Have you ever wanted to share the gospel, but feel like people won’t care? They have already heard, they don’t want it, what if they have an argument and I don’t know what to say? We can have a lot of reasons for not sharing the gospel. 3 of the deadliest I have found though, are not even true.
In my last post, I shared 3 Lies Christians Believe About Evangelism, If you haven’t yet, consider starting there to see lie 1-3, but here are lies 4-6 that are deadly to the spread of the gospel.
Lie 4: “Everyone has already heard about Jesus anyway.”
One day I mentioned Jesus to some guys in L.A. They responded, “Who is that?”
I was dumbfounded. “You know, like God.”
“Sin? Adam and Eve?”
“What are you talking about, man?”
I suddenly realized that if a person grows up in a secular home, secular school, and secular area of the nation, no one would mention Jesus to them. Why would they?.
A recent study reveals there are easily more than 114,000,000 unsaved people in the United States. If you grouped that number of unsaved people together, they would be the 12th largest nation in the world.
For a great article on the unchurched group in America, read LifeWay Research’s Unchurched Report.
Many, many people will only ever hear about God from Christians who care enough to tell them … like us.
Lie 5: “People don’t want to hear about Jesus.”
I responded to those two guys in L.A., “Well, can I tell you about Him?”
I shared the TPV (Taylor Paraphrased Version) of the Gospel. At the time, it wasn’t the best version, but it was good enough. “That makes a lot of sense,” one responded. They both prayed with me and received Jesus.
Another study found that 78 percent of unchurched people would listen to someone who shared what they believed about Christianity.
People do want to hear. And they need to hear.
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Lie 6: “I am not educated enough/I don’t know what to say.”
One verse always gives me great comfort about this: 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 ESV: .…I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except for Jesus Christ and him crucified.
The TPV reads, “I didn’t know what to say. I decided to just talk about the simple gospel.”
1 Cor. 2:3-4a ESV: And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom…
TPV: “Let me tell ya, I was scared, and my words didn’t even make sense!”
1 Corinthians 2:4b-5 ESV: …but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
TPV: “I relied on the power of God showing up.”
If the great Paul the Apostle was scared, we can be, too. God isn’t looking for the educated. He is looking for who will open their mouth.
Charles Spurgeon also said, “Let eloquence be flung to the dogs rather than souls be lost. What we want is to win souls. They are not won by flowery speeches.” Wow … Thanks again, Charles.
If you know Jesus, you know enough. It will be His words working when you share, not yours.
Evangelism is something that, if you choose to practice it, you can and will get better at it. If there was hope for me, there definitely is hope for you!