We’ve all heard it. Maybe we’ve even said it: I don’t have the gift of evangelism, so I can’t share the gospel. The truth is, we’ve ALL been called to share the gospel, whether the Lord chose to give us the gift of eloquent words as we share or not. Jesus told the disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses…” He didn’t say some of them would receive the Holy Spirit and that some of them would be witnesses. All of them would receive the same Holy Spirit and all of them were called to be witnesses.
The same is true for every believer. When you professed Jesus Christ as Lord and committed to walk in His ways, you received the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit given to the disciples lives in you, believer. So sharing the gospel then isn’t a matter of giftedness but of learning and practicing how to do it well.
1. Questions to ask
The hardest part is beginning the conversation. But this doesn’t have to be complicated. Look for a conversation starter. In a restaurant or grocery line, ask about the cross the person serving you is wearing or the quote tattoo on their arm. Often the answer will give you insight for follow up questions, such as: "Do you have a faith? Do you go to church anywhere?" No matter how they answer, you now have an opportunity to share about your church or the gospel in a way that connects with them.
2. What to listen for
Many Americans associate faith with works and Jesus as one way to Heaven instead of the only way to Heaven. When you ask questions, pause to listen instead of planning your next statement. Do their answers indicate a reliance on being a good person to earn eternity? Do they have a wrong view of God, faith, or the church? Listen, empathize, respond, and then ask permission to share what you believe based on God’s Word. They may be more willing to give you an open window if you seek to understand and then ask permission to share.
3. When to speak
No need to preach a sermon. Some situations will allow you to say more than others. With a busy server at a restaurant, ask if you can pray for something or even with them. Explain that you believe prayer is powerful because we serve a God who bends down to listen and is big enough to answer (Psalm 116:2). You are planting a seed for the goodness of God. Other times, you may have the opportunity to share the gospel in detail. Memorize the Roman's Road. Open the Bible app on your phone and walk them through our sin, God’s provision in sending His Son, the power of the resurrection, and the grace we don’t deserve in a choice to follow the Lord and live eternally with Him. We have provided a resource for you to use as you practice.
Practice breeds confidence and prayer provides opportunities. Ask the Lord to show you opportunities to share His love with the people you come in contact with. Your job is to be obedient to speak and live in such a way that reflects God (Luke 12:11-12). His job is convicting and drawing people to Himself. You don’t have to control the process or feel defeated. Just be faithful. The Lord desires that no man perish (2 Peter 3:9), and you never know what your faithfulness might accomplish down the road when another believer steps in to follow up on what you began by planting a seed.
Written by First Dallas Staff