Evangelism for Ordinary People

This Sunday’s sermon from I Peter 3:8-18 ministered grace to me. As a veteran of a number of high powered, guilt driven presentations on our obligation to tell others about Christ, I needed to hear this message and be reminded of the instructions the Bible actually gives on sharing our hope in Christ. I Peter 3 presents a method of evangelism that really isn’t a method at all–which is pretty much the core value. But if you want to call it a method, then the method is reactive, not proactive. God is doing the initiating in people’s hearts, not me. And His initiation is evidenced by that person having a spark of interest. They ASK a reason for my hope. The context of such evangelism is a life that is already faithfully present in the life of unbelievers. They won’t ask if they don’t know you. And the character of such evangelism is rooted in gentleness and respect. There is no room for harshness in BIBLICAL evangelism according to I Peter 3. If you have 30 minutes, listen to the full sermon here.

2 Responses to Evangelism for Ordinary People

  1. Katie November 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Thank you, Wendy. I have recently been convicted that I ought to focus more on evangelism than I currently do, but have been casting about for how to start. I look forward to listening to this sermon.

  2. Heather November 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    Thank you for this. I decided to “be myself” as a college professor, and last week, a student said, “Dr. H, please tell us why you are so happy. I want that.” Students come to faith, but it's not because I talked about Jesus in class. I was just “me,” and Jesus came out! Here's an example from class today: http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/2010/11/detail-that-changes-everything.html