Summary: We might not feel comfortable sharing our faith, but let's make sure that we don't sabotage those who do.
If there is one word that strikes fear in the hearts of most church goers it is “evangelism”. Most of us understand the necessity of people meeting Jesus. All but the most callous are heartbroken at the thoughts of friends and loved ones spending an eternity far from God.
And yet. . . Yet, so often we are reluctant to share our faith. We don’t know what to say, we are afraid to offend, we are worried about what people will think of us. And so we justify and rationalize and talk about our spiritual gifts and the gift blend of those who are successful soul winners. And we still feel guilty about not saying anything.
We’ll tell people that they have a flat tire, we’ll tell people that they left their lights on in their car or that they left their purse on the table at Tim Horton’s. We will tell them about the great book we read or the new restaurant that we just tried. We’ll share our political views and occasionally our fries but are reluctant to share the one thing that we say is of eternal importance, our faith.
And I understand that, like you I’ve made the list of people I was going to pray for and then lead through the plan of salvation. Maybe, like me, you have memorized the “Roman Road” or some other list of scriptures that show people the necessity of accepting Christ. And for those of you who think a Roman Road is a cobblestone highway it’s not. Well technically it is, but that’s not all it is. It is also a method that uses scripture from the book of Romans to lead someone through the plan of Salvation.
When I was in university I took a course called Personal Evangelism and we used the book “You Can Be a Soul Winner, Here’s How.” And as part of the course we had to go to the doors of complete strangers get ourselves invited in, compliment them on their home and children, show them the necessity of meeting Jesus and lead them through the plan of salvation. It sounded very similar to the training I received before I began my very short lived, 1 week, career selling Filter Queen Vacuum cleaners. I passed both courses and sold one vacuum cleaner and didn’t lead anyone to the Lord.
After I graduated from College I went to seminars put on by various groups, I read and re-read “Out of the Salt Shaker and into the World”, “The Master Plan for Evangelism”, “Contagious Christianity” and “Just Walk Across the Room”. I have memorized acronyms and have trained for umpteen different crusades and have taken part in 3 “Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism” And I still don’t do it well enough or often enough. But I’m trying, and we should all be trying.