Evangelism Fear

One of the main reasons we are hesitant to share the Gospel is FEAR. We fear many things and one of them is asking questions like…are you saved? if you died tonight? do you know the Lord? This is a setup for misunderstanding because different religious traditions use very different vocabulary to talk about this subject. Also, it puts the person on the defensive. They feel judged or inspected, why else would you ask me such a question? If you were asking them to give their opinion of who Jesus is or what they think the Bible teaches, you just might engage them in an ongoing conversation about the man Jesus or what the Bible teaches about him. That is what we need, an ongoing, natural conversation about Jesus from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Let the Holy Spirit do the heavy lifting in the conversation.

  • Frank Howell

    I would be more inclined to begin a conversation with something like “What do you think about Jesus, or is that something you would even want to talk about?” It seems to me that not putting someone on the spot and leaving the subject open makes them more willing to get into a conversation about it.

    • http://www.primarysourceproject.org PrimarySourceProject

      The great thing about the Gospel stories is that they do the heavy lifting. All the great questions of life are covered somewhere in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus is the center of the narrative and is self evident and clear in His challenge to men and women in every place and time.

      • Frank Howell

        I hear ya. It’s so easy to get distracted and go off into our own webs of trying to explain the Gospel, when in reality there is no better better way to hear what Jesus said than to simply read what he said.

        It also seems to me that when people read the Gospels for the wrong reason(s), such as trying to find reason to disprove the Gospel or reading it without any intention of really hearing him, then reading it is often fruitless. Perhaps something like that is what Jesus meant in Matthew 11:15 when he said “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

        • http://www.primarysourceproject.org PrimarySourceProject

          so few people have “ears to hear” they are not listening. It is simple but not easy.