Use these simple tools for evangelising, and building up your personal relationship with God.
Ministry and Outreach
Evangelism—it’s no longer a scary thing to carry out, and you’re ready to practise. Is it time to grab the signpost and and fog horn? Must all of your conversations now revolve about Jesus? What will your mates, friends and family start thinking about you if you talk to them about the Lord? And what will God think if you don’t?
Below you will find some simple tips that can make sharing the good news more refreshing, fruitful, and even fun!
1. It’s about starting a conversation.
Often time in evangelism, one of the most hardest things to do is to start a conversation. Once we overcome this hurdle, there are multiple ways to introduce God, and He will help open the door.
Starting with people you already know is a great place to get things moving? It could be your workmates, friends, any you see on a regular basis.
Ask them basic questions like "how are they doing— genuinly ! Usually, your sincerity will be recognised by your tone and willingness to listen. Ask if they need help by prayer for anything, it could be physical healing or particular direction in their lives, and offer to pray for them on the spot. After you have prayed, Check if there is improvement regarding the situation, or if they felt anything change. God loves to show up and speak!
You can also share your personal expearience regarding the message of salvation from the Bible and what God has revealed to. Almost any question can point to faith, so see what works for you.
Partnering with a more experienced evangelist to learn from, can be a great way to sharpen your skills. Take it in turns to start the conversation, and your confidence will incresae for you to do it on your own. After a little practice, you will will speak about Jesus with simplicity!
2. It’s about relationship.
Evangelism is about people—God’s love for people and His desire to connect them to Christ. We demonstrate His love to others by talking, listening, and meeting their real needs, from a practically and spiritual standpoint.
Christians are called to love and serve everyone—even our enemies (Mt. 5:44)! This makes our light to shine so that whosoever is lost willl want to know the “reason for the hope” that we have (1 Pet. 3:15).
Never underestimate the impact that a few minutes daily can have on someone, classmate, or friend. Ask the Lord to highlight people in your life He wants you to invest in, and start to relax and relate to them. You may be the only person who lends an ear or goes out of your way to meet their needs, even if it’s just the desire for conversation.
Listening is a powerful skill! People love to talk about what’s valuble to them, and being attentive will give you insight into their lives and make them more likely to hear you when you speak.
Jesus listened to the woman at the well and asked her several questions before revealing that He was the Messiah (Jn. 4:7–26).
Relationships require trust, and trust breeds commitment. Trust is built by listening, serving, and loving others with our resources. Evangelism takes time, and time is one of the greatest gifts we can give.
3. It’s about God and His Word.
The salvation message is simple: Christ died to save sinners (Rom. 5:8). There are other parts of the story—such as creation, the fall, and how to enter the kingdom through repentance and faith—but we never want to depart from the core truth.
Don’t be sidetracked into conversations and arguments that don’t relate to the simple subjects of Christ’s sacrifice and love. It’s very difficult to debate someone into the kingdom, and God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom (1 Cor. 1:25). We—and the people we’re talking to—can’t wait until we have absolutely everything figured out to believe.
The gospel requires faith in a God we can’t see, but who is more real than everything we do see. In 1 John 2:17, the apostle writes that “the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
God created the world, sent His Son to die in our place, and is coming again to establish an everlasting reign of righteousness on the earth. This is the glorious story that we are inviting others into!
There is a place to answer people’s questions and objections, but our answers must be grounded in the truth of who God is and what He’s done, which is revealed in His Word. Using culture and other means to convey the message is valid, as long as it points people to the core gospel truths.
Here’s a final tip: As with most things, it’s best to start small and be consistent. Sharing faith can be like developing a new muscle—your first attempts may feel weak, but over time your efforts will become easier and stronger.
Evangelism is a dual process of learning and producing fruit. Remember that it’s “God who gives the increase” as we labor faithfully with Him:
“Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers.” (1 Cor. 3:7–9)