1. Sharing one’s faith should have high priority in the life of a Christian. To “evangelize” is to teach the truth by the scriptures that all men have sinned and that sins have separated man from God. But God’s love offered a hope for reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins on the basis of what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
Evangelism is a command to all Christians.
2. As there is joy in our obedience to the commands of God, there is great joy in witnessing. Sharing the Gospel is a joy, not a job.
Even the angels rejoice (Luke 15:10)
Happy are the feet of those bring the good news (Romans 10:15)
II - The Power of Personal Evangelism
1. No one comes to Christ by accident.
Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me" (John 6:44-45).
Only those who learn of Christ can come to Christ! It is only through the gospel that the Father exercises His power to draw lost souls unto Himself. Paul affirmed that all are called to God through the gospel which he preached (2 Thess. 2:14).
Indeed, the gospel is "the power of God unto salvation..." (Rom. 1:16).
2. Keep in mind that Jesus often taught one on one.
Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman are two classic examples of the Lord’s personal teaching (John 3,4).
Philip, while highly successful in public preaching in Samaria, was sent by the Holy Spirit to teach a man of Ethiopia in a private study (Acts 8:26-40).
Paul and Silas had a personal Bible study with the Jailor at Philippi (Acts 16:23-33). These examples should impress us with the importance of "one on one" evangelism.
III - Christian Attitudes in Personal Evangelism
1. In order to be an effective soul-winner, one must have a compassion for the lost.
Jesus taught that one soul is of greater value than the whole world (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:37).
As Jesus sent out the twelve apostles on the limited commission, he said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16).
IV - Some "Don´ts" in Personal Evangelism
Note: You will be provided with a separate lesson on Evangelism.
1. Don´t have a "holier than thou" attitude (Luke 18:9ff).
Remember that you were once like them.
I Corinthians 6:11
2. Don´t be ashamed of the gospel – Paul wasn´t (Romans 1:16).
3. Don´t begin with criticism – find common ground on which to build.
Don’t criticize the practices of denominational groups
Let the student make that judgment for himself
4. Don’t get angry (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
Likewise avoid showing contempt to other religious groups. This is a waste of time.
5. Don’t go too fast.
Make sure that the student understands the lessons before proceeding to the next lesson.
6. Don’t do all the talking.
Encourage the student to talk and ask questions.
7. Don’t answer every question. Wait until an appropriate time.
Answer questions related to the lesson. Do not jump to other issues that take you out of focus on the lesson.
8. Don’t correct every mistake in the misuse of Bible terms such as "pastor" or "reverend." There will be time for this later if you keep the door open.
9. Above all, don’t be afraid to try. Remember: the Lord said, "I am with you always…" (Matthew 28:20).
V. Some “Do’s” in Personal Evangelism
1. Do remember to pray for those you are teaching.
The harvest is plentiful (Matthew 9:37-38)
God gives the increase (I Cor 3:6)
The Holy Spirit Convicts (John 16:8)
2. Do teach that all men have sinned
Fall short to the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)
We are accountable for our sins (Ezekiel 18:20)
We do not inherit the sins of our father (Ezekiel 18:20)
3. Do tell the student that he/she needs Faith
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Heb 11:6)
Only by faith can one obey the Gospel (Roman 1:5)
Teach that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30)
Guide the student to the Prophecies and how they were fulfilled in Jesus Christ
Guide the student to the miracles that prove that Jesus is the Son of God
Guide the student to the Parables that teach about the Kingdom of God
4. Do study thoroughly what you intend to teach.
Focus your teachings from the 4 books of the Gospel.
- Use other scriptures as long as it supports the lesson under discussion.
Teaching is the fastest way to learn. Because in the course of lesson preparation, we will learn more knowledge about God and His will in our lives.
The Holy Spirit will also provide us with discernment as we study the scriptures and apply them to our lives.
- The scriptures are spiritually discerned (I Cor 2:12-14)
5. Do allow the student to read the scriptures himself/herself.
Give some background about the lesson as necessary
It is not on men’s wisdom that leads the conversion of a sinner (I Corinthians 2:1-5). Let the Holy Spirit do His work.
6. Do preach the Gospel
Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
Discuss that we have become a part of Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.
7. Do encourage the student to read the lessons in preparation for the next meeting.
8. Do encourage the student to explain how he/she understands the
Scriptures that show us what to teach:
a. The Road to Emmaus – (Luke 24:13-33)
b. Peter – on the day of the Pentecost (Acts 2:38)
c. Stephen – Acts 7:1-59)
d. Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch – Acts 8:26-40
i. Preaching in Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
ii. Before King Agrippa (Acts 26:22-29)