Eight Weeks of Effective Witness Day 15: A Place to Land for Evangelism

“Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” Archimedes.

I want to offer you a landing place for your evangelism. Actually, my publisher B&H Academic created it, and I’m grateful. You can search the page yourself here, but I want to comment about it with some screen shots.

The page is a one-stop location full of resources related to evangelism flowing from my Sharing Jesus book. Here’s an overview of some of the features:

This is the main home page for the book at B&H Academic. You can also find it by simply searching www.sharingJesusbook.com. PLEASE NOTE: There is a place to share your story about how this resource has helped you in your witness. Or, you can just post a story about sharing Jesus. It will encourage others!

Here are some very kind comments from others about the book. My pal D.A. Horton is planting a church in LA. Rebecca Pippert is a hero to me–her book Out of the Saltshaker had a tremendous impact on me in seminary. And my friend Ed Stetzer heads the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton and is a guru of all things missional. I’m grateful for these kind words.

You can “try before you buy” the book here. Also, when you place an order, if you want to order in bulk you can get copies for only $5.00 each for orders of 20 or more! That. is. amazing. I know student pastors who are giving this to high school grads, pastors giving to their staff and key leaders, church planting leaders giving one to all their planters, and businessmen giving them to employees, and other examples.

I’m very excited about this page. My dear friend Brian Upshaw and the North Carolina Baptist State Convention along with help from the North American Mission Board recorded a series of eight videos where I teach through each chapter in about 20 minutes or so. These are FREE for you at the site. I already know pastors and others in different states who are using these to lead training through the book over an eight week study. I’m so grateful for this.

ALSO: there are two videos of role-playing. I role play leading a young man named Eli to Christ, and two of our young ladies also role play a conversation. Note: these are not polished, but are real-life convos, the kind I have regularly with young professionals and others. There’s also a video interview with my dear friend Jonathan Dodson of City Life Church in Austin.

I hope you will take advantage of these amazing resources available to you, and I hope you wil join the EIGHT WEEK CHALLENGE and tell us your stories.

I’m praying for an evangelism movement in our time. Perhaps this can help.

 

 

Sharing Jesus (without freaking out) Promo Video

This week leading up to Easter marks one of the best opportunities to bring up Jesus in everyday conversations. If you want to grow more in your witness, my friends at B&H Academic and a great video crew put together some videos to encourage you. This one serves as the promo video for my new book, Sharing Jesus (without freaking out). If you plan to have an eight-week study of the book (or, in the case of my church, I’m teaching the whole book in four Wednesdays starting the Wed. after Easter), if you want to encourage people to read the book and grow in their witness personally, or if I’m coming to speak at an event for you, this video offers a great look into what the book is about.

We also recorded four videos of me responding to key questions about sharing Jesus. I will be posting those the rest of the week. Enjoy, share this if you don’t mind, and mostly share JESUS!

Un-complicating Evangelism (and a Special Deal for You)

 

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What if I told you the God who made you and loves you also redeemed you to share the good news with others just as you are? What if I told you that to share Jesus you don’t have to become who you aren’t, but learn to be who God made you to be? We’ve overcomplicated evangelism. That’s why I wrote the book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It. 

I want to walk with you, not run ahead of you, going on a journey to growth in your witness. You don’t get in shape in a day, and it takes time to grow as a witness. Stop beating yourself up! Instead, come with me to start a trajectory that will lead you to a place you will spend the rest of your life thanking God you went down that path.

I want to help you have normal conversations where Jesus becomes a part. I want to show you the wonder and the glory of the gospel story, and offer practical ways to learn to talk about Jesus out of your personality, your gifts, and your opportunities. Don’t be someone you aren’t, just learn to be more like Jesus.

Good news: if you also want to help others share Jesus as well, Lifeway has an amazing offer: you can order 20 or more copies of the book (normally 16.99) for only 5 bucks each! Heck, I can’t get them for a better deal than that!  Here is the link to order the book.

What if God began to stretch you and give you confidence in your service to Him? Let’s find out, together.

 

Being Like Jesus in Our Witness: 5 Ways Jesus Interacted with Others

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Yesterday I met a couple of young adults from church for lunch. They wanted to see me interact with our server. They both share their faith, but like most are nervous about it. We had a delightful time  talking with our server, praying for her, asking her about her faith, and leaving her information about our young pros ministry and a Story booklet. They had such a good time they already plan to come back to visit with their new friend next week.

I’m nothing special as a witness, but I know it helps to watch others as we learn. If we want to learn to be like Jesus, it makes sense to learn from Jesus. If we want to tell others the good news about Jesus, we might want to see how He talked with people. For instance, we read about 40 examples in the Gospels of how Jesus interacted with others. Each is unique. What can we learn from a 30,000 feet look at these?

  1. Every encounter was unique. Jesus offered an unchanging message, but He delivered it uniquely to each person and situation. There was no one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to reaching people. Do we seek to deliver a presentation to others or to adapt the unchanging gospel to communicate with the person in front of us? Yes, this takes more time to learn than just offering a rote presentation, but in the long run it will help the witness to grow and to be more effective in communicating Christ.
  2. In the vast majority of encounters Jesus  didn’t “preach” at the person; He engaged in a conversation. He did not merely present the truth to others, He asked questions, and answered theirs. Think of the woman at the well, the rich young ruler, and so many others. The aveFXZ1WPCUMHrage person has 27 conversations a day: what if you simply inserted Jesus into your conversations more?
  3. Jesus was approachable. He allowed people to come to Him with questions. In the Gospel of Matthew the majority of conversations Jesus had with others began with the person approaching Him. Are we approachable like that? Do our coworkers, neighbors, or others feel comfortable speaking to us about spiritual things?
  4. Jesus sought people. He sought to speak with Zacchaeus. He sought His disciples. Who are you seeking to speak with about Jesus?
  5. Jesus seized opportunities. When He encountered the woman at the well, He seized the chance to tell her about Himself. When the disciples, Pharisees, or others questioned Him, He took such questions as an opportunity to reveal truth to them. What if we started looking daily at every conversation as a ministry opportunity and seized them for the gospel?

If you want to learn more about sharing Jesus with others, check out my new book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out. You can see it here.