’ve used is when someone asks how you’ve been doing is add into your statements something like “and worshipping God which is something I look forward to every week.”  Something along those lines allows you to enter God into the conversation early.  You may even touch on the benefits of the Gospel as long as you don’t make them your central reasons for appealing to Christ.

One of the toughest things is sharing the Gospel with old friends who knew you in your past.  They know you’ve changed, but they don’t really want to hear it.  I accidentally sent one friend a link to Derek Webb’s new downloadable album online and he jokingly said I was just trying to get him to listen to Christian music. 

Ideas anyone?  I’d love to hear them.  How about stories of how you’ve shared the Gospel with old friends or even strangers?  I’d love to hear them too.  This would be a great encouragement to hear.  I wish we learned more (at all?) about personal evangelism in our churches.

Mark

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1 Laura November 12, 2006 at 6:43 pm

One thing we’re learning down here (Slidell, LA, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), is that we have to just be willing to open our mouths to say SOMETHING whenever the occasion arises. We see people who are still hurting, still in need, still dazed, still in need of physical helps, but also asking questions like, “Why did God allow this?” As Solomon says in Eccl 7:2-4, it’s better to be around suffering, mourning, loss, because it makes you think of eternity (my paraphrase). Sometimes, they deny that God could’ve been involved at all in the devastation that has occurred, which is when we are compelled to confront them with His sovereignty in all things, even hurricanes (Is 45:7, Amos 3:6). Then, there are the ones who are mad at God (this anger seems to come in many different guises) because they expected Him to protect, etc., and He didn’t. They need to know that He is not obligated to do anything for any of us because of our inborn wickedness. But, then, they need to hear the Good News, that while we deserve nothing but hell from God, He offers grace and mercy to those He chooses. Ultimately, we hope to impart that to everyone who comes to us for assistance. Those who will hear, will hear, and those who won’t, won’t.

2 Paul L. November 20, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Mark, if you get a chance. You can listen to me describe my attempts to share the Gospel with two women on a flight back from the AOMin confer. Listen to the last 20 min. of STR 11-05-06. http://www.str.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Radio_Archives
Paul.

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