Evangelism can be complicated. What do you say? How do you say it? Although answers vary for each situation and conversation, there is a simple principle we can keep in mind when sharing our faith: speak about Jesus, and speak like Jesus.
Jesus should be the subject of our speech and His mission should be our message.
Speak About Jesus
We need to keep the main thing, the main thing. We can engage in small talk, answer objections, build bridges, and even joke around, but if we don’t get around to talking about Jesus, then we aren’t going anywhere in our evangelism. The gospel message is communicated through our words, so we need to speak about Jesus.
“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12).
In Acts 3-4, Peter and John healed a lame man and it caused problems with the religious leaders, but it also gave Peter an opportunity to speak publicly. The people wondered how the man was healed and Peter got right to the point—he spoke about Jesus. The religious leaders arrested him and had him appear before a council where he did the exact same thing—He shared how Jesus is the only source for salvation.
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Evangelism is about sharing a message, but the message is about a person. The aim of evangelism is to speak about Jesus, which is why repentance is turning from sin and turning to Jesus and trusting in the “gospel of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:12). Don’t get distracted. Keep the main thing the main thing—speak about Jesussumo suits for sale!
When God presents you with an opportunity to speak about God or Christianity, what will you do? Will you avoid it and not speak at all? Will you change the subject? Or, like Peter, will you talk about how Jesus is the Savior?
Speak Like Jesus
Not only do we need to speak about Jesus, we also need to speak like Jesus. Imagine if Jesus was evangelizing. What would He say? Thankfully, we don’t need a WWJS bracelet because the Gospels tell us what He said. So, in regards to evangelism, what would Jesus say?