In this edition of the Street Evangelism blog, I’d like to share some of the tips and techniques I’ve picked up over the years. Experience is king, but there’s nothing worse than going out there unprepared. It’s my hope that you are able to add these techniques to your arsenal so that you feel more confident to do this yourself!
Just as a precursor, many of the things I’m about to share with you come directly from my training with my pastor, Brian Clark. You can find out more about him and my church, Crossroads Baptist Church by visiting noreligionjustjesus.org
WHAT TO SAY
One of the hardest things about evangelism is knowing what to say. I would say there are many methods for sharing the Gospel out there, but the method we’re most familiar with at my church is John 14:6. Here’s how you might use this in real life:
‘Excuse me Sir/Madam can I ask you a question? Who do you think Jesus Christ is?’
Listen to their response.
‘That’s really interesting. Did you know the Bible says… share the gospel (e.g. John 14:6)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) (KJV)
Jesus is saying that there is only way to be right with God the Father and that is through Him
Jesus says he is the life...
Because the Bible says, without Christ, we are all dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1), separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), and are condemned to everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). What you need is eternal life - Jesus is the life you need.
Jesus says he is the truth...
Because the Bible says the reason we are in this condition is because we have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. We worship ourselves instead of worshipping him (Romans 1:25). (1 John 5:20). You need to worship the true God - Jesus is the one true God.
Jesus says he is the way...
Because the Bible says Jesus is the only way that we can be forgiven of our sins (Colossians 1:14). Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice to God to pay for all of our sins and then he rose from the grave to defeat death (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). You need a way to save your soul - Jesus is the only way.
This world and religion teach that you should try and be a good person and just maybe you will make it. Jesus taught, good people don’t go to heaven, forgiven people do. Jesus is the only way to be forgiven and reconciled back to God.
‘What do you think about that?’
Allow the person to respond again.
‘That’s really interesting. Let me ask you a question. Would you like to discuss this further?’
Allow the person to respond
If they say yes ask them if they would like to get some coffee so that you can open the Bible and show them the truth about Jesus. Then ask them for a mobile number so you can contact them later and make arrangements.
If they say no, then just give them a tract and tell them that the church details are on the back and that they can call if they change their mind. Finally, thank them and say goodbye.
HELPFUL THINGS TO SAY
‘If I am wrong, who cares. But if what the Bible says is true then your soul is at stake.’
'Don’t roll the dice with your life.'
'Your soul is far too valuable to leave this unchecked.'
'You owe it to yourself to see if this true or not.'
JUST A TRAIN OF THOUGHT
Have you ever wondered about how to share the gospel on the train? Okay, I won’t lie to you, this is by far one of the most nerve wracking and uncertain contexts to strike up a conversation. This is hardly surprising since you’ll either be seated or standing right next to the person with nowhere to go. Secondly, it’s likely you’ll have an audience listening in.
But if you think about it, it’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity to get the gospel to people who would usually turn you down flat. The technique I use is quite friendly and it invites the person into a conversation rather than ramming it down their throats.
The first thing you’ll want to do is install a decent Bible app on your smartphone or tablet. There’s lots to choose from out there so I’ll leave that with you. If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet, this could work just as well with a regular leather bound Bible. Open up to John 14:6 and take some time to read it. Turn to the person next to you and say the following:
‘Excuse me sir/madam. Hello, sorry to disturb you but I was wondering if I could ask you a question?’
Wait for their response
‘I’ve been reading something and I’m really interested to get someone’s opinion. Would that be okay?’
If they say yes, show them the passage on your phone and tell them it’s a verse from the Bible. Read out the verse and ask them what they think about it. From here you have the option to use the method above.
If they say no, just politely accept their response and enjoy the rest of your journey. You should never be discouraged if you get turned down. As my pastor always tells me, ‘Our true measure for success is obedience.’
Adam Brennan is a digital producer at Premier
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