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Friendship Evangelism

May 22, 2010

Some of you might remember back when I started the series on Evangelism. We started talking about street evangelism. I personally prefer  friendship evangelism. It’s a little bit easier, because, you actually know the person, and you can “customize” your witnessing to their beliefs and personality. Something I like to do, is wait for them to bring “religion” up. The cool thing with this, is they don’t have to straight out ask you what you believe. They could say something like, “I’m really struggling with such and such right now.” or, “Look at the flowers, aren’t they pretty?” Or “I wonder how such and such works.” There are so many topics that lead straight back to God, Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Sometimes, your friends will bring something up. If they start talking about their religion, you can listen politely and then say, “That’s interesting, here’s what I think.” It doesn’t have to be an all out argument, just a calm discussion about your beliefs. Along those lines, your friend might come straight out and ask you what you believe. This is awesome, because they’ve opened the door wide open to let you say exactly what you want to say. It’s important, though, to be careful in both cases, not to bash the other person or their beliefs. I’ll never forget talking to my Mormon friend about the differences between our religions, and he told me it was nice to have a discussion without bashing. You can use logic and arguments, but you should have more of a “Let’s explore this together” rather than an, “I’m right, you’re wrong”‘ attitude. Another thing to keep in mind, you two are friends. The friendship is extremely important, yes, you want them to get saved, but that shouldn’t be the only reason for the friendship. If that’s the only reason, and you do not value your friend, they will never listen to you. Remember, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” — John C. Maxwell Hope this helps! In him, History Maker (AKA, Eden)

Make your own gospel tract

May 19, 2010

Gospel tracts are terrific. I really mean that, they’re terrific. They can be used when you don’t have enough time to start a conversation. They can be used to start a conversation. I’ve heard several stories of people that read a gospel tract which prompted them to trust in Jesus. I even heard of a friend of a friend who was hitchhiking, saw a dirty tract laying beside the road, read it, and believed in the saving power of Jesus.

There’s always a struggle for me to find a gospel tract that I really like. It either has good looks with a watered down gospel, or it’s got a bold gospel message with horrible looks. Some work really well, like the million dollar bill tract, but for older people, they don’t really cut it. With super tiny print and a silly design of fake moneys, they don’t work for seniors. But if you do get ones that older people would accept, you feel really funny about handing some teenager a glossy print picture of a rose with the words “You are special”.

Thats when another idea came to me: make my own personalized tract! People had talked about it and we had made one long ago as a family. So over the past year I’ve made four or so tracts all differing in subject and introductions but all having the essential points of the gospel that I knew it needed.

And here’s the cool thing, people seem to take them a lot easier. When you can smile, walk up to someone, and say, “Here, this is for you. I wrote it.” They seem to be a lot more able to accept the tract. I recently took a trip to California to see my grandpa and I took about fifty of the tracts along (the one in the picture above). I ended up only giving away about half as I walked through the airport, plane, and in town, but it was enjoyable. Pretty much the only people that didn’t accept the tract were people that didn’t even look at it; they just immediately rejected contact from a stranger.

So, it’d be a good idea for you to make your own gospel tract. A really good idea. What I did was find a computer program that easily makes quarter-fold cards. The first tracts I made had simple designs, you know, just large text on the front, and words on the inside and back. But I like graphics and pictures, so the more recent ones have more of that type stuff; the one in the picture can even be unfolded for more on the inside. After I make several revisions and had a few people read it, I printed several, folded them, and gave them away. Also, pray before writing, that’s really important. Oh, and use verses.

I think you get the basic idea. Go for it!

P.S. Don’t let tracts take the place of actually witnessing. That’s invaluable.

(Levi) Ask if you want to know more.

The importance of Scripture memory

May 26, 2009

Memorizing Scripture is an essential part of the Christian life.  It is even more essential to evangelism.  The Bible itself even says that it is a powerful tool for evangelism.  Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  The purpose of God’s Word is to draw people to Jesus.  If we use it, it will accomplish that purpose.  But honestly, who carries their Bible with them wherever they go?  I’m sure that it wouldn’t be a bad idea, but sometimes that could be impractical.  Therefore, in order for us to use the Bible in evangelism, and in order to be ready at all times, we need to memorize God’s Word.

Besides being ready to use Scripture in your evangelism, Scripture can also help us fight temptation.  The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  Besides the obvious reason of sin essentially being spitting in the face of God, we need to not sin so we can be a good witness to those around us.  If you do things that you know are wrong and don’t hold yourself to higher standards, it could seriously hurt your ability to witness to those around you, and it could also distort people’s view of Christianity.  Therefore, we must hide God’s Word in our hearts.

In Christ,

Matt

Side Note:  I have recently discovered a great event called the National Bible Bee.  It is a Scripture knowledge and memory competition.  You can get more information about it here, though the deadline for this year is past: http://www.biblebee.org.  Also, there is a tool for Scripture memorization at http://www.memorizehisword.com.  These are great tools and motivators for Scripture memory!

Start of Evangelism series

April 15, 2009

Hey all! I’ve been given the privilege of starting off the evangelism series.

So, I’ve decided to start off with what I like to call love evangelism. This is a really big subject, but I feel like God has been laying this on my heart more and more.  I have been evangelizing to my friends for a while now, but it’s only recently that I’ve started thinking about using this style of evangelism.

I think you have to start with understanding that every person you meet is just that, a person. And what’s more, if they’re hurting they don’t want you to throw a bible at them. They want you to understand them.  And if you think about it, that’s what Jesus did. He didn’t go around telling people to repent and turn to Him, he loved them and made friends.

I believe that if you live for you life for Christ, and spend more time loving people than you do preaching at them, they will notice a difference, and want to know why you are different.  I’m not saying that you should never bring up the gospel, I’m simply saying that it might be better to start a relationship first.

This brings me to another point, when you do get into a “religious” discussion, you have to be careful not to bash the person or their beliefs. Nobody wants to be yelled at, and nobody really wants to be told they’re wrong. I had the best results when I took this approach. Instead of attacking my friend and his religion, I listened to what he believed and then showed him what I believe. This particular person believes in the Bible so, I showed him what he said, and what the Bible said. While I didn’t actually bring him to Christ, I believe God helped me to plant seeds.

I hope this has caused you to think about your approach to evangelism.

In Christ,

History Maker

Don’t Sugarcoat the Gospel

November 22, 2008

This is a problem that must be avoided.  Matthew 16:24 says, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’ ”  Matthew 5:10-12 says: “10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Persecution will come.  If it isn’t, then you are not doing anything about your faith (see our post “Persecution”).  This is part of being a follower of Christ.  You need to let people know what they are getting themselves into.  Now, obviously, you can’t say “Are you sure?” as that will turn them away for sure.  But you can’t just go around saying, “Follow Christ and your life will be perfect” because that isn’t true.  It will be hard, but the point is that Christ will help us get through those hard times.  He won’t eliminate them.  In Matthew 13:5-6 it says: “Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.”  Basically, this is saying that the Word of God (the seed) was well received in these people (the stony soil).  But after they realized that life was not going to be absolutely perfect, they fell away (sun coming up and plants wilting).  This is what will happen if we describe life in Jesus that way.  We will win many people, but few of them will be true Christians.  This is so important to remember.  Kindly tell people that life will not be perfect, but that Jesus will help them get through those hard times.  Hope this helps!

In Christ, Matt

The Power of Prayer

November 15, 2008

Hey everyone,

This is probably one of the most important aspects of evangelism.  This is true for several reasons.  The first reason is that it helps us to remember that we are not the ones who are convincing people to turn to Christ.  That is not our job; the Holy Spirit takes care of that.  Also, it helps us to stay humble.  Many times people make the mistake of becoming proud, and the sometimes they even feel like they are better than people who aren’t Christians.  This is very dangerous, and it often completely turns people away from Christ.  Finally, God wants us to pray.

Prayer is an extremely important part of evangelism. It can help us to love those we don’t want to love. How many stories have you heard of people having a hard time with people and then praying for and loving them? If we pray for those people we don’t get along with. God can give us a heart to serve, love, and evangelize.

Prayer could be illustrated this way: Pretend your in a valley in the Sahara desert. The sand dunes reach up high on every side. You are in the army and it’s your job to shoot the enemy with missiles. So you set your rocket launcher in the sand and start shooting them over the dune. You fire and fire not knowing if you’re hitting or missing, but that doesn’t mean you stop. Just because you don’t know if your hitting doesn’t mean it worthless. So keep sending prayer after prayer to God, you may not be able to see if does any damage to the enemy. but it probably is . Don’t give up! Mat 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mat 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. ”

Another reminder to pray: Eph 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Often when we see things going wrong physically they are also going wrong spiritually. We must pray to actually do something about them.”

Excuses

October 4, 2008

As my mom likes to put, “Excuses are reasons wrapped in a lie.” When trying to witness it is so easy to give in to excuses. I go through several probably everyday. I thought that I’d make a list of things I commonly think up so that other can add and so we can all come to realize them.

Picture yourself looking at another person you feel you should go talk to and your thinking:

Oh, they’re busy with something else. I’mtoo busy with something else that I need to do. People might have to wait on me if I talked to that person. He’s got ear buds on. I’m in a hurry. She’s talking to someone. I’d better not interrupt. He might be offended. He could be in a hurry. They might get really scared of me or something.

God wants us to reach the lost, but if we always make excuses or justify what we do, it won’t happen. Listen to God, and if he tells you to talk to someone or give them a tract, Do It! If you have other excuses that come to you, you could comment them, so that we can identify them more clearly.

Levi

Must do items.

October 3, 2008

Rebuke Satan

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The word “resist” means:

1)to set one’s self against, to withstand, resist, oppose

2) to set against

I believe that it is very important to rebuke the Devil (especially while soul winning). It may sound superstitious to you, but really, Jesus did it. Satan is the Deceiver, he will tempt people with wrong thoughts. You can command him to leave the person or place. God says He gave you that authority. Also, I think it should be said out loud. Satan can’t read our thoughts. So a simple, “Satan I rebuke you from these people and this place (and myself)” or “Satan I command you to get out of me and these people in the name and the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”. And don’t forget to ask God to fill the place in Satan’s stead.

Say verses

Isa. 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

God says that His word will not return void. Say verses when leading someone to Christ. It’s so important, because God’s word is much more powerful than any thing we could say. Some good one’s are “Jesus saith unto him I am the Way…” and “There is one mediator between…” and “For God so loved the world…”.

Recently I talked to a two separate groups of teens. I forgot to rebuke Satan and I said very few verses. The teens weren’t very receptive and they brought up a lot of disagreements like: “I have different beliefs.”, “I don’t believe in Hell.”, “I’m agnostic.”, etc. Then about three days later I saw some guys skateboarding and stuff. I remembered my mom’s advice to rebuke Satan (command him away, and pray for God’s spirit to come). I did that and I also said a lot of verses. The guys barely said anything remotely against what I was saying!(I would be pretty sure that they weren’t already Christians. : ). They also look very repentant for their sins. The boy that looked the most hurt or wicked took a scrap of paper with Bible references I’d written on it, and he went home. Praise God! I would contribute the dramatic change to the verses and rebuking of Satan that God reminded me of. Otherwise, I said almost the exact same things to all the teens.

Don’t miss out on God’s great results!

Levi

Tips: Don’t be too pushy

October 1, 2008

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you in on a witnessing tip.  I know, from personal experience, that if you are too pushy and basically try to force the gospel on someone, you will have an effect that is opposite from what you want.  You will actually make them not want listen to you, or anyone else for that matter, about Christ.  It is really hard to deal with this once you realize the mistake that you have made, so be extremely careful.  Hope this Helps!

In Christ, Matt