I think we often shy away from telling people about Jesus because we think it’s some sort of sales job where we have to convince people to become a follower of Christ. There’s certainly a critical element of persuasion in urging someone to repent and believe the gospel. But personal evangelism isn’t about making people Christians. That’s God’s job, not ours, and he does it through the power of the gospel. Our job is to faithfully explain the gospel, to help people understand what Jesus has done for us through his life, death, and resurrection, so that the gospel can accomplish its saving work in their life.
And remember, it’s the word of truth, which means explaining the gospel it isn’t about coming up with our own words. It’s about helping people understand God’s word. He’s already made the most beautiful, convicting, and persuasive case for Christ in the pages of the Bible. We don’t have to create it. He’s already made it. He’s already said it. Our job as faithful servants is simply to explain it and help people understand it.
For the last 10 years, I’ve gone away in late fall to read, study, and pray about the work God is doing in our church. I returned two months ago with a strong conviction that there’s a particular way God wants us to grow this year.
I believe God wants us to invite people who don’t know him to read and study his Word with us this year. So here’s my challenge. Ask God to give you at least one person, someone who doesn’t already know him, whom you can invite to study God’s word with you. I think you’ll be surprised how many people will say yes! To help make the process as easy as possible, we’ve created a new section in our book shop with resources for one-2-one Bible reading:
A 4-booklet collection of guided Bible studies through the gospel of John, designed for a Christian to work through with a non-Christian. I love how they make no assumptions, define plenty of terms, and incorporate solid graphics. You can also download and print the entire collection for free at the link above.
Bible Reading One to One
By David Helm
What activity is so simple and so universal that it meets the discipleship needs of very different people at very different stages of discipleship, even non-Christians? We call it reading the Bible one-to-one. But what exactly is reading the Bible one-to-one? Why should we do it? Who is it for? In One-to-One Bible Reading: a simple guide for every Christian, David Helm answers these important questions.
The God Who Saves: 5 Bible studies for people who think that faith matters
Published by Matthias Media
The God Who Saves presents the powerful story, woven throughout the diverse texts of the Old Testament, of a God who is urgently and passionately in love, not just with Israel, but with all of God’s creatures, especially the poor and powerless.
You, Me, and the Bible: A reading guide to the six essential ideas of the Bible
Published by Matthias Media
This is a new resource to help two or three friends to sit down together and discover the central message of the Bible. Including: God as our creator and ruler, Humanity as rebels against God, God’s judgement on our rebellion, Jesus’ death for our sins, Jesus’ resurrection as Lord of all, The twofold response that all this requires of us.
Christianity Explained: Share the Christian Message One to One from the Gospel of Mark
Published by The Good Book Company
Christianity Explained gets away from the quick one-off presentation of the gospel which has characterized much of our evangelistic efforts in the past. Based on six studies from Mark’s gospel, this ‘manual’ is a tried-and-tested tool for evangelism. It presents the challenge of Jesus in a way that is non-threatening and concentrates on the facts concerning the person and work of Christ.
Nothing in My Hand I Bring
By Ray Galea
Presents a simple contrast between Catholicism and the teaching of Scripture, primarily designed for folks coming out of a Catholic cultural context.