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.
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:
Christ’s Church – 2018
1. Pray regularly for open doors, divine appointments, boldness, clarity, and conviction for unbelievers you know in your sphere of influence.
2. Take the initiative to engage people. Be interested in their life and ask lots of questions (residence; occupation; birthplace; family background; interests, etc.)
3. Be a good listener. Listen for passions, fears, joys, sorrows, beliefs, values, struggles, etc.
Christmas is a wonderful season when many unbelievers are more open to the idea of Jesus Christ and the church than at any other time of the year. It’s a great time to think about how to use opportunities to introduce others to the gospel message.
Here are three simple ways to connect others to the message of Christ:
Our lives are full. Sometimes to the exclusion of building bridges with non-believers around us. Be proactive in looking for ways you can share hope with those who have no eternal hope.
Recently, a person who took the Tell Someone challenge went to visit a patient in the hospital. No one had visited him. His hospitalization brought him face to face with his mortality, and he sought her out to ask for spiritual support. She engaged in conversation with him, asked questions, didn't push an agenda but sought to understand his thought process and how he came to his conclusions.
You took the "Tell Someone" challenge. You have the desire to share. Are you finding it difficult to get the conversation started? If you do, here's a few tips that may help you.
Read "Starting Gospel Conversations" by Mike Riccardi.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to perceive opportunities through the four major themes of salvation (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation). Find a prayer partner to pray with and for these opportunities.