The Pasifika Navigators heart beat is to see the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom advance. Evangelism should be the natural overflow from our walk with Christ. Evangelism is the process of sharing the gospel to those who do not yet know Christ as their Savior. The truth of the gospel for those who do not yet know Christ demands that we urgently pursue opportunities to share the good news with them.
As D.A. Carson stated, “This is a time for Christians to return to the basics, the comprehensive basics, and quietly affirm with the Apostle Paul, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith”’ (Romans 1:16–17).”
Great! I am not ashamed! Where can I get started? I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to take a look at our page on ‘The Gospel’ and begin to become familiar with the message of the gospel. You will never fully understand the depths of the gospel but we can learn from the Scriptures what the message of the gospel is and how to communicate it.
Evangelism is primarily the exercise where we communicate the message of the gospel to those who do not yet know Christ as their Savior. How do I share it? There are several well known Gospel presentations such as, “The Story“, “2 Ways to Live”, “Steps to Peace With God“, “The Bridge to Life“, “The God Test“, “The Roman’s Road” and the “Evangelism Explosion” presentation. All of these are helpful for you in growing in your understanding and grasp of the gospel and in learning how to communicate it.
Some have criticized some of the methods I have listed above as being too mechanical and rigid for our hearers to understand. Interestingly enough God still uses these methods to see thousands come to Christ. A story recounts famous evangelist D.L. Moody’s response to criticism of his evangelistic methods:
One day a lady criticized D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism in attempting to win people to the Lord. Moody’s reply was “I agree with you. I don’t like the way I do it either. Tell me, how do you do it?” The lady replied, “I don’t do it.” Moody retorted, “Then I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.” Source: James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 178.
I agree wholeheartedly. In my personal experience in learning these illustration and using them with real live lost people, I have personally seen God use these methods to see people come to know Christ. Through their use I have also learned how to use bits and pieces of all of them at different times to meet different individual needs and to answer questions.
Take a look at all of these and you will begin to see some similar approaches, patterns and scripture passages that are used in communicating the gospel message. That is a good thing because there is only one gospel message! Specifically, someone must know who God is, what sin is, what Christ did, and how we should respond in faith and repentance to Christ.
You are now beginning to understand the gospel and you are learning to communicate the message well using the Scriptures. Now What? PRAY! Follow the example of the Apostle Paul. He continually requested that his fellow believers pray for God to give him courage and boldness and for fearless proclamation of the gospel message. He also asked for people to pray for God to open a door for our message. Simply put Paul was asking for people to pray for opportunities to proclaim the gospel message and when those opportunities arose for boldness and courage to open his mouth and speak. We can pray those things as well. And when we do the God who commanded us to speak the good news of Jesus Christ to all creation will be right there by our side to provide the grace and strength to do it!