– by Greg Stier
1. You don’t know, I mean really know, many non-Christians.
Possible Solutions: Get to know your neighbors. Take a co-worker out for lunch and ask questions and listen. Go to the same coffee shop consistently and get to know the baristas there … maybe even ask them how you may pray for them (that is bound to open up a spiritual conversation!).
2. You couldn’t explain the Gospel clearly if you tried.
Possible Solution: Take the Dare 2 Share GOSPEL acrostic and memorize it word for word. Then move from just quoting it to explaining it and from explaining it to being able to navigate a conversation about it.
3. You don’t really know how to bring it up.
Possible Solution: Learn how to Ask, Admire and Admit. Ask great questions (moving from everyday subjects to spiritual ones), Admire what you can about what they believe, and then Admit the reason you’re a Christian is that you are so sinful that you needed Jesus to save you.
4. You have a bad stereotype of evangelism in your mind that you just can’t shake.
Possible Solution: Look to Jesus, not other messed up human beings, as your stereotype of evangelism. Read John 4 and discover how Jesus skillfully brought the Living Water to a spiritually thirsty Samaritan woman.
5. You’re afraid of dealing with possible objections.
Possible Solution: Here’s a hint—you don’t have to know all the answers to every question. You just need to know how to say, “That’s a great question. I have no idea what the answer is but let me search the Bible and let’s keep talking.”
6. You don’t consistently pray for opportunities to engage in Gospel conversations.
Possible Solution: Pray consistently for opportunities to … you know!
7. You don’t think about hell much.
Possible Solution: Spend some time reading every passage in the New Testament that talks about hell. Passages like Luke 16:19-31, 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 and Revelation 20:11-15 will break your heart for those who don’t know Jesus … and where they are headed if they don’t hear and believe the Gospel.
8. You think that it’s your pastor’s job.
Possible Solution: Read Ephesians 4:11-12 and realize that your pastor’s job is to equip you to do “works of service.” This includes evangelism. Your pastor is paid to get you to do the work.
9. You’ve never seen it effectively modelled.
Possible Solution: Find somebody in your church, small group or Sunday school class who effectively shares their faith and ask them to train you. Maybe even go out with them sharing the good news and watch how they engage others with the good news of Jesus.
10. You’ve forgotten the power of the Gospel.
Possible Solution: Write a letter to God, thanking him for sending his Son to die in your place for your sins. Describe to him your life before you met Jesus and how it has changed since you were transformed by his saving grace. Re-read this letter as needed.