These pages are meant to be an encouragement and tool for pastors, church leaders and members alike.
Sharing Faith, the Heart of Evangelism A lot has been taught, preached and shared about evangelism and particularly the need for Christ followers to personally share their faith. The reality is that the church today would not exist if it were not for Christians, in the power of the Holy Spirit, being witnesses of how Christ has transformed their lives.
Will McRaney, in his book The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture said, “As the culture and landscape of America shifts people are looking for spiritual answers to life’s significant questions. In the increasingly crowded marketplace of spiritual ideas, however, people are looking to the church less and less.”
Sadly, it is the church that Christ has called to corporately communicate the truth of Christ, not only to protect the orthodoxy of the gospel, but also to propel it to people everywhere. McRaney puts it simply, “without personal evangelism there are no churches, no pastors, no worship services. Everything begins with personal evangelism.”
We know today that pastors and church members alike struggle with personal evangelism. Largely the culture and media has told us that the message is not welcome. This simply is not true. Dr. Thomas Rainer through Lifeway Research has clearly shown that nearly 60 million unchurched Americans would gladly be open to a conversation about Christ and the meaning of the gospel (From: Evangelism Handbook by Dr. Alvin Reid)
A Working Definition of Evangelism
In order to speak about personal evangelism, we need to first establish a common understanding of how it is defined:
Sharing the “good news” of God’s love and redemption.
“Evangelism is the communication of the gospel by saved people with lost people.” (Alvin Reid, Evangelism Handbook)
The process of engaging any culture with the claims of Christ. Cultures change but the message remains the same.
Joining God through the power of the Holy Spirit in revealing Christ to those He is seeking to save.
One seeker telling another where he found what was missing.