Six Evangelism Styles

Posted: September 7, 2014 in BBF, Evangelism

God didn’t make a mistake with us when He gave us different skills and talents. We can use our own personality traits when we are doing evangelism. For others, the concept of evangelism is something they would want to avoid, but for a disciple of Christ, evangelism is necessary.

What is evangelism? It is simply reaching the lost for Christ. That’s how simple it is. So here are six (I thought it was just five) methods we can use for evangelism.

#1 Confrontational Approach.

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We can look at the life of the disciple, Peter. He was aggressive (I want to use the word ‘rash’ but aggressive seems fitting). His personality was unhesitant, ready to jump at the moment, not someone who would think before he leaps. He would be seen ahead of the pack, being in front.

He was the one who blurted out “You are the Messiah” (Matt. 16:15). When Jesus was walking in the water, He asked Jesus to call him out. When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, He was the one who drew the sword.

Peter was confrontational. He would just say what is in his head. Sometimes, his tongue was quicker than his brain. Some of us are like Peter. We can use this evangelism technique if we have this personality.

Some examples of this method are the following:
Street Evangelism.
Giving of gospel tracks.
Drawing Romans 6:23 to our friends.

#2 Intellectual Approach.

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Looking at the life of Paul, on how he talked to the Athenians in Acts 17, showed that he could turn a discussion into a logical flow. He was able to turn the discussion of an unknown god into pointing them towards Christ. Even in his writings, we can see that it usually has an introduction, then he would state the problem, then address the theological issue, followed by practical advice, then conclude his letters. Read through the book of Romans, and other epistles and you would be able to see sequence, or a flow of thought.

Some people are not convinced by the confrontational approach. They need logic, they need a systematic approach, question and answer methods when discussing about God.

Some of us are like Paul. We can put things into perspective, get a logical flow of our ideas in explaining God.

Examples of this method are the following:
Debates, Discussions, Small group question and answer (and blogs as well!)

#3 Testimonial Approach

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There is this narrative about the blind man whom Jesus healed (check out John 9). When asked who healed him, he pointed people to Christ, and said, “I was once blind but now I see” (paraphrase mine). No one can take away his testimony. He was born blind but he was healed.

One of the effective ways of doing evangelism is sharing your testimony. How did you meet Christ? What was your life before Christ? What changed?

We can also talk about our day to day experiences, on how God provides for us, how God worked in our lives, on the miracles that happened, or even in the mundane things.

How about this…how many times where we supposed to be dead (literally) but because God spared us from a situation (such as a flood, a fire, an earthquake, a storm, or a life and death situation where we landed in the hospital), we are still alive? That is our testimony and no one can take it away from us.

Example of a testimony would be like this…
I have five motorcycle accidents and I am still alive. (That’s me!)

I survived the Ormoc flood which left thousands dead. (God still has a purpose on why I am alive!)

or it could be as simple as this…

God provides. In my entire five years in college, I was able to pay my tuition in time with no debts. (That is God at work in my life, I have no means of supporting myself except through God’s provisions!)

#4 Interpersonal Approach

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The calling of Matthew comes to mind. After Jesus said, “follow me”, the tax collector, Matthew (or Levi) left his booth and followed Christ. What is interesting to note that he also had a great feast in mind and invited his friends (see Luke 5:29). Interpersonal approach is simply using our friendship to win over people to Christ.

If we are the type who would love a conversation over coffee (ahem ahem…that’s me), or eating out with friends, sharing a meal, inviting people to our homes, or just talking with people, this is the approach for us.

Examples of this would be the following…
Inviting friends over for lunch/dinner or snacks.
Having a basketball game.
Hanging out in a beach.
Watching movies at home.

#5 Invitational Approach

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Jesus was passing by Samaria and encountered a Samaritan Woman at the well. When the Samaritan woman realized who she was talking to, she invited her friends to see for themselves (John 4:29).

Some people have the gift of inviting people. In our own language, we call this “hakot” or to bring in a crowd. Some people have the gift of inviting people to go places with them. Maybe we are one of these?

Examples of this would be the following…
Inviting our friends to join youth or go to church
Bringing people to the young adults’ fellowship

#6 Service Approach

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Acts 9:36 says Dorcas was someone who “was full of good works and acts of charity”. She was someone who we can imagine in the front lines, having a feeding program, being with the poor, or someone doing mission work. This is also another effective evangelism approach. Winning people to Christ through service.

We can also help out in our own ways.

Examples are…
Feeding program.
Leading people through outreaches for the streetkids.

In summary, God designed us in such a way that we can use our gifts or skills for evangelism. What style fits you?

Source: Adapted from: Mark Mittelburg’s Discover your Evangelism Style http://change.palau.org/files/cms/files/resources/ShareYourStory2009Web.pdf?phpMyAdmin=5cc4a9d6eeat350d2a6f

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