Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never led another person to Christ.
This quote from Greg Laurie’s Tell Someone pricked me in the heart. Whether we have had that privilege of the Lord using us personally in this way or not, the statistics show that we as a church and as individual believers are woefully failing in evangelism.
Having said that, Laurie does a fantastic job of not laying a guilt trip or condemning us, but gives us a great motivational pep talk in the area of sharing our faith. He leaves the convicting up to the Holy Spirit.
Sharing the gospel is an act of obedience
With practical information and witty humor, he lays out the basics of sharing our faith with others. He reminds us that it is a matter of obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel…”
However, he also very practically lays out the topic with short chapters such as Effective Sharing Starts with Caring, Why Share Your Faith?, What is the Gospel?, The Power of Your Personal Testimony, etc.
Asking the Lord for help
At the end of each chapter, he includes a prayer. I’m not usually a fan of praying the words of others, but I found these very meaningful and they did help me to focus on how to talk to the Lord about my own personal issues regarding evangelism. Here is an example:
Lord, as we go into all the world to share the gospel, help us to be strong when we face discouragement, ridicule, and even suffering. We know these pale in comparison to Jesus’ humiliation on the cross. You have shown us the strength, even until death, to endure even the worst blunders. Go with us, as we go in obedience to Your commands. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
I strongly encourage each one of you to pick up this book. Don’t rush through it because there is a lot to think and pray about it. If you don’t want to read it, I ask you, “What are you afraid of?” Because when all is said and done, often our fears are what most get in the way of telling someone. I know that is often the case for me.
On a corporate level, I leave you with this quote to ponder:
You show me a church that does not have a constant flow of new Christians coming in, and I will show you a church that is stagnating. We in the church have a choice: evangelize or fossilize!
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