Last week I shared some evangelism stories. I think stories inspire us to live out what Jesus has asked us to do. I am hoping, if you are reading this, that you will be inspired to get out there and join Jesus. You don’t have to bring Jesus to others – He is already there and working in their lives. When we do evangelism, we are actually joining Jesus in bringing someone into His family. This understanding has really helped me change how I think about evangelism.
I shared three tips last week:
- Tip #1 is prayer. Pray every day for God to use you to bless others and invite them into His family.
- Tip #2 is listen. Evangelism is listening. People are hurting and most of our world doesn’t have time to listen. If you listen and pray with people, they will experience God’s strength and be very open to the invitation.
- Tip #3 is commitment. Don’t overthink evangelism and don’t give up – just keep doing what Jesus commanded. You will find that your life is being transformed by Jesus even as He uses you to transform others.
I always carry “invite cards” in my pocket to give away to others. They remind me to keep my eyes open for people God wants to bless through me. I have challenged others to do this in our church, and they have shared how it has changed their lives because they see each day differently. I challenged a pastor friend to add this to his life. He was reluctant at first but then agreed. He shared how his heart “started beating differently” – he saw hurting people, even total strangers, and just went up to them and asked if he could pray for them. Hearing his stories got me excited! Tip #4 is be ready. You don’t have to have the answer to every question, but if you are ready, God will use you. Give God 15 minutes a day, open for interruption, for Him to send you people who need prayer and hope.
“Can I have more cards?” This question came from a man in our church. We had put invite cards in the bulletins but he wanted more. “How many more?” I asked. “Like 50!” he said. He wanted to hand out 50 cards to people. Our church was doing a special event and he wanted to invite more people. He saw the opportunity, and yes, we gave him more cards! I have seen business owners put up Easter signs in their store windows. I have heard stories about parents inviting parents to church right as school starts. I have personally invited people to do a service project with our church. Tip #5 is opportunity. See the opportunities in your church events, the calendar, and people’s lives. Make the most of these opportunities to invite people into God’s family.
I was asked recently to help a group of pastors with evangelism. I asked them to commit first to daily prayer and handing out 5 invite cards a week. I also asked them to form a group of people who would meet weekly, pray for evangelism, and commit to handing out 3 cards a week. This simple practice moves faith from something we talk about to something we put into action. After a few weeks, these groups start to share one or two stories, then more, then a lot more! These stories encourage us and inspire us to follow Jesus more. Tip #6 is share stories. Find a way to share your evangelism stories with others who can share theirs with you.
I would love to hear some of your stories. They are super encouraging to me!