Monday

Gung-Ho Evangelism

Sharing Christ, 4 ideas
Do gung-ho evangelist types make you feel guilty?

You know who I mean…the folks who walk up to a complete stranger and within minutes have him praying the sinner’s prayer.

I used to feel guilty and even tried my hand at gung-ho methods until I learned they just aren't natural for my personality. If you're like me, here's some more subtle evangelism ideas:   

1. Identify a specific unsaved person to pray for daily, asking God when/what to share with her. 

2. Realize you don’t need to share the entire Gospel at once to be a faithful witness. You may simply need to share how God is working in your life at the moment.

3. Have a “Sharing Party” and invite friends to bring something (a poem, a craft, a story) to share with the group. Make sure your “share” includes something about Christ.

4. Include a pretty devotional book with your regular gift to an unsaved friend.

Well, 1-Minute doesn’t give me much time for ideas, so I need to hear yours. Please leave them in a comment.

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17 comments:

  1. Gail,

    How funny that you would write about this as I was just thinking about this very subject. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas, I am going to give them a try.

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  2. Make a nice meal! Invite a new friend into your home and use your gift of hospitality to show love and care!

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  3. Hi Gail, I really appreciated your post because I also feel guilty about not being like that. i too prefer to pray and give subtle gifts, etc. blessings, Tracy

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  4. By loving them!! Ask if that person is feeling any pain and pray for them for complete healing.. do what Jesus did and greater works! :) Showing them that Jesus can heal them will change their life, theres no denying what just happened to them!

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    1. praying for someone and showing them love are both great ideas.

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  5. So good! So agree...not all of us are Billy Sunday! Yet, God calls us all to share the gospel...through prayer, actions, & words. Thanks for these tips & for UNITING today at Richfaithrising! ~ jen

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  6. When I write letters to friends (snail mail) I often include a clipping of an article from a Christian magazine, or a church bulletin with a good article. I try to make sure it is something that is relevant to their lives.

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    1. Great idea. We need to be deliberate about these things and good ideas like this are helpful.

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  7. I just started reading The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice and Hope by Richard Dahlstrom. In the chapter I just finished, he stressed really being able to SEE people -- to find out what they are going through in life, and to minister to them where they are individually by building relationships. This takes a lot of patience and love. A few years ago, I taught my co-op students about the synergy between the Great Commandment (love one another) and the Great Commission (preach the gospel). They have to be done in tandem; each is incomplete without the other.

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  8. I also send out an e-mail letter to friends and family every month or two. I always have something inspirational in it, and sometimes share the gospel. It goes to a few hundred people and many of them are not Christian believers.

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    1. Great insights, Virginia. Thanks for sharing both comments. Bless you.

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  9. Gail, some of the Pureflix films, now on Netflix are AWESOME tools for evangelism. One only needs a tv, netflix, and a large enough place to show them. Any group can watch one and talk about it at the end. Especially the newer ones have better acting and a plot worth talking about! They cover topics such as: loss of a loved one, forgiveness, social justice, showing love and mercy to people, and right priorities, loving God, and marrying the RIGHT person. I recommend watching first and asking God who to invite.

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    1. Sounds like a great resource, Helen. Thanks for sharing that info.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  10. Love these ideas....they are going to be wonderful to share with the youth, also! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. A friend I had always had ladies over, to have tea and a treat. It was a very nice time. I tried to do about the same thing, it flopped. Learned I am not gifted in that area. It was a lesson for me, to find MY ministry.

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    1. Yes, Vikki, I know what you mean. Sometimes we admire how someone does evangelism but that doesn't necessarily mean we can do it the same way. Thanks for sharing.
      Gail

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