Evangelism is important. It’s why God saves Christians (see 1 Peter 2:4-10). It’s a individual Christian’s most basic job. It’s a congregation’s most basic job. But, to be honest, most Christians don’t share the Gospel.
Why not? There are several reasons. I’ll name a few:
- Christians are often not taught how to do this in a thorough, systematic, substantive way.
- Christians are often taught a cheap, pre-scripted “presentation” method to share the Gospel. These are well-meaning but often worthless. They quickly become scripts the Christian wants to “get through” in order to “close the deal.”
- Some churches have completely abandoned the Bible’s command to actively evangelize the lost. They often content themselves with vague calls to “tell people about Jesus,” but do nothing to explain and teach how to do this. These churches are deliberately disobedient, and deserve to die.
- Some churches have abandoned biblical evangelism for a “seeker-sensitive,” watered-down, “wimpy” approach. They seek to “friendship” people to faith, and live in fear of offending anybody. To be sure, Christians should do everything possible to avoid being deliberately offensive. But, here is the truth – the Gospel is offensive. You have to tell them the Gospel, and that will make some people upset.
So, this page will serve as my own launching pad for some good resources and topics on evangelism. It won’t have all the answers, of course. But, it’ll have some good resources I think people will find helpful.
Teaching on Evangelism
How to Share the Gospel with Kids
The teaching notes (22 pages) are here.
Advice on Sharing the Gospel in Real Life
The teaching notes are here
Audio – Part 1
Audio – Part 2
Audio – Part 3
Resources for Evangelism
Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels. I’m not a fan of Hybels’ style of ministry, but this is a very, very good book. It’s easy to read, conversational, engaging, and extraordinarily practical. If you have the courage to simply walk across the room, and pray for the Spirit to steer your conversations and relationships with people towards the Gospel, you will have plenty of opportunities to share the Good News!
Workplace Grace: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work by Bill Peel and Walt Larimore. Let’s face it, you’ll have the most opportunities to share the Gospel at work. This book is very practical and very encouraging. Evangelism is not an event; it’s a process. Your job is to develop real friendships with people, and take opportunities to speak Biblical truth to them whenever you can, during the course of the day. This book is wonderful, and will introduce you to a whole new and natural way of sharing your faith.
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever. A short book about what evangelism is, what it isn’t, and how you should do it. You need to read this book.
Reaching the Lost: Evangelism. This is a Bible study about how to do evangelism, based on Mark Dever’s book (above). Very helpful.
Showing and Sharing My Faith by Pete Mothershead. Another Bible study about evangelism. Very good. I like it a bit more than the one above.