How to Evangelize
Before ever trying to evangelize, pray for those you will come in contact with. Mark 3: 27 says, “No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” So we need to bind in prayer the strong man, who is the devil, which is keeping people from the gospel. Pray that their hearts will be open and ready to receive. We also need to bind all hindering spirits from the ones you are trying to reach and from the areas you will be ministering in. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 we read “… the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” We need to break the power that all blinding spirits have over the people and claim their salvation and deliverance. Also, pray for your own protection and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we pray, we acknowledge that we can’t do this on our own and we need God to shine through us.
Be lead of the Holy Spirit
Jesus is our example in evangelism and He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son
can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he
doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." John 5:9 The Holy Spirit knows the people
we come in contact with. He knows their needs and cries of their hearts. As we listen
to the Holy Spirit, He can guide us how to approach someone and in what to say.
We want to share with you two personal examples of how the Holy Spirit can lead and make a difference.
After a Cinco de Mayo outreach in Great Bend, Kansas, I was tired and ready to head
home. As I was walking back to my vehicle, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me to go
around the courthouse (taking the long way) to my vehicle. I really didn't want to do that,
but out of obedience, I did. Behind the courthouse there was a group of young Hispanic
guys. I stopped to witness to them and they responded by praying to receive Jesus. This
isn' t the end of the story. They started to come to our youth group and invited their friends
who also needed to be saved. Their friends invited their friends, and so on, and so on. We
had a revival of youth all because of a simple act of obedience. Thank God, I didn't give into
my own desires that day.
While we were going door-to-door on the Navajo reservation we encountered a very nice
woman and her young son. She invited us into her home and we began to share the gospel
with her. The Holy Spirit revealed to my wife that she was putting off giving her life to Jesus,
wanting to wait a little longer before becoming a Christian. My wife then shared with her the
scripture that today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time. (2 Corinthians 6:2) We
shouldn't put it off because we don't know what tomorrow holds. She looked at us and said,
"I was just thinking that I would do this another day." She prayed the sinners' prayer with
us that night.
Just as awesome as it is to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit,
it can also be horrible to disobey.
I worked for a time at a state mental institution as an aide and saw God do some great work in
people's lives there by the power of His word. But one night the Holy Spirit impressed upon me
to witness to one of the patients. I didn't do it right away, got busy, and forgot. Soon after,
that man was released and committed suicide. I was grieved for him and repented for not obeying.
So, learn to listen to Him.
Even in everyday little things, He is there to guide and help us.
You'll be able to look back at times and say
"Wow, I heard the Holy Spirit."
Following His lead
in evangelism is very effective.
Show the Love of Christ
We may be the only contact a person will have with Jesus. We want that contact to be just
as Jesus would want it. We need to live our lives before them exhibiting the compassion of God.
He will show you how to do this effectively. You may want to help someone clean up their
yard, or provide a meal for a needy family. There are many ways to show His love and the
church today has become much more effective in this with different programs such as providing
free refreshing drinks on a hot day. This is very good and shows people that we really care,
proving that God cares for them.
But we can't stop there.
Romans 10:14 says "How then shall they call on him in whom they
have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how
shall they hear without a preacher?" When Jesus gave us the command to go and preach,
we are to do just that. The only time we shouldn't tell someone the gospel message is when
the Holy Spirit urges us not to.
An easy way to get the conversation started as you are witnessing is to ask:
- "If you were to die today do you know if you would go to heaven?"
- You may get responses like:
- "Well, I go to church."
- "I'm a good person."
- "I hope so."
- "I don't know."
- You can respond by saying:
- "Going to church is good but only faith in Jesus will get you into heaven."
- "Being a good person is a good thing but all of us have sinned, no one is perfect.
- That separates us from God and keeps us out of heaven. We need to accept
the payment Jesus made for our sins."
- "If you don't know for sure then you need to know for sure because we are saved
by grace through faith. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not
of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:8. It is a gift of God. Jesus is
that free gift and you just receive Him by faith. You can know for sure that you
will go to heaven by receiving Him."
See our page Beginning a Relationship with God to see a simple explanation of the gospel.
It helps to be familiar with the gospel before we go out to share it. Share your own testimony of how you got saved. No one can argue with what you
have personally experienced.
Strike While the Iron is Hot
Try your best to lead them in the sinner's prayer. Once they leave your presence
and get back into same old atmosphere they may forget what you said. But if they do
pray with you to receive Jesus they will become a new creature in Christ. They will
have the Holy Spirit in them. They will have experienced a change with God's peace
and joy. It will be hard for them to go and enjoy sin because the Holy Spirit will be in
them, changing their desires from sin to wanting to live holy.
If they want to put off giving their life to God, explain to them that are not guaranteed
the next breath or heartbeat. They shouldn't wait for another day. Explain that no
where in the Bible does it say to get saved tomorrow or next week but it says, "...behold,
now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2
"...Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts,..." Hebrews3:15 Every time they
resist and reject the Holy Spirit as He is drawing them to Christ, their heart gets a little
more calloused and harder. If they reject Jesus enough times their heart will get so hard
that they won't be able to hear the Holy Spirit anymore. Then it will be too late to get
saved because the only way to come to Jesus is by the Holy Spirit drawing us to Him.
Tell them that there are a lot of people in hell today and will be in the lake of fire forever
because they were planning on getting saved after they sowed some wild oats. But they
never got older and died before they got saved.
We were going door-to-door in New Mexico and came to the home of a young woman
with 4 kids under the age of 6. She was in great need and very sad. She shared her
story with us. Her husband had told her a few days before that he was going to give his
life to God and be in a Christian music band but that he wanted one more night to do his
own thing. He went out, got drunk, committed adultery, and on his way home, hit another
car head on; killing him and 3 or 4 others in the other car. If only he hadn't put it off.
If they still are not ready to give their life to Jesus, send them home with a tract that has
the sinner's prayer on it. Explain that they can pray that prayer any where at any time.
The Bible says in Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall
be saved." He is always there, waiting for them to call on Him.
Praying the Sinner's Prayer
When someone is ready to pray with you, you can lead them in a sinner's prayer. Be sure
to include: an acknowledgement of sin and that Jesus died and rose again to pay for our sins,
a request for forgiveness, a repentance and choice to turn away from sin, and thanksgiving
for salvation and request for help in following God.
Emphasize that if they prayed the prayer and really meant it with all their heart, that
they are now saved. God lives inside them, so the more they talk to Him and let Him
talk to them, in their spirit, by the Holy Spirit, they will get to know Him better and better.
Tell them the importance of reading their Bible consistently to feed their spirit and
their faith "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17.
Remind them that if they really meant it they must turn from their sins and surrender
their whole life to Jesus and His Lordship. Their flesh didn't get saved so they need
to build up their spirit by reading and meditating on the Word of God and praying. That
way their spirit man can get stronger than their flesh. When their flesh wants to sin the
spirit man will be able to conquer the lusts of the flesh and obey the spirit man.
Encourage them to go to a church that preaches the uncompromised Word of God
and where the Holy Spirit moves. If you know of such a church close to where they live encourage them to go there.
Advise them to give their testimony to others. This is obeying a command of Jesus and
it will help them to grow spiritually. It will also keep them from becoming like the Dead Sea,
taking in but not giving out.
Lastly, let them know that the devil, the father of lies, will tell them that they are
not saved. This is one of the best indicators that they are saved because there is no
truth in the devil. After all, before you were saved, the devil never came and told you that
you weren't saved.
Don't Get Discouraged
If things don't go as you anticipated and people don't receive Jesus as you talked with them,
don't become discouraged. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:11 "So shall my word be that goeth
forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I
please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." When we share God's word with
people, we are sowing seed that will produce a harvest, even if we never see it. It is our job
to be obedient and go; it is the Holy Spirit's job to lead them to Jesus. As we obey and follow
His leading He will do the work in people's hearts. Our work is never in vain. Galatians 6:9
says "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."