My Question:

Hey Justin, or whoever is running his page, 🙂 I am a Christian woman and my husband and I do ministry in the Midwest at a very small church. We’ve been consuming as much of your content Justin as we possibly can and I have a question: How do we keep an urgency to reach the lost while not coming at them with fire and brimstone. So many Christians have accepted this mentality of waiting for their non-christian friends or acquaintances to come to them to then share the gospel and we don’t want that! I just feel a little lost on how to even approach strangers or people we know about Jesus without seeming like I am Bible thumping. Maybe I’ve totally missed a key point to evangelism? I want to be taught and so does my husband. Is there anything you can help us with to understand how to go about properly evangelizing?

Mike’s Response:

This is Mike, Justin’s friend who helps with the Facebook page. Both the ministry way of the master and heart cry missionary society have good resources on how to share the Gospel. I would recommend both as resources. Just keep in mind these important principles; 1) this is theological truth you are communicating and it must be explained with both love and uncompromising precision, 2) without the unction of the Holy Spirit no person will respond to the Gospel, even when presented extremely well. This does not diminish our duty to communicate often and accurately, nor does it diminish our duty to understand that salvation is of the Lord. 3) give the full counsel of God if you can, but sometimes there is not the time to do it, so communicate what you can. Some plant, some water. Be willing to play your role that God has providentially assigned you. 4) the Gospel should include as much information as you can relay, some people need different parts. For instance, the sin hardened sinner needs to hear much on the intractable law and its demands, the nature of God and His perfections, and the certainty and justice of condemnation. However the gentle and meek heart who understands their sinful state well may need to hear much more of the fulfilled prophecies of Christ, the hope and promise of calvary, the new birth, and grace. Only the Holy Spirit can lead you on what to say. I would not do a formula, but there are principles which are helpful as a general frame work. Here are my thoughts on it; discuss the nature and attributes of God, because most people make a god in their own image and this concept of god is okay with their particular sins. Speak of Gods justice and love, His wrath and mercy, his omniscience and omnipotence, but the Bible is your authority for this truth. Stand on it as an axiomatic truth even when they deny its authority, ignore that gainsaying and stand on it as true. Next, you must apply the law to show the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Take the person through a couple of the commandments, have they lied before, have they always honored their parents, have they coveted. The law is designed by God to expose sin. So expose it. On some sin hardened folks you might spend a lot of time here. On folks with a conscience that’s still more alive, maybe less. But dont forget to bring this topic up if at all possible salvation and grace make little sense to most people until they understand that there is a Judge, and that there is a Law, and that they are criminals worthy of certain judgement. The Holy Spirit breaks the sinners heart and awakens the conscience but remember that He works through means, and one of those primary means is the Law. Then you should normally talk about Christ, the prophecies, promises, the finished work at Calvary. You need to comprehend and understand theological concepts such as penal substitutionary atonement, repentance unto life, assurance, security of the believer, election, contrition, the hydrostatic union and the new birth. You do not have to be a complete theologian but you need to begin study these concepts as well as you can from the Bible, praying for wisdom, because they are important and these issues come up, especially when you talk with someone who has some religious beliefs which are not entirely Christian but almost. Precision is needed, but do not allow the difficulty of this task and the responsibility shy you away from trying. God is able to equip you but study these things approved before God. Finally, remember that most people you run into will profess Christ and have a profession of faith. Usually this is obviously a false conversion, one based on some sinners prayer or ceremony. Take them through the same Gospel. Dont assume they know anything about it just because they profess religion. Remember Matthew chapter 7. Speak the truth in love. God will honor genuine labor in the Gospel when done with wisdom. Remember this is no easy task and it is dangerous. It is not to be taken lightly as a hobby or a lay activity. However everyone can do something. If you can preach, then preach in the open air, if you cannot preach but can speak, then speak one to one. If you cannot speak, then get some good and solid Biblical tracts and hand those out. If you cant find a Biblical tract then go buy some Bibles or Gospels of John and give them out. If you are too timid to give a tract or Bible, then leave them places where people will find them. Not littering, but in a restroom or book shelf, to a waitress with your tip, in your return mail, wherever it is convenient. A good tract will cover the jnformation I mentioned to some degree. It wont include heretical things like sinners prayers or over simplistic spiritual laws. The Gospel is not a formula remember. Some tracts are too abridged to be worth much and some are too long. There is a sweet spot in the middle. You will know when you see it. I hope this is helpful information. Please let me know if there are any follow up questions? Sincerely in Christ, Mike

Spell check misspelled my “hypostatic” as hydrostatic… spell check!

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