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ead this quote slowly and thoughtfully: “However willing they may be, Christians’ ability to witness for Christ may be impeded by the simple fact that they don’t have meaningful relational connections with non-Christians, or the conversational skills necessary to talk meaningfully about faith.” (Conclusion to a Barna Research Report, February 19, 2019)
As you pray and seek to be a faithful gospel witness for the Lord, note some of the findings by Barna Research:
In evangelism, God has given us the message we need to share with unbelievers. The whole Bible tells the story of creation, mankind’s fall into sin, and the provision of a Savior through Jesus Christ. But the Scriptures do not only give the words necessary for unbelievers to know the content of the gospel. The Bible also gives the words necessary to encourage Christians to evangelize, especially when it comes to overcoming fears.
Here then are three common fears and how the Bible encourages us to overcome them.
A Manifesto of Evangelism | John R.W. Stott
‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (10:15; Is. 52:7).
Convinced that God has a future for both Jews and Gentiles, and that their growth into ‘fulness’ will be brought about by evangelism, Paul makes a forceful statement of its logic (10:14f.) and alludes in other ways to the spread of the gospel. From these chapters, therefore, it is possible to summarize Paul’s teaching on evangelism to form an eight-point manifesto.
The need for evangelism: evangelism is necessary because until people hear and receive the gospel they are lost.
Reaching People with the Gospel | Tim Challies – August 23, 2018 | View the video clips of this transcript
What is the best way to reach people with the Gospel today?
People are always reached in the same way, which is through the telling, the preaching, the sharing of the Gospel, right. So, one way or another, people have to hear the Gospel and respond to it. The means through which people hear the Gospel can vary a lot and it does seem that over time that shifts back and forth. So, you go back to the great awakening and you would have thousands of unbelievers coming out to hear sermons.
18 Prayers for Unbelievers by Tim Challies - November 15, 2016
A friend asked the question: How do I pray for unbelievers? How do I pray effectively? I trust that every Christian regularly prays for family or friends or colleagues or neighbors who do not yet know the Lord. And while we can and must pray for matters related to their lives and circumstances, the emphasis of our prayers must always be for their salvation. Here are some ways the Bible can guide our prayers.
We just celebrated our annual Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, and it’s a perfect time to remember how grateful we are for the gospel in our lives. Meditating on the blessings of the good news can keep you highly motivated in your gospel-proclaiming ministry.
Paul, the ultimate evangelist, modeled a thanks-driven life about the blessings of the gospel that is being proclaimed (Rom. 1:8; Phil. 1:3-4; Col. 1:3-6; 2 Thess. 2:13).
The Apostle Paul famously said that his “heart’s desire” and his “prayer to God” is that his fellow Jews “may be saved” (Rom. 10:1). The problem was that these “kinsmen according to the flesh” were lost—bound for an eternity without God—which filled Paul’s heart with “great sorrow and unceasing anguish” (Rom. 9:2-3).
Because we are sinners, we can take a true doctrine (God’s absolute sovereignty) and make it incompatible with an appropriate emotion (unceasing anguish for the lost). In a sermon from several years ago, John Piper explained three ways we can experience a disconnect between the biblical doctrine and the appropriate emotional state: