Evangelism Training

Telling the Truth

TELLING THE TRUTH: INTRODUCTION

The purpose of the entire universe, including each and every one of us, is to bring honor and glory to the holy God who created and sustains all that there is. To accomplish this, His attributes must be clearly shown. Therefore, we need to allow His Spirit to live His characteristics through our lives. (Psalm 150:6; Isaiah 6:3; Philippians 1:21).
God-honoring evangelism isn't something you do; it's who you are! If one was to bump a cup of milk, milk would spill out of it. Only what is inside can come out. In like manner, we as believers are to be full of the Holy Spirit. Then, when someone interacts with us, the Spirit is what they see. The Psalmist said his cup ran over. We should be so full of the Lord Jesus that any time others act upon us, His joy, peace, love and presence spill onto their lives! Our walk with Christ should be so overwhelming, so blessed that we can't contain it. We feel we must tell someone. That's true evangelism! (Psalm 23:5; 2 Corinthians 5:14)
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In order to be successful in evangelism, the servant of the Lord must be:
Saved- To effectively convince others of the saving, keeping power of God, we need personally to know Him ourselves. As we have the joy that Jesus b rings, we will have His power and motivation to tell others about Him. (Proverbs 28:13; Philippians 3:10-11)
Sanctified- God can't use us as He pleases until we are set apart unto Him. Our sin must be confessed and forsaken for us to effectively share Him with others. Our hearts' desire must be for Him and His kingdom, not the world. Daily disciplines such as prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other believers needs to be taking place. The fruit of the Spirit and the life of faith and obedience are the foundations on which a thriving evangelism ministry is built. (1 John 1:9, 2:15-17).
Serving- It's impossible to steer a parked car. For God to guide and bless our efforts, we must be moving in ministry. For victory in evangelism, we must be willing to launch out into the deep, out of our comfort zone, where we know and benefit from a total dependence on God to keep His promises. (John 15:5, Philippians 1:6, 4:13)

Matthew 4:19- "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

Happy Fishing!

TELLING THE TRUTH: WHAT is it?

Gospel-The true story of how Jesus Christ, being God in the flesh, lived a sinless life, shed His blood as He died on the cross for our sin, was buried, and rose again. As one believes this, faith in Christ along brings salvation to the soul.(1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Colossians 1:18)
Salvation-The securing of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ made possible by grace through faith. Thereby, the soul is saved from sin and its penalty of separation from God. As a result of saving faith, the indwelling Holy Spirit is given to empower the believer to walk through this life and eternity in fellowship with God, rather than experience separation from Him in the Lake of Fire. (John 6:44, 17:3, 3:36; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:9-11)
Evangelism-The sharing of the Gospel message with unbelievers with a view of bringing them to the point of decision. God alone saves souls; our part is but to sow the Seed of the Gospel, entrusting it to the Lord of the harvest. (John 15:8; Matthew 9:37-38; Romans 1:16)
NOTE: Why evangelize? Believers should share their faith because it is mandated in Scripture, and the love of Christ for, in and through us should lead us to seek others to bring to Him.
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TELLING THE TRUTH: What Do WE Tell?

1) The Holiness of God -
Psalm 145:17; Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 15:4
2) The Sinfulness of Mankind -
Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-11, 3:23; James 2:10; 1 John 3:4
3) The Penalty of Sin -
Isaiah 59:1-2; Ezekiel 18:4; Daniel 12:2; John 12:48; Romans 5:12, 6:23a, 14:12; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:14-15
4) Christ Took Our Punishment -
Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53:6b; Daniel 9:26a, 12:2; Matthew 19:26; John 3:16; Acts 4:12, 26:18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18
5) Our Need to Repent & Believe -
Genesis 15:6; Psalm 51:13, 2:12; Mark 1:15; John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Romans 4:5, 6:23b; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 2 Timothy 2:25
6) Guarantee of Eternal Security -
John 3:36, 5:24, 10:28-40; Romans 8:38-39

TELLING THE TRUTH: How do we tell it?

1. Pray -- There's never a wrong time to pray.
(Matthew 21:22; Luke 18:1; Acts 6:4; Ephesians 3:20, 6:18-19; James 5:16b)
2. Use Scripture -- The Word of God does not return void. God's Word empowered by the Holy Spirit is what saves souls, not our wit, ideas, or words.
(Isaiah 55:1; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17, 4:2; 2 Peter 1:21-22)
3. Assume a Positive Response -- Have a positive approach and keep the conversation friendly, positive, and constructive as much as possible.
(1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 13;23; Philippians 2:13)
4. Be Courteous -- If you win an argument, you will probably lose the soul. Nobody can be argued into God's family. Rather, God draws them supernaturally to Himself. Trust Him to do His work in their hearts.
(Proverbs 25:11; John 6:44; James 1:19-20)
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5. Use Subject, not "Yes-No" Questions -- Utilize words like what, where, when, who, why, and how. Don't ask questions demanding a yes or no answer, as they can render the conversation vague, confusing, or manipulative.
6. Boldly Speak with Confidence -- Put the burden of proof on the one with whom you are sharing. Your life and faith are proof that Christ lives and that salvation is real.
(Matthew 4:16; Acts 4:13, 28:31; Philippians 1:6)
7. Lead toward a Point of Decision -- The conversation should lead to the point at which the hearer accepts of rejects Christ. There should be a flow toward your asking, "What will you do with Jesus?"
(Acts 8:5, 17:30; 1 Corinthians 9:16)
8. Speak the Truth in Love -- While the truth must be presented, it should be shown in a context of love, not a judgmental or arrogant attitude.
(2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 4:15)
9. Don't Be Controlled by Fear -- While there is nothing wrong with expressing the emotion of fear, the witness should not allow it to keep him or her from doing all that God's will demands.
(Jeremiah 1:8; Luke 12:4-5; 2 Timothy 1:7)
10. Listen to Others -- It is important to listen in order to be effective when you speak. God has given us two ears and only one mouth. For the sake of courtesy, testimony, relationship, and understanding, it is good that we use them accordingly in telling others of Christ.
(Psalm 102:19-21)
11. Don't Speak Religious Rhetoric -- Realize the probability that the person to whom you are witnessing does not understand much of traditional Christian vocabulary. It is very important to define our terms so as to be understood.
(1 Corinthians 14:33)
12. Be Yourself -- God made you a unique entity for a unique purpose. There is a personalized ministry that God wants us to perform that He's given us the skills, strengths, personalities, weaknesses, and backgrounds to accomplish.
(1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 139:14; Jeremiah 1:5)
13. Be Real -- If you pretend to be something you are not, or to think or feel something you really do not, it will become evident to the hearer. We cannot honor God by Deceit but by integrity.
(1 Corinthians 1:26-29; 2 Corinthians 1:12)
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Engaging Gospel Questions

Initiating the Conversation

  • Introduce Yourself
  • Tell them your name
  • Ask their name
    • Use their name throughout the conversation
  • Ask God to give you an opening,
    believe God heard you,
    take the step of faith,
    and start talking.
    Examples:
    • I'm out with some friends, talking to people about how they can have a relationship with God...
    • Did you see what happened in the news?
      Why do you think stuff like that happens?
      Has it always been this way from the dawn of time?
      What do you think that God thinks about this?
    • I have been praying for you, is there something specific that I could pray about for you?
  • Remember Luke 6:31; Proverbs 16:21-24; Colossians 4:3-6

Bridging the Conversation

  • Opening With Engaging Questions
  • Questions about them
    • What kind of relationship with God would you say you have?
    • When did you start to believe that way>
  • Ask God to give you an opening
    • How do we get a relationship with God?
    • How good would you say God is?
      Has He ever done anything wrong?
    • What would it take in order for God to accept someone?
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Directing the Conversation

  • Emphasizing God's Holiness
  • Statements:
  • God is holy; which means no one is like Him.
    He is different, unique, and beautiful.
    When we say God is love, no one loves like God.
    God is righteous.
    No one is righteous like God.
    He is perfect.

    • 1 Samuel 2:2;
    • Psalm 5:4-5;
    • Matthew 5:48;
    • 1 John 1:5.

  • Question:
  • If God is so holy, how good would you say we would have to be in order to be in a right standing with God?
    In other words, how good is good enough?

    • 1 Peter 1:16.

  • Emphasizing Man's Sinfulness
  • Questions:
  • How do we compare to God?
    What keeps us from being as perfect as He is?
    Where did that come from?
    • Genesis 2:15-17;
    • Genesis 3:1-6;
    • Romans 5:12.

  • Statements:
  • No one is holy like God because of sin.
    Sin is when we fall short of being as holy as God.
    We sin when we break God's law.
    Sin is not loving God and our neighbor.
    • Romans 3:23;
    • 1 John 3:4;
    • Matthew 22:35-40.

  • Question(s):
    You could read and explain:
    • Exodus 20:1-17;
    • Matthew 5:8, 21-22, 27-30;
    • 1 John 3:15
    • Revelation 21:8
    Have you ever done any of these things?
    What do you think the punishment would be for breaking His law?
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  • Emphasizing Sin's Debt
  • Statement:
  • The Bible says we owe death for our sin.
    That means your sin separates you from God and that you owe eternal death for your sin.
    If you die separated from God, where do you think you will spend eternity?
    • Ezekiel 18:4;
    • Romans 5:12, 6:23;
    • Revelation 20:14-15

  • Question(s):
  • If you owe death for you sin then what do you think you can do to put yourself into a right standing with God?
    • Isaiah 59:1-2-- Asking for forgiveness isn't enough to pay your debt.
    • Jeremiah 13:23--Turning from your sins isn't enough.
    • Isaiah 64:6--Living right isn't enough.

  • Question:
  • If you can't pray enough,
    go to church enough,
    or be good enough to pay for your sin
    then what do you think you can do to put yourself into a right relationship with God?

  • Question:
  • What if I showed you how you could be put into a right standing with God right here and now and you could never lose that right standing with God?
    Read Romans 6:23.
  • Emphasizing Christ's Payment
  • Question:
  • What would you say is eternal life?
    Read John 17:3.

  • Question(s):
  • Who do you think Jesus is that He could give us eternal life?
    Read John 1:1-3, 14-18.

  • Statement(s):
    • God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ.
      Jesus is God in a human body. (Philippians 2:5-10, John 8:24)
    • He perfectly obeyed God the Father for us.(John 17:4)
    • He never sinned. (1 John 3:5)
    • Jesus placed our sins upon Himself (1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18)
      and was willingly separated from God for us.(Matthew 27:46, Isaiah 53:4-6)
    • God treated Jesus as if he committed all our sins for us even though Christ never sinned. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
    • He died the death that we owe.(Romans 5:6-10)
    • He was buried and rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
      so that if you believe in Him (Romans 5:6-10)
      then the Father will accept you as if you lived the perfect life His Son lived. (Romans 4:5)
    • You can trade your sins (Acts 17:30-31)
    • for His perfect life and know God personally right now. (John 10:15)

  • Question:
  • What is keeping you from trusting Christ right here and now?
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  • Emphasizing Their Responsibility
  • Statement(s):
  • You must turn from your sins and whatever else is keeping you from trusting Christ and trust that Who Jesus is and what Jesus did is enough for God to accept you forever. (John 3:16-18)
    God can completely forgive you through Christ. (John 5:24)
    Either believe that God's anger toward you was already poured out on Jesus so that you can have God's love forever, or, if you don't believe, then God's wrath is hanging over your head and one day you will be separated from Him forever in the lake of fire. (John 3:36)
    If you don't believe that what Jesus did is enough then you are saying that God lied when He promised to give eternal life to those who believe. (1 John 5:10-13)

  • Questions:
  • What is keeping you from trusting Christ right here and now?
    What does the Bible say that you must do?

  • Questions:
  • God wants everybody (1 Timothy 2:3-6) but He will not accept everyone. (Matthew 7:21-23)
    On what basis will God accept you?
    Why would God accept you if he is not going to accept everyone?

Concluding the Conversation

  • If They Profess Christ
  • Ask clarifying questions:
    • What if you and I would never have met today: would you have known enough to trust Christ? What if you would have died before we talked, where would you have spent eternity? What is the difference between now and yesterday?
  • Pray a "thank you prayer" with them:
    • If what you are telling me is true then you are saying that Jesus rescued you from the Lake of Fire. What do you think about that? How do you feel about God and His love? Well, why not tell Him that right now?
    • Talk them through a thank you prayer.
  • Ask more clarifying questions.
  • If They Reject Christ
    • Explain it is between them and God and that you will be praying for them.
    • Explain how they are still under God's wrath.
    • Pray for them before they leave.
    • Leave the conversation on good terms.
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  • Emphasizing Eternal Security
  • Question:
  • What would it take for God to no longer accept you?
  • Statement:
  • Read John 10:27-30. No one will ever take eternal life away from you.
    • Verse 27. If someone truly believes in Jesus then they will have eternal life. If someone has eternal life, then they are one of His sheep. If they are one of His sheep, then they will follow Him and Jesus knows them personally. He will continue to give them the grace to keep believing.
    • Verses 28-30. No one will take any of Christ's sheep ouf of His Hand and none of His sheep will ever die in the Lake of Fire. No on will take any of Christ's sheep out of His Father's hand. The Father and the Son will protect Their sheep forever. No one is stronger than the Father. You are not stronger than the Father and Satan is not stronger than the Father.
  • Statement:
    Read Romans 8:35-39. Nothing can separate believers from the love of God in Christ.
    • Verses 35-37 We are promised to suffer for following Christ but we overwhelmingly win through Christ.
    • Verses 38-39 Nothing we have ever done, will do, or that will be done to us, will ever separate us from God's love.
  • Statement:
  • Read:
    • Ephesians 2:8-10;
    • Titus 3:1-8;
    • Romans 4:1-5;
    • 1 John 10:10-13.
    We are not saved by faith in our faith.
  • Statement:
  • Read: 2 Corinthians 5:15 He died for us so that we would live for Him instead of ourselves.
Have more questions?
Email: aaronkrause@wol.org.
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Follow-up

Ensure Connection

  1. Get all contact information from the responder
    • Name and phone numbers
    • Home and mailing addresses
    • Email address
  2. Give your Pastor a copy of all the contact information.
  3. Give the responder the contact information of the church you represent
  4. Introduce the responder to your Pastor so that they can know them and give them further information as needed.

Scriptural Confirmation

  1. Explain the promise of eternal security for believers
    • Romans 8:35-39. Nothing will ever separate believers from God's love in Christ.
    • John 10:27-30. Believers will never go to the Lake of Fire. No one will snatch believers out of the Father's and Son's hands.
  2. Explain that eternal life is about knowing God and His Son present and eternally (John 17:3)
  3. Explain that Jesus died and rose so that believers would live for Him (2 Corinthians 5:15)
    • It is not a free ticket to heaven
    • He sets us free from being a slave to ourselves so that we can live for Him
    • Since He died for us, why wouldn't we want to live for Him? (John 14:15)
  4. Explain that God gives us a new heart that wants Jesus instead of sin (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  5. Explain that if you have eternal life through faith in Christ, then you will follow Him (John 10:27)
  6. Explain that God gives us His Spirit so that we have the ability to follow Jesus (Ephesians 1:13)
  7. We follow Jesus by obeying Him daily (Acts 2:41-42)
    • We must get baptized as a public symbol of us being identified with Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-11)
    • We must devote ourselves to reading, studying, and obeying the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15)
    • We must devote ourselves to fellowshipping with ta local church
    • We must devote ourselves to prayer
    • We must devote ourselves to fishing for souls (Matthew 4:19)
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Additional Instructions

Protocol in Open Air Meetings

  1. Don't distribute tracts in the meeting area.
  2. Come and stand in the crowd when the speaker begins painting.
  3. Focus on the speaker, quietly standing in close to the board.
  4. Pursue people who seem interested but leave early.
  5. Speak to people only after they exit the direct meeting area.
  6. Stay within the designated boundaries.
  7. Pass tracts between meetings only to those going away from the meeting area.
  8. Initiate conversations with members of the same sex when possible.
  9. Speak with hecklers, interjectors, and interested individuals outside the immediate crowd, so as not to distract or be distracted.
  10. Engage passers-by in conversation directly following the meeting dismissal.

Pamphlet Distribution

  1. Extend your arm so as to display the tract in one hand, while holding more tracts in your other hand.
  2. Call out in a friendly, but sturdy, voice, "Here's some Good News for you!", or "Here's something good for you to read!"
  3. Offer literature as people are still several steps in front of you.
  4. Refer to the tract as: literature, Good News, a pamphlet, information, or "something to read."
  5. Pass tracts randomly only when there is no possibility of speaking personally to individuals.
  6. Tracts may be used to open conversations. They can be distributed with a lead-in question or comment such as:
    • This will tell you about God and how to know Him!
    • How do you believe one might know God?
    • Here is some Christian literature for you today!
    • What do you believe makes someone a Christian?
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