Before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus’ last words to His disciples were about sharing the Good News with others:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
One of the biggest callings for a Christian is to share the gospel with the world. This can be an intimidating task for many Christians. Thankfully, the Bible gives us some ideas for how to evangelize well.
Tip 1: Rely on the Power of the Holy Spirit
The first way to become a better evangelist is to understand that the gospel can only be understood by the power of the Holy Spirit. While it is definitely our responsibility to share the gospel with people around us, the Holy Spirit is necessary for making the unbeliever see their sin and need for a savior:
“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” -John 16:8
Acknowledging that the Holy Spirit is necessary for effective evangelism should be a comfort to Christians. We can be encouraged knowing that ultimately, not our own efforts, but the work of the Holy Spirit will make the hearer understand the gospel.
The integral role the Holy Spirit plays in evangelism means we need to be constantly asking for His guidance and power when we are having evangelistic conversations with unbelievers. We should be praying that we can speak the truth in love to the world (Eph. 2:15) and be Spirit-led children of God (Rom. 8:14).
Tip 2: Be a Good Listener
In order to be effective evangelists, we need to be quick to listen and slow to speak (Jas. 1:19)
Start an evangelistic conversation by asking the other person questions about their beliefs and why they hold them. Show them that you respect their ideas by being attentive and interested in what they have to say.
After gaining an in-depth understanding of someone’s perspective on spirituality, try to establish common ground with them. It is always possible to find someone ground with someone. If anything, acknowledge the mutual interest you and the other person have in defining spiritual beliefs.
It is only after developing a full understanding of another person’s views, why they hold them, and the common ground you both share, that you can begin to share the gospel with them.
Tip 3: Share the Word of God
In addition to being quick to listen to the perspective of an unbeliever, we also need to be quick to use the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 says that faith comes from hearing the Word of God:
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
One way to prepare for sharing the gospel with others is to memorize passages of Scripture. This is important because at the end of the day, the gospel is shared through the truth of Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Memorizing the ‘Romans Road’ can be a good place to start when talking to someone about the Good News. This collection of passages from Romans hits on why we need salvation, God’s plan of salvation, how to receive salvation, God’s promise of eternal life, and the results of salvation.
Sharing the gospel with others can be intimidating for many of us. When sharing about the hope you found in Jesus Christ remember: 1) The Holy Spirit has the ultimate power to make the gospel message understood 2) Be quick to listen and slow to speak 3) Faith comes from hearing the truth of Scripture
As you prepare to be a witness for Christ today, pray that you can navigate spiritual conversations with the gentleness, love, and boldness that Jesus did.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” -Ephesians 5:1-2