Is it too simple? Have we missed it in its simplicity? The Great Commission is clear. We are to go and make disciples. The method by which we do that is fuzzy. Over the past 2 decades there have been a plethora of models for sharing the Gospel. Yet, the statistics of my denomination have not adjusted much toward more involvement. In this information crazed age, we are more educated on how to do it than we are actually engaging in evangelism.
For those who know but have not yet engaged, here are a few pointers to guide you. EVERY person either goes to Heaven or Hell after death. There are no exceptions. EVERY person you know, or come into contact with, is heading toward one or the other. The only way you going to discover which way is to talk to them.
Yes. We have to say something. Our lives are not going to draw people to Jesus without saying something. Who among us lives so perfectly that people want to know Jesus by watching us. It is more likely that by watching us people will be willing to listen to us talk about Jesus, as long as our lives are reflecting the presence of the Holy Spirit.
How can we turn a conversation toward Jesus?
Pray. Ask the Spirit to move ahead of you in the lives of people around you. Ask that you have discernment to know when to press and when to release.
Pay Attention. People are more likely to be interested in spiritual matters around life events. Moments such as births, deaths, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, and even sorrows can open up the doors for a conversation.
Listen Carefully. There are several ways we listen, and most of the time it i not with our heart. We listen for what interests us more than actually hearing what is being said. We listen in order to react rather then respond. If we listen to people with our heart and engage in the conversation is shows love,
Jesus love. Care about them more than your own need to jump in and solve the problem. Listen and hear and feel.
Ask Good Questions. One helpful book is Randy Newman’s Questioning Evangelism. In this book he gives ways of asking questions in difficult moments and conversations. I encourage you to read this book.
Be Patient. Moving people toward a faith decision does not happen immediately. Sure, there are those moments when it is easy. However, more often than not it takes time in skeptical and spiritually innocuous world for people to see the need and respond.
With these thoughts in mind, go and make disciples of all the world!