When it comes to evangelism, few young Christians possess both boldness and tact. We are tempted toward one extreme or the other. Boldness comes via prayer and tact is developed through observations of those who are diplomatic. All of us want to help others know the good news of Jesus, but fear can hold us back. We also want to be wise in the words we share and the ways in which we approach different types of people.
2 Corinthians 5:10-21
Because we know and fear God, we try to persuade others. We are Christ’s ambassadors and God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. It is not an option as a disciple of Jesus.
The early Christians were evangelistic – not only the leaders.
1 Peter 2:9-10
We are all a royal priesthood. There is no “clergy” today.
The gospel is nothing to be ashamed of because it has the power to save.
If we are ashamed of Jesus and his words, he will be ashamed of us.
Pray for boldness! God will answer your prayer.
We need to be wise/shrewd in our evangelism.
Beware of reckless words.
Avoid too frequent contact when following up with people you’re reaching out to.
Don’t come on too strong or pushy.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Be sensitive to and try to relate to the person you’re reaching out to.
Make the gospel attractive.
1 Peter 3:15-16
Show gentleness and respect. Helpful scriptures: Matthew 7:6-2; 2 Timothy 2:23-26
Push yourself to be friendly and start conversations wherever you go. The Lord will use this.
Invite people to come to church with you or to study the Bible with you.
Work on improving one area of your life in order to make the gospel more attractive.
Have neighbors into your home for dinner.
Host a neighborhood cookout or party.