For years I wanted to tell more people about Jesus, but I lacked the “know-how” and the confidence so I rarely actually did. I read the evangelism tracts and even took classes for programmed methods to share my faith… but I felt a little like a used car salesman (no offense to the used car salesman reading this). “What would I have to offer you for you to say yes to driving home in this car this afternoon?” The “canned” gospel presentations felt so cold and impersonal, like being in a “time-share” sales meeting. I know that a lot of people still use those and I am sure that there are countless thousands who have found grace and forgiveness in Jesus through them – they just never felt comfortable to me.
I know I’m not alone. Most professing Christians never lead someone to Christ. They never share their faith and see someone become a follower of Jesus. Statistics vary, but according to many, somewhere between 48% and 62% of Christians who say they have a responsibility to share the gospel simply don’t.
Why? Why do so few share the good news of grace and forgiveness in Jesus?
I don’t think that it is for lack of caring. New City has recently begun praying together for people that we know who need Jesus – friends, co-workers, children, family. HUNDREDS of names have been shared and thousands of prayers prayed. Clearly our people care.
If not a lack of caring, could it be a lack of know-how and confidence?
Could it be the same aversion that I have for “canned” gospel presentations?
Maybe. Maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s you.
For the past several months, the elders and staff have been talking about this. How do we become better at telling our own friends and family about Jesus? How do we do so relationally? How do we help one another and how do we help New City?
Well, we’ve been praying. You’ve been praying. Now let’s talk about turning everyday conversations into gospel conversations! That’s the subject of our next Quarterly Training – May 5. This should be a really great day of practical help with relationally sharing the good news of the gospel in everyday life. We’d love to have you! Jump over to the Facebook Event for more information. Let us know you’re coming.
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone proclaiming? 15 And how are they to proclaim unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10