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Does Evangelism Come by Instinct?

June 19, 2008

On the one hand, evangelism doesn’t come innately. We’re not born with an “evangelism instinct.” On the other hand, we are given the Spirit which testifies to Christ “naturally” (i.e., it becomes the only and natural overflow of the Spirit inside the Christian). In the fight against our flesh, and growth in the Spirit, evangelism is both natural AND a skill to be learned. Like every skill, whether shooting a basketball, organizing a conference, comforting the afflicted, evangelism must be practiced.

Here’s a very helpful article about increasing your life of evangelism from one who I think is gifted by God as an evangelist–which means to equip you and I to do that work (Eph 4)! ARTICLE-DR. CHUCK LAWLESS

Here’s a summary from an acquaintance of mine, a fellow student from Southern Seminary, Timmy Brister:

1. Set a goal for developing relationships with non-believers.

In most cases, we get so isolated in our Christian bubble that we seldom have strong friendships with non-believers. Countering this tendency is not easy unless we intentionally strive to develop relationships with people outside of the church.

2. Set a goal for praying for non-believers.

Determine to pray at least weekly that God will open their blinded minds (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) and transfer them from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1:13). Pray as well that you will share the Gospel boldly and clearly when an open door is apparent (Ephesians 6:18-20; Colossians 2:3-4).

3. Set a goal for simply speaking about God’s goodness.

Speak about God to your spouse, a staff member, the convenience store clerk or the bank teller. Tell somebody about God’s work in your life each day, and sharing the Gospel may well become easier.

4. Set a goal for sharing the Gospel.

If you are not evangelizing now, consider a goal to share Christ at least twice a month. If you are already doing evangelism, ask God to move you toward sharing Christ at least weekly, if not daily.

5. Set a goal for mentoring new believers.

The Great Commission is not complete when a non-believer has chosen to follow Christ. If you are not mentoring young believers, you are missing a critical component of the disciple-making process.

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  1. July 25, 2008 4:30 pm is very helpful!In Christ,jason

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