Sharing the Gospel with Confidence
“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” —Psalm 139:13-14
No evangelism training would be complete without a discussion of how to clearly present the plan of salvation. Pocket Testaments offer an easy-to-follow guide for explaining how God has provided a way to bridge the gap between our sin and His holiness.
The Pocket Testament opens with a section titled, “Finding the answers to life’s most important questions.” This is a great place to begin with someone unaware or unclear about God’s saving grace. It briefly addresses the questions, “Where did I come from? and “Why am I here?” From there, it moves into a tried-and-true Gospel presentation illustrating how Jesus acts as a bridge between sinful people and our Holy God. It goes on to ask, “Which way are you going? using arrows to portray the path to heaven and hell.
When God opens the door for a conversation, a Pocket Testament can guide your discussion. Simply read through the first pages. When you get to the arrow illustration, ask which one represents their life and projected path. As they reflect, pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to speak to their heart. If they respond to your question by pointing to the arrow “Lost without Christ,” ask them if they’d like to change that. Then, guide them through reading the next section, which will explain how to find their way to God and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Consider how you could share the Gospel
Tim (Illinois) shares his experience using a Pocket Testament to guide his opportunity to present the Gospel. “After checking out, I told the cashier I had a gift for her and showed her two different Pocket Testaments. I asked her which one she’d like. She jumped at the chance to receive the rose cover. This opened up an impromptu 15-20 minute conversation in which I was able to share the Gospel, encourage the reading of God's Word, and go through most of the "bridge" illustration. Although we had to end our conversation because other customers came in, the foundation of the Gospel message was laid along with an invitation to return to discuss other spiritual matters.”
What an amazing testimony of how God can use us to minister if we’re just available and equipped. Don’t be discouraged or afraid; go forward praying that the Holy Spirit will present an opportunity to share. When it happens, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You’re the only one who knows what you’ve practiced saying. It’s all new information to the person you’re addressing. If you get out of order or share a scripture instead of looking at an illustration, just trust the Lord that He is leading.
We’re going to put the elements you’ve been studying into practice. You’ll need to find someone you don’t know, but with whom you could open up a conversation.
Try public places like malls, restaurants, gyms, etc. Even though we’re training to minister to women facing unplanned pregnancies, today’s lesson of presenting the Gospel is the same in all situations.
Begin a casual conversation that asks questions about someone’s well-being or makes a connection over common interests. Look for the opportunity to turn the conversation toward spiritual matters. Offer a Pocket Testament as a gift (consider Tim’s strategy of a choice between two cover options). As you give the Gospel, pray the Holy Spirit will allow you to continue the conversation. Offer to show the person what is inside the gift and use it as you guide to share the Gospel.
Here’s one example of how you can shift a conversation to address the Gospel. If someone shares that something bad, troubling or painful is occurring in their life, you can offer to pray for them, right then and there. Then you could say something like, “Times like this remind me how fragile life is, and how things can happen to us at any time. How ready are you if something devastating were to happen in your life?” Use their response to offer the Gospel as the only true comfort and source of peace in these troubling times.
Lord, I pray 2 Corinthians 9:8 over my ministry efforts - “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Please prepare my heart and mind to share with those you will bring across my path. Open opportunities to speak your truth into the lives of the lost, bringing them hope and encouragement through your Word. Please cast out any sin or prejudice in my life that would hinder my ability to serve, and build me back up more faithful to you. Thank you for the ability to freely evangelize in your name. I love you Lord Jesus. Amen.
Join the Conversation!
Share your thoughts, insights and questions in the comments section below. Below are some discussion questions to get the conversation started:
- How has your preparation in sharing the Gospel for your homework assignments been going?
- Are you putting any extra pressure on yourself or do you feel comfortable that you are allowing God to lead your presentations?
- In what ways do you feel you still need help / strength / encouragement?
- Has anyone turned away from you in anger or aggression upon your attempt to share the Gospel? If you haven’t had that experience yet, think about how you might respond if it does happen.