In the process of evangelism, we have observed that one people are only willing to give a short time to hear the gospel. So the way we present the Gospel to them should be brief and concise. Do you have any suggestion of an outline that we can make as a reference on what we really need to say in evangelism?
I have found that in sharing the gospel the most obvious thing to keep in mind is that the gospel is all about what God has done. When I say God I mean, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I think sharing the Gospel with those relationships in mind is key. The Gospel is all about the love of the Father displayed in the giving of His Son to die for the ungodly and sinner. The measure of God’s love is seen in His willingness to give His Son for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:6-8 especially vs. 8. Also Romans 5:10) Think of John 3:16-18, and think clearly about the emphasis falling on that Divine relationship of Father and Son. I would encourage a Gospel outline that is Trinitarian, that reveals God’s saving work accomplished by Himself for the sinner. (Look through Eph. 1:3-14 taking particular notice of the actions attributed to each member of the Godhead) This has proved helpful for me when thinking about sharing the Gospel. I hope it does for you as well.
Thank you for the response brother. I’m just curious, will it be fine to ask her first (one-on-one evangelism) where she will go when she dies? And then proceed to “how to go to heaven”…then show her how totally depraved we are to save ourselves. And then finally what Jesus did on our behalf.
I think what you have said is a fine way to open up the conversation. I know for me, when I have an earnest desire to share the gospel with friends and co-workers the hardest part of the conversation is the starting sentence. I have often, out of shear necessity, opened conversations by saying, “I need you to know, I love you and if you don’t come to a true love of the truth you will surely spend eternity in hell”. (1 Thess.2:10) Its almost as if I can’t stand the thought of putting off the inevitable point any longer.
However, this subject of evangelism is very important to me and I want to suggest something. I truly believe that evangelism is a fruit of our love for Jesus Christ. So what that means is that I want to pursue Christ first, and let my evangelism grow out of that pursuit. If I make it my aim to simply evangelize the lost and I forget my Lord’s teaching in John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." I find that my focus becomes communicating a wrote script of the gospel and not operating out an overflow of Christ’s amazing love and grace towards me. Never underestimate the power of a transformed life! When we as God’s people are overwhelmed by His love for us in Christ, we believe and so we speak! (2 Cor 4:13-15)
I don’t say any of this to discourage every and all attempts to reach out to our neighbors in love, I simply speak from my own observations of myself and others. May we love Christ, and love our neighbors. May God bless the sharing of the good news of Christs life, death, and resurrection for us, and may we trust that God is pleased to use the foolishness of the word preached to save those who believe!
Yes brother, thank you for that advice.
My other concern would be that 3 to 5 minutes is a short time for me to Evangelize and explain the gospel to be understandable. Is it right to make it shorter? Because I think people in the mall or in the bus terminal are all in a hurry.