Lesson Six: A Comprehensive Approach to Presenting the Gospel – Phase One

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Lesson #6:  A Comprehensive Approach to Presenting the Gospel – Phase One

 

Expectations:

 

  1. Learn how to conduct an effective introduction when witnessing.  

  2. Understand the purpose of your preliminary discussion before witnessing.

  3. Learn when to use your personal testimony and present spiritually discerning questions.

  • Develop your witnessing approach from the first minute of conversation to the discernment of a person’s need.

 

Introduction

    

  • When witnessing you should approach the opportunity with purpose, prayer and optimism. That first critical minute must be genuine and dependent on the power of God.

 

  • “Mr./Ms. Jones? Hi, my name is Sylvester Brown, and this is __________________. We are from Mount Zion Baptist Church. We are in the neighborhood to invite you and your family to our annual homecoming celebration. We want to get to know our neighbors and see if we can serve you as a community church in any way. May we come in for a moment?”

 

  • That introduction accomplishes five objectives.

    • I have made the person I am talking to aware of my desire to get to know him/her.

    • I have stated my name unashamedly.

    • I have relieved the person’s mind about whom I represent.

    • I have shown the person I am talking to that there is a reason for my visit. Always have a reason for your visit/call.

    • I have taken the initiative of inviting us in.

            

Preliminary Discussion

 

  • Don’t witness until you have developed a basic rapport. Look for hints of personal interest and talk casually for a while. You and the prospect must feel comfortable with each other. You must care genuinely and be a good listener as the prospect talk about himself and his interests.

 

  • You must ask an open ended question about the person’s religious life.

 

  • Talk about your church ministry. Discuss an element of the church ministry that may be of interest to the prospect. As disciples, Jesus asks us to show men and women how to be sure of eternal life and how to enjoy a satisfying and abundant life in this world. This becomes the bridge to you talking about your testimony.

 

Your Personal Testimony

 

  • Remember that your testimony outline has three simple parts: what your life was like before you trusted Christ as your Savior, what made the difference at the point of decision, and how Christ has changed your life since then.

 

  • Personal testimonies can be powerful for the listener when delivered in faith and prayer. Make truth come alive. Be sure to include the basics.

 

  • Religion does not save anyone.

  • Life once was empty, unsatisfying, purposeless.

  • I heard a message that changed my life—the message of Calvary.

  • I passed from death to life.

  • Now I’m sure that I’m going to heaven.

  • Christ has made a wonderful difference in my life.

 

Two Powerful Questions   

 

  • Your testimony should let the listener know that you are saved. Now you want to discern the spiritual condition of the listener by asking two questions.

 

  • General question. “Have you come to the place in your spiritual life that you could say for sure that if you were to die today you would go to heaven?”

 

  • The answer requires a simple “yes” or “no” but usually get something else.

 

  • Specific Question. “Suppose you were to die today and stand before God, and He should ask you, “Mr./Ms. Jones, why should I let you into my heaven/ What would your answer be?”

    • To answer this, a person must commit himself and search out his true hope of heaven.

    • It is important to make him very conscious of his answer. Be sure to ask the person to repeat his answer.

    • Believing in Jesus Christ as savior must have a precise definition. We believe when we rest our hope in something. Our faith is not vague mental assent. It is conscious, willful trust.

 

  • Don’t be anxious to criticize or put a person down for an inadequate answer. Turn a minus into a plus.

    • Consider responding with something like, “Mr./Ms. Jones, I knew nothing about you when I came here tonight, but now I know that I have good news for you.”

    • You have now built a bridge to presenting the gospel.

    

Closing thought:  As you study the comprehensive approach to presenting the gospel, make sure you develop your own style and method. Pray that the preciousness of Christ will be so real to you that your joy and winsomeness will be instantly obvious to the strangers you meet.  

 

Assignment:

1. Memorize Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 Peter 2:24, and 1 Peter 3:18.

2. Look in a mirror and ask, “If I came to the front door of my house, would I let me in?” Consider what causes a person to be afraid of strangers at the door and try to alleviate their fears.

3. Work with your evangelism partner to improve your own bridge-building devices. Look around your house to see what could be used as a point of conversation.

Prayer requests/Praise reports: