Fast Facts on Apologetics & Evangelism – Part VII
- Last week we began highlighting some positive principles and strategies for effective evangelism, looking at our first four of eight points. In this Fast Facts we’ll conclude this overview…
- The fifth task of effective evangelism is the removal of barriers to the Gospel. Often times we will encounter obstacles, real or imagined, which keep a non-believer from taking the message of Christianity seriously. As Christians we must be prepared to address and overcome these barriers (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
- Sixth, we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to move in people’s hearts. While we must be faithful in our verbal proclamation and defense of the Gospel, we must never forget to plead for the Spirit’s intercession in the hearts of non-believers (Acts 16:13-15).
- Seventh, we must invite the non-believer to receive Christ. Many Christians know how to fish, but they fail to set the hook! We must give people the opportunity and encouragement to take that vital step of faith. Be prepared with some simple questions, such as, “Would you like to pray with me today to put your trust in Jesus?” These simple encouragements can go a long way in helping someone to make a proclamation of faith.
- Lastly, whenever possible, we must commit to discipling new believers. We must help new converts become established in the faith: come alongside them to help them grow, ground them in Scripture, help them to gain assurance of their salvation, and get them connected to a Bible-based church where they can participate in the body of Christ.
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