How to Share: Tools and Tactics (Draft v2)

Quick Version of the Gospel

Pick a quick version of the Gospel that takes only a few minutes to share. Examples include Three Circles (video), Four Laws, or mine with built-in apologetics. Whatever you choose, just make sure you share the full Gospel as is. That includes unpopular parts: our sin, His judgement/hell, that we surrender our entire lives to Him (not just a sinner's prayer), and maybe costs/rewards of following Him. When Jesus said "Follow Me," they had to accept these things to do that.

Ok, start with a short version that's just 2-3 minutes. That's often all the time you'll have. Memorize and practice saying it! Practice it daily on your own. Practice with groups to get used to saying it in front of people. When your group practices, role play with people asking questions or replying in ways your audience might. Be mentally and emotionally prepared to share that specific thing. From there, you might come up with several versions with different lengths. That's to get more done whenever you have extra time. Alternatively, use the extra time to give your personal testimony about how He's impacted your life and those around you.

Quick, Personal Testimony

Your testimony. Cru has a helpful page on making one. Like the Gospel, you can make several of different lengths. Start with a quick one that's just a few minutes that you can share anywhere. Folks at The Well also taught me to make a 60-second version: 10-15 seconds of Before Jesus, Gospel in 30 seconds, and 10-15 seconds of how Jesus transformed your life. One guy I met at No Place Left makes the middle portion something like, "Found out Jesus Christ was the Son of God, that He died for my sins, was raised from the dead three days later, and would save all who put their trust in Him. After I did that..." Then, he gave examples of Jesus' impact on His life. Point being, if nothing else, they got to hear the core Gospel and how Jesus changes lives.

Some people tell me they've been believers since they were young. They say there's no Before Christ story. If you're one of them, you might optionally say a quick thing about what made you come to Christ. Then, do the Gospel. Then, focus on how He impacted your life and others around you from there. If you aren't sure, start praying on that and being attentive to what He's doing. He'll put it in your head, make it jump out of the Word, and/or send people whose feedback will help.

Gospel tracts. These are written material you can hand out with the Gospel, Bible verses, etc on them. They definitely have advantages. God has used them in stunning ways (ex: this bomber). Here's a good supplier. I warn you that God works more through us than tracts. People see who we are, hear a loving voice, see our body language, etc. So, share person-to-person whenever you can. Use a tract as a follow-up, reminder, or for when you can't share directly. Maybe there's no time or they say no. Some that decline a direct share will take a tract. Pitching the tract itself (see my card pitch below) can boost that much higher. You can also wrap them in a tip you give to workers you meet. Workers whose jobs don't get tips are often very grateful. Many possibilities but be respectable however you do it.

Personal, web site. You put both the Gospel and your personal testimony on here. Maybe some helpful stuff to minister to people's needs. Like with a tract, don't use it to replace person-to-person sharing. A site does has several advantages over cards: it cost nothing to share; you can have multiple versions of what you share in different sizes/formats; you can write the domain on whatever you give them; they can share it widely. If it's interesting, you've turned even non-believers into evangelists. For example, mine is designed both for evangelism and to match my tracts.

Next: conversational tips like opening conversations with strangers.

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