Evangelizing should come as naturally as breathing for a Christian, but more often than not, it’s avoided rather than embraced. Afraid we might offend, misquote, or appear narrow-minded, we sidestep the topic altogether. In our current climate of uber tolerance, suggesting there’s “only one way” looks provincial, even uneducated. So, how to begin?
Develop a Sense of Trust
At FEBC, we’ve been sharing Christ since 1945. During that time, we’ve learned a lot about reaching people with the Gospel.
In some countries, we speak openly of Jesus Christ and the remarkable gift of salvation God offers all people.
In other countries, we’re much more limited. Oftentimes, we can only share God’s love through actions, by engaging in the community where we minister and by providing health and safety-related programming that helps listeners lead healthier lives.
We also developed FIRST Response, an emergency radio system that assists survivors following a natural disaster. Our broadcasts help listeners find loved ones and locate desperately needed relief services.
Scripture teaches us that the Christian message should be conveyed through words and actions. That’s why wherever we serve, we enter with the purpose of loving and helping people. We speak through our actions, which is the compassionate thing to do. It’s also conducive to developing a relationship of trust. When trust is present, people are much more open to the truth.
Not a One-Time Event
The same approach works with individuals.
Sharing Christ with non-believing friends or co-workers needn’t be seen as a one-time event. Rather, it’s a process of cultivating a relationship and developing a level of trust. Then, when a conversation takes a turn towards spiritual matters, talking about faith feels natural not forced.
The truth is, we’re not all gifted to preach, but we are all called to share the love of Christ with others, which should be evident in how we live our lives.
Oftentimes, God uses more than one person to draw an individual to Himself. Several people may be instrumental in planting seeds in a person’s heart – sometimes over a period of years – before a commitment of faith is ever made.
Many FEBC listeners tell us they were first drawn to our programs by the kind and gentle spirit of our broadcasters. This, in turn, encourages them to tune in regularly, because they feel they are listening to a trusted friend:
“I lived in sin for so long that my parents and husband gave up on me. Drugs robbed me of everything. When I first heard your programs, I was desperate. What a surprise to discover so much love, acceptance, and good will in your messages; my heart just couldn’t contain it. I am free of drugs today and continue to grow as a Christian because of you.” (Svetlana from Siberia)
Your own words and actions can be as winsome as the broadcasters who drew Svetlana to Christ…and changed her life forever!
Share Your Own Story
Another approach is relating your own journey of faith. It’s often as convicting as any verse from the Bible, since no one can dispute it. It happened. And if they trust you, they can’t help but consider the veracity of it.
Whichever way feels most natural to you, ask God to use you so He can bless others, where people can “see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Mark 5:16).