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How to become a better evangelist

We talk about what we love. It just pours out of us. And when we really love something, when we’re obsessed with something, we battle to make others see the value of it as well.

Think about people who love Apple products. They will talk about how intuitive they are, how nice they feel in the hand. They’ll look over at your Samsung and say “Does it keep crashing? You really ought to try this…it’s made my life simpler and it’s reliable.”

When you love something dearly, you look at others that don’t and feel their life is missing something.

Out of love for whatever it may be, you instinctively find ways of helping others discover it. Sharing it is an expression of how much you love it.

We all get this. We all experience it. It’s our love for the thing, our own satisfaction in it, and our own sense of life being better with it, that carries us into conversations to contend for it in other people’s lives.

And it’s the same with the gospel! Of course it is! Because the reason we have this capacity to obsess and talk about our obsessions is because we were made to obsessively love God and love others by having that love for God spill over into daily proclamation.

If Christ is our life, it won’t be long before our friends hear about it…because we will be telling them about it.

So actually the best way of becoming a better evangelist is by growing in your love for Christ. That is the beginning of dismantling the roadblock that stands in the way of evangelism in your life.

You can’t stop an obsessive talking about what they love. They jump at any opportunity. No matter how skilled they might be in communicating it, they have a go and as they talk more they exercise and experience their love for their obsession more.

Love for Jesus will spill over into evangelism and evangelism itself will exercise our love for Christ. That in turn leads to us worshipping him more…no matter how well it goes! And that will spill over into more evangelism.

Why don’t you make it a specific prayer for the coming month that a growing love for Christ will lead to an evangelism addiction in your life.

Want to find out more? Our course ‘Evangelism‘ will help you learn how to share the gospel in everyday life with friends and neighbours. The course teaches the importance of church community in evangelism and making the gospel message relevant in everyday life. If our heads and our hearts are full of Jesus, then our conversations about him will flow out naturally. See more here.


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Why I don’t do evangelism

Let me tell you why I don’t do evangelism.

I used to think it was because I was afraid of what people would think. But I don’t think it’s that. I don’t generally worry what people think of me. The people on my street already think I’m weird! It’s not because I can’t be bothered. I’m happy to work hard for Christ in other ways. It’s not because I don’t know what to say. I have a strong conviction that the Holy Spirit can speak through me – however fumbling my words.

No, the reason I don’t tell my neighbours about Jesus is this: I think it’ll be a waste of time. I assume people won’t be interested. It’ll just be a bit embarrassing for both of us – and then we’ll quickly change the subject.

In the opening verses of Titus Paul describes what drives his ministry. He’s wanting to motivate the next generation. And what we discover is that one of the things that fires Paul’s passion for evangelism is the sovereignty of God.

‘Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour.’ (Titus 1:1-3)

I assume that telling people about Jesus will be a waste of time. If I invite my neighbour to an event they will almost certainly say No. If I share the gospel with someone at a party then they will probably edge away from me. And so I don’t bother.

But this is how Paul saw his life. His life was ‘for the faith of God’s elect’. God has done the choosing so God will do the convincing. God will save his elect. All Paul had to do was find the elect. And he did that my preaching the gospel to everyone.

In my shed I have a tray of seeds. Last year I noticed that a number of packets were past their use-by-date. I did not even know seeds had a use-by-date! So I stood there in my shed with these seeds in the palm of my hand. They all look dead. But perhaps some of them still have the potential for life. Perhaps some of them might still grow into healthy vegetables. There is only one way to find out. So I planted them and watered them. And indeed I did have some good lettuces and radishes.

It is the same with the people of your neighbourhood. They look dead to God because they are dead to God. But some of them are God’s elect. If you water them, as it were, by preaching the gospel then God will use that to bring them new life. You can’t tell which are God’s elect. But you can preach the gospel, confident that God has many people in your city or county.

Further Reading

Sharing the gospel in everyday life with our neighbours and friends is a crucial aspect of the Christian life. Our course on Evangelism provides a practical and accessible  exploration of the topic. Click here to learn more.

This material is adapted from Tim Chester, Titus for You (The Good Book Company) which is available in the US from Amazon.com and in the UK from ThinkIVP.