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Laws to Personal Evangelism

Laws to Personal Evangelism

Personal evangelism is the act of a person sharing the gospel with another. According to a 2016 Barna survey, 73 percent of Americans claim to be Christians. However, after applying scriptural tests to those claims, only around 31 percent qualify as practicing Christians. The Bible knows no other kind (Matt. 7:19–21; I John 3:7–10). Clearly, what has passed for personal evangelism for the last several generations have not been effective. (Luke 9:57–62) (Matt. 19:16–24) (Acts 9) (Gal. 2:20) (I Cor.10:31) (I Cor. 9:20–22) (Acts 9:35, 42; 11:24) (II Cor. 11:34–35) (Acts 16:22–23)

1. Prayer. Beautiful words and impassioned speeches may move a soul, but they cannot transform a hard heart. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can bring conviction and repentance (
II Tim. 2:25). The first Christians relied on massive amounts of prayer before they attempted to do anything for the Lord, and God blessed their efforts (Acts 1:14; 4:31; 6:6; 13:3; Col. 4:4).


2. Biblical Knowledge: We don't have to possess a seminary degree or the ability to read ancient Greek, but we do need an overall understanding of what the Bible says. (
II Tim. 2:15)


3. A Testimony: Paul often recounted his own conversion story in his evangelism, reminding his audience of how wicked he had been and how far God's grace had brought him (
Phil. 3:4–6) (Acts 26:9–23) (I Cor. 15:9).

4. The Right Attitude: Much damage has been done in the name of Christ by people trying to conduct personal evangelism without love and without humility. (1 Cor. 13:1–3) (Mark 12:30) (Matt. 7:3–5).

5. Obedience, Not Results: Abraham followed God to Canaan, and a famine hit right away (Gen. 12:10). Mary accepted the role of mother to the promised Messiah, then watched Him be mocked and crucified (Luke 1:38; John 19:25). Paul followed the Holy Spirit's leading to Philippi and was arrested and imprisoned (Acts 16:6–24).

We are not responsible for that reaction, only the level of obedience involved in our presentation. (Luke 8:5–15)


6. Personal Evangelism: Personal Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. God calls each of us to different tasks and endows us with different gifts, but the goal is the same. The salvation of the lost (
I Cor. 12:6–7) (Luke 19:10) (John 9:4). (Luke 12:12).

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