Reaching Others for Christ
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He commanded His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19b, 20a, NIV).
The links below provide you with resources to help you reach others for Christ.
Did you know that 80-90% of those who are making decisions for Christ today are falling away from the faith? Basically, modern evangelism is producing 80-90 backsliders for every 100 decisions for Christ. An underlying reason may be that the church has strayed away from the biblical way of presenting the gospel.
So how was Jesus' approach radically different from typical modern evangelistic methods? He uses a principle that prepares the heart for grace. It is the key that changes everything. (watch video)
by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years, it has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.
From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses. (read more)
by Becky Thomton
It’s a tricky topic for every Christian with a job. What role should your faith play at work?
Do you have to drop your faith at the door to your office? Is it even legal to talk about religion at work?
Whether it’s a classroom, cubicle or car, your faith can play an important role in your work environment. (read more)
by Steve Cable
In 1 Peter, Chapter 1, Peter writes, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you."
So, our hope is a living hope for an eternal inheritance reserved for us in heaven. If I am to make a defense for this hope of eternal life (1Peter 3:15), I need to be able to explain why I believe that the source of this hope has both the capability and the motivation to follow through on this offer. (read more)
by Randy D. Raysbrook
Many times we feel that to be effective in evangelism we have to create complex illustrations and memorize a seminary-worthy number of verses. But the Gospel is most powerful when shared with love, clarity, and (sometimes most importantly) simplicity.
One-Verse Evangelism® is a simple, interactive way to share Christ's love conversationally and visually. It is based on asking questions and sharing truth simply. It's easy to learn because it uses just one verse. One-Verse Evangelism® can be shared in just 10 or 15 minutes, but can have impact for a lifetime. (read more)
by Rick Wade
Even though we are physically better off because of our scientific knowledge applied through various technologies, are we better off all around than before we had such things? I am not deriding the benefit of science and technology; I am simply wondering about our spiritual and moral health. Our society is trying to find itself. This is clearly seen in current debates over important ethical and social issues. At the root of our culture wars is the question, Who are we, and what are we to be about? The age-old questions continue to haunt us: Where did I come from? Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? Where am I going? With the loss of his exalted place in the universe following the loss of a Christian world view, man now wonders what his place is. Am I significant in a universe that sees me as just one more piece of cosmic dust? Is there any intrinsic meaning to my existence? Or must I determine for myself what my place and role will be?
In addition to apologetic arguments from logic and factual evidence, we should also be prepared to answer questions such as these. We need to let people know that in Christ are found answers to the major issues of life. By doing this, we can engage people where they really live. We can show them that God is not some abstract force separated from the concerns of life, but "is intimately related to personal and human needs." As one writer put it, "God must be shown to be necessitated or justified by practical or existential thinking." (read more)
by William Wagner
For many years American Missiologists have known that culture plays an important part in Christian Witness. It is often taught that there are three different methods of evangelism based upon culture. Different methods are required in the three different categories. Islam is not only a religion but it is also a culture and a way of life. Americans who have learned western methods will often make mistakes in their witness to those of the Islamic faith. Here are three mistakes commonly made when attempting to be a witness to a Muslim. (read more)
A Navigator Seminar, by Lorne Sanny
This seminar on The Art of Personal Witnessing, comes to you with a prayerful desire that it will be helpful to you in your personal life and ministry. Before you begin each lesson ask God to show you the significance of the truths you are about to consider. The Bible will be your main textbook for this seminar. The final authority is not the seminar, but the Word of God upon which this course is based. (read more)
by Chris Adsit
God has always built a pass-along principle into His creation. He never intended that any living thing He created should just be born, live and die.
When it comes to evangelism, it's not enough to make converts and teach them the basics of the faith; we need to make sure that each one we reach can pass on the life of the kingdom to others who can pass it on to others. (read more)
After reading the above article, click here for a collection of useful discipleship materials.
by Voddie Baucham Jr.
Often, we are so immersed in our culture—and unfamiliar with the Bible—that we fail to see how our behavior conflicts with God’s Word. How does the Bible speak to the culture we live in? Only when we understand both the Bible and our culture can we effectively proclaim Christ to the world around us that is desperate for something eternal, unchangeable and immovable. (read more)
by Steve Cable
If we look at Peter’s entire life journey as recorded in Scripture, we see a life that set an incredible example of love, zeal, compassion, courage and effective apologetics. Wait a minute! Peter, a leader in apologetics?
Yes, absolutely Peter was a leader in this area. Peter was never shy about taking the lead. If we are to obey his command in 1 Peter 3:15 to be prepared with a reasoned defense, it behooves us to look at the example and teaching of Peter.
In this article, we will examine the apologetics of Peter to help us grow in our ability to give a reasoned defense. (read more)
by Greg Pritchard
Apologetics is the Science and Art of Christian Persuasion. The most quoted verse about Apologetics is 1 Peter 3:15. “Always be prepared to give an (apologia) defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Before a nonbeliever is willing to seriously consider the truth claims of Christianity, he must be willing to leave his current worldview or explanation of the world. An unbeliever becomes increasingly open to an alternative when shown that his world view does not adequately explain the world. (read more)
by Rusty Wright
Picture the scene. You're discussing your faith with a coworker or neighbor, perhaps over lunch or coffee. You explain your beliefs but your friend has questions:
How could a loving God allow evil and suffering?
The Bible is full of contradictions.
What about people who've never heard of Jesus?
How do you feel about these questions and objections? Anxious? Confused? Defensive? Combative? (read more)
by Bill Bright
No other adventure in life can compare with that of witnessing for Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. How You Can Be a Fruitful Witness spells out the spiritual preparation and practical skills you need to introduce others to Christ. (read more)
by Bill Bright
Many millions in numerous cultures throughout the world have been introduced to Christ by reading the Four Spiritual Laws. This home page teaches you how to use this same simple tool to present the gospel to your friends, neighbors and loved ones in the power of the Holy Spirit. (read more)
by Bill Bright
This article examines the command of Jesus to evangelize and disciple the world — the greatest command of all time given by the greatest person who ever lived! Christians today face the unprecedented opportunity of fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation. (read more)
by Insight for Living
This article presents two very simple but effective ways to break the ice with someone when desiring to share the gospel. Telling your own experience of your life before and after salvation can be a powerful witness that can’t be refuted. Also, knowing some good questions to ask and having the willingness to listen can take you far in bridging gaps with those who need to be reached. (read article)
by Charles R. Swindoll
Chuck Swindoll recalls a service station owner he once knew who was a wonderful example of lifestyle evangelism. His witnessing was a natural extension of who he was; it was not pressured, because he knew it was up to God to change a person’s heart. Chuck gives three important truths to remember when witnessing, which will help us be effective and make better use of our opportunities. (read article)
by Charles R. Swindoll
Swindoll describes well the smallness anyone who’s in Christian service can sometimes feel when up against the enormity of our calling to reach the world for Christ. Chuck shares the words of comfort that God gave him when he was burdened by the enormous task of leading a church. Let these words help you renew your focus also. (read article)
by Charles R. Swindoll
A joyless Christian, according to Chuck Swindoll, is an ineffective Christian. The best advertisement we can make for the cause of Christ may just be the smile on our faces—or the best jokes we can tell. Chuck gives examples of great Christian leaders who were known for being lighthearted. And he then gives three pointers on how we can cultivate joy in our lives and in our homes. (read article)