I have had the privilege during the last couple months to present a pro-evangelism message to two different audiences here in Canada where my wife and I reside. One presentation was at an event that was specifically organized for my presentation, and another as the Sunday sermon and closing message for a denominational mission conference. My presentation’s title was The Cost of Evangelism: Its time to leave our comfort zones. (If the Lord so leads, I would be greatly blessed in assisting you in evangelism training for your church, if only to address your congregation via my presentation and sharing my evangelism experiences to get the ‘ball rolling.’ Feel free to contact me at: 4Lane.firstname.lastname@example.org)
In my presentation, I used the definition of evangelism offered by Norman and David Geisler in their excellent book, Conversational Evangelism-how to listen and speak so you can be heard. Their definition of evangelism is:
They follow their definition with the following emphasis:
Building on the Geislers’ definition of evangelism, I presented the scriptural position that evangelism is a lifestyle, not just a one time experience, or something that we as Christians engage in on special occasions. Throughout my presentation I interjected my personal witnessing experiences in a variety of settings (at my job/workplace, when sitting at a coffee shop, when conversing with my neighbors, etc.) in order to illustrate how ‘sharing the Gospel’ opportunities are there “every day” if the follower of Christ is intentional, equipped and looking for such opportunities. My emphasis was that evangelism isn’t just one part of our calling, it is central to our calling. Jesus’ last words should be our first priority, (Acts 1:8), as should His first words in Matthew’s Gospel when calling His disciples, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19)
In regard to our Christian calling, Os Guinness states,
I shared with the audience that God uses not so much gifts for evangelism (though there is a biblical gift of evangelism) but the faithfulness of thousands and millions of Christians who would never consider evangelism their gift. That you and I may conclude that we are not gifted for the task of evangelism, but that does not absolve us of the responsibility to obey. It is still our duty. God may unusually anoint a Peter and a Paul, a Dwight L Moody, a Spurgeon, a Billy Graham, but He calls each of us to share the good news.