He that win souls is wise.
The last call from the Lord after the resurrection was to go out and tell people what He did.
But it seems to evangelize is hard.
Your challenges are most likely;
What do I say when I start evangelizing?
How can I start a conversation with a total stranger?
What if they say no and walk away?
I don’t think people need to hear what I have to say.
These objections as good as they sound are not acceptable.
And I am going to show you how to overcome these challenges.
You might be an introvert. Or you don’t like meeting new people. Well, the Lord has a way to make use of you if you let Him.
If you have made Jesus Christ your Lord, then this is a call you cannot shy away from.
You have to embrace it and follow what the Lord commanded.
The world around you needs the gospel. You have to preach it.
One way to make the best out of evangelizing is to know that you have the backing of heaven anytime you do it.
Have you ever noticed how quick Americans brag about their country?
An American knows his/her government would go out of their way to ensure they are safe in a foreign land.
That confidence assures them of safety.
This is the same attitude you should have as a child of God and more.
Your citizenship is in heaven.
You are an ambassador of heaven to earth.
This should excite you to preaching the kingdom of heaven to people around you.
But the gap is that you don’t even know what you have.
Understanding the gospel makes evangelizing easy.
One reason you may find it hard to preach the gospel is that the freedom you want to preach might be eluding you.
Imagine going to people and telling them Jesus can set them free when you know you have secret sins.
That’s hypocrisy, right?
You are hence limiting what God can do because you think His power is not perfected in your life.
This is the reason you don’t preach yourself when you are evangelizing.
The purpose of preaching the gospel is Jesus Christ.
Don’t look at how many mistakes you have made.
Instead, focus on what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
The beauty of preaching the gospel despite your shortcomings is that you get to hear yourself talk about the love of Christ.
And the more you talk about it the more His presence grows in your consciousness.
The truth is that all men on earth fail at a point on a daily basis.
You can fail in your thoughts or deeds. We have all failed.
When you brood on your mistakes, it will grow and discourage you from sharing your faith.
But when you speak of Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross you remind yourself of His love.
This is another advantage of preaching the gospel.
You get to remind yourself of the beauty of His sacrifice.
Don’t focus on weaknesses. It will make you feel weak and not follow through with sharing your faith.
Instead, preach Jesus and Him alone.
What to say when evangelizing.
I disagree with evangelizing with the testimony about your life.
Because it puts you in the spotlight.
Don’t get me wrong. There is a place for testimonies. But this is amongst the brethren and not for unbelievers.
When evangelizing one name should supersede every other.
It is the name of Jesus Christ.
On knowing what to say, you only have to be human at this point.
Get to know the person. Have a conversation.
Introduce yourself. Be nice. Smile. Be human.
People are not as hard as they look.
A simple smile can trigger conversations.
Be observant. Look around and find something to talk about. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Short conversations have led countless people to Christ.
You only have to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His leading.
Don’t walk away without giving the person an opportunity to confess Jesus Christ as Lord with their mouth.
This is important because it is in the scriptures.
It is not enough to give fliers and invite people to church and walk away. Who said they would come?
You have to make sure you sow seeds of the Word before the person leaves you.
This means you have to know some verses in the Bible to share with them.
Remember that preaching Jesus Christ is sharing the love of God with them.
Tell them how God loves them without conditions.
Don’t remind them how bad they are.
This is the reason most young people are running from some churches.
The church continues to tell them how bad they are.
Every bad person knows how bad they are.
Don’t remind them how bad they are.
And please don’t threaten them with hell and brimstone.
Your message is the good news.
You should focus on telling them that God has nothing against them.
Tell them God forgave all the sins they will commit and He wants to love them despite all their mistakes.
Follow this up by telling them that the reason God can do this is that of Jesus Christ.
Doing this makes you preach Jesus and His finished work.
People are not rejecting the gospel.
The problem is that we are not preaching the Good News.
We have been keen on preaching behavior modifications.
But remember that if people can change their behaviors without Jesus Christ there would be no need for Jesus Christ.
Always make it a point to tell people that God’s love is available without conditions.
They can access His love by making Jesus Christ their Lord and savior.
What if they walk away or say no?
In evangelizing you will learn to accept rejection.
This is common to everyone that shares the gospel.
As good as your message will sound, some people will walk away.
This is not peculiar to you.
People rejected Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul was rejected.
Many of the apostle and disciples of Jesus Christ died as martyrs.
They were rejected to the point of death.
These days we are not rejected to the point of death while evangelizing.
But we still suffer the pains of watching people say no to the beautiful message of the gospel.
So keep it in mind.
Not everyone you meet will listen to what you have to say.
Don’t blame yourself when this happens.
It is not your fault.
Here is a scripture to help when this happens…
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. Acts 5:41 KJV
If we must share in His glory we must also suffer with Him.
Our sufferings today doesn’t come in chains and stripes. Although some of our brethren still suffer such in some places.
But your suffering comes because we have to face rejection and ridicule because you preach your savior.
Evangelising the name of Jesus Christ is a great privilege.
When you are rejected, keep your eyes on the master whose command you are following.
Tools for evangelizing.
One of the reasons social media is growing these days is to make preaching the gospel easier.
If you are an introvert social media makes evangelising easy.
These days you don’t need a phone number to be in touch with anyone.
An email address, twitter handle, Facebook ID will do.
Why don’t you use these tools?
Connect with people on these platforms and talk about Jesus.
I used to own a blackberry phone.
What I did at that time was to do a regular broadcast to people in my messenger.
If you decide to connect with me via blackberry messenger, you should at least hear what I have to say.
Some people left my messenger after a while because they claimed I was disturbing them.
Broadcasts can be irritating. When they are meaningless and baseless.
The Gospel doesn’t fall into that category.
You can start with one message a week. Track how that works and grow from there.
I didn’t mind losing some connections, as long I am preaching Jesus.
At the same time, I had private conversations with me about the gospel.
And I enjoyed every bit of it.
Today I run a twitter session called Renewed Walk.
In this sessions, I talk about Jesus and His saving grace.
I am enjoying it and I have been doing that every Friday for 3 years now.
So use the media.
Talk about Jesus Christ.
Tell the people in your network about His love.
You don’t know who needs to hear what you have to say, don’t be silent.
God loves evangelism.
It is the Lord’s way of sharing what His Son did on the cross.
If it were possible for angels to preach Jesus Christ then they would be no need for you to do it.
But God has given you this privilege to tell your immediate world about His Son Jesus Christ.
This is the reason the only name you must emphasize when preaching the gospel is Jesus Christ.
Talk about His love and how He proved it on the cross.
You will have to learn how to face rejection as you start evangelizing.
All the great apostles who ever lived faced rejection.
You won’t be an exception.
But keep it in mind that if you suffer with Him, you will also share in His glory.
The gospel must be preached.
Did I miss any means to share the gospel? Please share your experiences in the comment below.