Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”
For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
I have no confidence in the flesh.
But I trust God completely.
So here’s the situation.
I’ve been invited by a pastor to speak at a church about evangelism.
But that’s just the appetizer.
The real meat will be going door to door to share the Gospel and invite people to their Easter service.
I have no idea what I’m going to say.
The more I research and study and meditate upon evangelism, the more I realize God’s going to really have to show up.
Just the other day I was talking to a real hard case with some other brothers in the Lord.
This guy knew religion but seemed estranged from God.
We even had to cast a couple demons out of him.
We definitely weren’t following the script.
But when I spoke what God gave me, it really got his attention.
We went round and round, but at the end of it, it seemed he was ready to recommit his life to Christ.
And that’s the thing.
You never know what you’re walking into when you engage a stranger in conversation.
So you really need to know your stuff and be quick on your feet.
So to mentally game plan what I might share, I need to be rehearsed on a couple things.
First, the Gospel.
I need to know it so well that I can explain it without religious jargon in impromptu ways.
Second, my testimony.
There’s nothing quite as compelling as a real life account of a changed life by the power of God.
My testimony is pretty amazing.
I’ve suffered so much in so many different ways that I can relate to just about anyone.
Plus, I got the joy of the Lord and a smile on my face.
Now, how does one prepare to go winning the lost?
It starts, continues, and ends with prayer.
We need to have love in our hearts if we hope to draw people to Christ.
Pray everyday for the lost.
Pray that God would draw them to Himself by His Holy Spirit.
Pray that more workers would be sent out into the mission field (which is everywhere).
Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel.
Pray for wisdom and discernment.
And then grab a friend and go for it!
Ask God to lead you.
In public settings, God will often highlight people that are ready to hear the Good News.
They’ll often be alone and look sad.
One person prays and intercedes while the other engages in conversation.
Introduce yourself as a follower of Jesus and let them know that you’re out and about praying for people and seeing where people are at with Jesus.
Do you go to church?
Do you have any spiritual background?
What do you think about Jesus?
That will get the conversation going.
The point isn’t to force them to pray some formulaic prayer.
The goal is to introduce them to Jesus.
And He’s inside you.
So let the Holy Spirit lead you.
Ask if they need healing for anything.
And then lay hands on them and heal them.
It won’t work everytime, but more often than not they’ll feel immediately better.
If they have faith, they’ll be healed.
Remember, God is the healer.
Ask Him to heal.
I like to command their body to be healed in Jesus’ Name.
That usually does the job.
The more you do it, the more confidence you’ll have in the Lord.
And above all, remember to be loving.
Depending on where they’re at with Jesus will determine what route to take.
If they already are a believer, bless and encourage them.
Your boldness will inspire them to live their faith more boldly as well.
If they have walked away from the Lord, then you have a great opportunity to help them get back on track.
Remind them that God is quick to forgive.
He loves His children.
He’s always waiting expectantly for them to be reunited in relationship with Him.
Hear their confession and pray for them.
If someone doesn’t know Jesus, ask them if they would like to start their relationship with God.
You don’t need to get all theological and preachy.
Just make sure they understand the Gospel.
Ask them again if they’re ready.
Don’t make someone do something that’s not in their heart to do.
It’s better to let one wriggle off the hook and let another fisherman catch them for real than force a false conversion.
We’re gentle, not used car salesmen.
The main thing I tell people is that God wants to live inside of them and teach them everything they need to know to live life as God intended.
If someone gives their life to Christ, get their phone number or email and follow up.
Show that you care and you’re not a deadbeat dad.
Connect them with someone who can disciple them and encourage them to come to church.
And that’s it!
Maybe I will be prepared to speak after all.
When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
What are your thoughts and experiences?
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