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I Want to Start Sharing the Gospel, But Now What?

If you have been reading my articles lately, you have probably noticed a very consistent theme, that being that Christians are commanded to share the gospel with the lost. I have been writing these articles for the very purpose of awakening the church to the desperate need in our world for the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached. It has been my sincere hope and prayer that these articles may have caused even a small number of Christians to stop and evaluate whether they have been obedient to the command of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you are one that has realized he or she has not been doing so, but realize you need to be, you may be asking, “What do I do now? Just how do I go about doing this?” It is my hope and prayer that over the next few articles I can answer these questions and help equip you to biblically share the great and glorious message that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. Today, there are three things I want to encourage you to do as you go about preparing yourself to evangelize the lost.

First and foremost, before we ever wade out into the world to share the gospel, we need to be about the business of praying to God. A Christian must pray that God would give him wisdom, boldness and an unquenching thirst to preach the gospel to the lost. Christians must pray for humility, confessing their sins and repenting of them, and praying that they would not seek their own recognition and glory. Rather, Christians should pray that they would seek only to glorify the Lord by preaching His truth, not seeking to persuade with our own vain philosophies, but by speaking His revealed Word. Christians must pray for the Lord to break through the hardened, stony hearts of sinners and that He would reveal their need for Christ as their Savior. That He would cause the scales to fall from the eyes of the lost and cause them to see Christ in all His glory. Christians should also pray for steadfastness, an unwavering desire to preach the true gospel, no matter the opposition, or even persecution, that they may face. We must pray that we never become weary in doing good even when the world seeks to shut us up, when our friends and family tell us to stop being “so preachy” and even when our local churches refuse to support us because we are “judgmental.” We must pray that we would never stop sharing the gospel because we seek to please God alone and desire to bring a lost and dying world to Him. Prayer is one of our most potent and valuable weapons because it causes us to come to the throne of grace, seeking the power and equipping of our sovereign Lord. Never seek to accomplish the task of evangelism under your own “power.” Rather seek the power of God Himself to do the work.

Secondly, Christians need to become thoroughly equipped in the study of the scriptures. Human wisdom and philosophy can accomplish precious little when it comes to proclamation of the gospel. Remember that those who are lost are slaves to sin and are spiritually dead. Our words alone will never penetrate the rocky soil of an unregenerate heart. Only the Words of God Himself can break up that stone and make the heart into fertile soil. Therefore, we must be diligent to study the Bible daily, but not just to find scriptures that bolster our arguments. Such study accomplishes little because we are not seeking the actual context and application of God’s Word. If we fail to discern the true meaning of a passage, we may end up ripping scriptures out of context and doing damage to the message itself. Rather, we should study that we might grow in all wisdom and understanding. We should study so that our lives are so impacted by the Word, that every aspect of how we live changes to reflect the image of our Savior. In doing so, not only will we gain the words necessary to share with the lost, we will actually demonstrate that we believe them because our lives will reflect it. All the objections and obstacles that man can offer against God find their demise in the very words of our Lord. Study, memorize and learn to apply all of the scriptures on a daily basis.

Third, remember that you were once a lost and condemned sinner too. Remember that you had sinned against the very Creator who gave you life and breath through your wicked works. Remember that you had broken His laws, that you had been a liar, a thief, an idolator, a blashpember, one who lusted and fornicated, who harbored unjust anger in your heart, one who had sought only to please himself above all others. That in your sinned darkened stated, had you died and stood before God, who is perfectly righteous and holy, you would have been judged guilty and rightly condemned to an eternity it Hell. Yet, while you were still a sinner, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you on the cross. That Christ lived the life of perfect obedience to the law that you could not. That He willingly went to the cross to suffer a brutal and humiliating death, the one that you deserved. That three days later, He rose again, defeating death and giving you a promise of eternal life. Remember that one day, God sent someone to you to share this glorious message of salvation. That He opened your eyes and softened your heart. That God miraculously granted you repentance and faith and caused you to be born again. And as you remember these things, glorify the Lord through worship and praise. Remember that you were once dead and He made you alive. Rejoice that God took an unworthy sinner like you (and me) and adopted you as His child. Then, in your praise and adoration of Him, seek to obey His command to preach this glorious message to others.

By equipping ourselves in these three areas – prayer, study and worship – we prepare ourselves for the spiritual warfare of saving souls. We are equipped with God’s power rather than our own and we are using His weapons in this battle. The preaching of the gospel is not an effort to improve lives, change minds or rescue the culture. The preaching of the gospel is two things: first, it is the glorification of our great God and Savior; second, it is a rescue mission to save souls on a path to Hell. Therefore, we dare not treat this lightly. Let us be fully prepared, with all God has to offer us, before we step foot onto the battlefied.

In my next article, I intend to speak on the biblical presentation of the gospel and to point out the errors of modern evangelical “evangelism.”

About Chris Hohnholz

Born again believer in Jesus Christ • Co-Host, Producer, All Around Gofer Monkey at Cross Encounters Radio

9 comments on “I Want to Start Sharing the Gospel, But Now What?

  1. If you have read my blogs you will recognize that I am a Born Again Christian and an Evangelist.
    I have presented the gospel to hundreds if not thousands of people over 40 years. What I have found is that you can plant the seed of the gospel to those you meet, but you can’t make them believe or ask for foregiveness and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior over their lives. But the seed needs to be watered and given plant food to nurish, in order for the seed to grow into a strong plant. Anotherwards, when the gospel is presented to someone, there needs to be follow up, and perhaps recommending a church or Sunday School where they can ask questions, read the bible and learn God’s Word. It is important for the new Christian or ones who are on the fence to have fellowship with other believers.
    When a person is beligerant about recieving a tract or hearing the gospel, you can be pleasent and hand them a tract and walk away, or try to find out what is eating at them. Then give advice and pray with them for their problem. They may very well come up to you later with questions, thanks, or tell you how much you changed their lives. Then you tell them, It was Jesus who changed you, and that you are simply sharing God’s Word. You don’t take credit, be humble. When talking to unbelievers, it isn’t easy to go up to strangers to share the gospel. One way is, to befriend them first, find out a little bit about them first. Now you have their attention. Then ask them if they have ever thought , said or done any bad things about anyone, or slandered or gossiped about a friend, or associate etc.
    Have you ever stolen anything no matter how small, lied, fantisized over a sexy woman when you are married, or coveted someone’s posessions?
    They will respond yes. Then you will say, anotherwards you are a liing, thieving, adulteror. So if you were to die today and you went before God, do you think He would let you into His Heaven?
    HE would ask you why should I allow you to come in? When you are not saved, everything you have ever thought, done or said will be out for everyone to see and hear. There is NO way that person can get into heaven under those circumstances. But there is a way. It isn’t by works. But instead, asking God to forgive you of ALL your sins. Recognizing that God sent his son to be ripped apart and nailed to a cross/tree, so that the blood he shed, would cover Mankind’s sin. and the pain endured would heal the sick and down trodden, IF A PERSON COMPLETLEY PUT’S THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, asks for forgiveness of sins, Ask that Jesus be their Lord and Savior, and promise to follow God’s Word as best as he/she can. Some people ask that they be changed into the person God wants them to be, that they can’t go it alone.
    Pray often, give thanks often. You now have a Heavenly Father that will hear your conversations with Him, you are filled with the Holy Spirit as your councelor. I pray and talk to HIM because he is a dear friend and Father to me. He works through me, and helps me to know what to say, guides
    me, uses me to heal, and to evangelize. The Bible is so sacred, it is the only book you real have to have. Everything from economics to child rearing, relationships, family, morals, values, faith, love, and how to best deal with ones daily trials. You will notice that nothing is impossible with God. He decides the best time and place to answer prayers. He will decide if what you pray for works for the best out come. Don’t forget, God knows the past, present and Future. So He can see the big picture that we can’t see. Some times He needs to discipline us, in order that we get back on track. He may cause or allow an event to happen so that your focus is totally on Him for help. Often when everything is down at it’s worst, is when we finally go to God and ask for help.
    GOD IS LOVE and JUST. When we are Born Again, we are supposed to turn away from our sorded past. Everything sinful and questionable in our past is forgiven. That means we start off fresh as a new creature. God has adopted us into His family. Now He is our Heavenly father who takes care of us, helps us, loves us, and disciplines us, as any earthly father should. The Holy Spirit takes residence in us. When we stray from what we know to be good, we feel it, we think about it, we make a choice as to what way to go. After salvation, humans will still sin from time to time. We ask for forgiveness with the idea that we will try hard for the sin not to be repeated. We don’t lose our salvation, but God is disapointed in us. When we go way off track, God will find a way to get us back.

    There are a large number of people who call themselves Christian who have never had the salvation prayer discussed with them. Works will not get you into Heaven, ONLY salvation will. Then as a saved person, you are expected to advance God’s Kingdom by spreading the gospel, and the works
    of time, kindness, and money. Being a responsible employee, boss, family member, citizen, speaker, Pastor, teacher, scientist, President, military, medical and dental practice employee, police and firemen. What ever your ocupation, you need to do it to your best ability, be understanding of others in the buisness or home. Be encouraging, lifting up. Try to be as positive as you can, so others will like working with you, or for you. When people see us, they should notice something different out us. Let Jesus Christ shine through us.
    We are here to build character and to spread the gospel. God doesn’t want any of us to go to hell except Satan. God designed and created us. He loves us, and wants us to be in Heaven with Him for eternity. We are getting closer and closer to the Rapture. Our time is running out. Just think, would you want anyone to go to Hell and suffer for eternity?
    Talk to the people in your office, the postman, the neighbors, your family. Go on Facebook or other sites where you can reach large numbers of people.
    Most will

  2. Chris,

    Press on, my brother!

    One nit – Christians do not need to pray for forgiveness, having been once forgiven for all times. We do need to pray for repentance – daily.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  3. Your nit is conceded. My point was that we are to confess our sins, but you are correct, I should have said repentance.

  4. Your nit has been duly corrected sir.

  5. Excellent article! For we all must be doing all of these things all the time, and if we want the power of God and His blessing on our witnessing, we must honour Him.

    If we don’t do these things, He may still use us, because God is in the business of using flawed people, but we’ll miss much of the blessing, and it will be wood, hay, and stubble, fit only to be burned, to our account..

  6. Thank you for sharing this. I, along with 3 friends go 1x/week to witness at a large, secular university in our city. Prayer, study and worship are key. We cannot do this in our strength, no matter how eloquent our speech or persuasive our arguments as it is the gospel and Holy Spirit that lead men to repentance. I am finding that study is so important as the Lord brings to remembrance Scripture that I have memorized and studied. Please pray for us. We are in the Bible Belt and encounter many churchgoers and church kids as well as witches, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics and all believing that they are on are on the right path.

  7. Pat, I am glad to hear that this article ministered to you. Thank you for being obedient to the command to share the gospel. If you find anything of value on these posts, please consider sharing them with other Christians. Thank you.

  8. Excellent & precious! Thank you so much.
    Looking forward for the continuing articles!
    Too bad it’s only in English language ;-)
    (reblogged it anyways on:
    https://jesaja662.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/i-want-to-start-sharing-the-gospel-but-now-what/ )

  9. Reblogged this on meanlittleboy2 and commented:
    great article,,,suggestion to all,,folow this blog

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