“I have tried and tried to get the believers in our fellowship to share the gospel, but they are fearful, shy and just don’t seem able to witness. Bold evangelism just isn’t happening!”
This is not unusual to hear from the church planters I am coaching. What can we do to increase boldness and help the disciples we work with to overcome their fears?
3 Things That Increase Bold Evangelism
1. Receiving the Holy Spirit
The classic biblical example is Peter in Acts Chapter 2. When Jesus was being tried, three times he denied even knowing Him. He certainly wasn’t witnessing at that point! But after he received the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, he stood in front of thousands and boldly proclaimed the gospel with authority and conviction. If your church members aren’t witnessing, pray for them to receive the power of the Holy Spirit. It will make a world of difference.
Many people lack confidence to witness. They are embarrassed when they stumble over their words or don’t know what to say, how to answer questions, etc. After teaching them how to share their testimony, make sure to take time practicing it in a safe environment with other believers. Let them share it several times and get feedback. Do the same when training people to share a Creation to Christ story. Practice builds confidence and helps them to overcome fear of failure.
3. Making a List
Ying Kai of T4T says that people don’t share because they don’t know who to share with. He encourages people to make a two column Lost and Saved list. Pray daily for the people on that list. The lost side of the list are those in your friend and family circle (oikos) who don’t yet believe in Christ. The saved side of the list are those you are discipling. Regularly pray for them too!
After making a list, you can choose a few people each week and make plans to share your testimony with them. Being specific and accountable about plans to share the gospel helps us move forward. If you are training others, be sure to affirm and encourage a lot. Do this even if their efforts don’t yield success in the beginning.
It goes without saying that we as trainers also need to really pray for believers in this area. Model bold evangelism in your own life too! If we are demonstrating a lifestyle of evangelism and courageous witness, they will see it is possible and that they too can do the same.
Bold evangelism is a major characteristic of growing DMMs. Believe God to help you increase the believer’s boldness!
Which of the “3 Things” will you start to work on this week? Mention it in the comments and we will pray with you as you work on this!
Thank you for sending important blog for me
It is my great priviledge to learn ministry works through this mail.
I hope it will be great help to me to be a church planter in my region.
Many blessings! May the Lord continue to equip and empower you.
Pray with me to be filled with Holy Spirit
Father, you are the One who sent your Spirit. Jesus, you promised to give us the Holy Spirit when we ask. We need your Spirit so desperately in our lives. Please fill my brother Peter as He seeks you. Amen!
Yes, Lord, I ask for a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit upon my brother Peter. Fill him to overflowing. Take control of his tongue, and cause Your words to flow from within him.
I need to make a lost and save list…
This has been great and I thank you sincerely for equipping me well as l am embarking on Evangelism in Planting and Multiplying more souls to Christ. Out of the 3things that make Bold Evangelism, I would start with No. 3 – Making a List, I would like to start with the List and pray for the Lost and the Saved every single Day as we see the Boldness grow amongst my Team and those on my list.
QUIZ: How do l ensure that my disciples Recieve the Holy Spirit so as to help us grow Boldness?
How do We Recieve THE HOLY SPIRIT? How do l go about this?
I want to make it upon myself that I am going to put into practice No. 2 as well, PRACTISING. I am going to make my Team practise this from time to time, we will get time first to practise amongst ourselves before embarking outside to be sure they are confident enough. i believe with your prayers as well, we shall succeed thru Christ whom l Trust shall strengthen us.
Thank you so much this wonderful teachings, pray for me and those whom I am going to reach the gospel
I need you please to pray for me, for being bold and stop being shy and that Jesus gives me the confidence and makes me boldly share the gospel. Also pray that God provides me with the correct words either in prayers or in sharing parts of the scripture that touches people’s heart and the situation they are in.
Praying now Nervana. May God’s Spirit fill you with the boldness you desire.
I sincerely wish to appreciate you for this mind opening teaching. It has been a blessing to me and I pray and trust God to release upon me the Holy Spirit in its full measure to help me share this kingdom message with the lost around me.
You are most welcome. Thank you for sharing this feedback!
I thank God for this training it’s helping me to take one step how I can change my community through disciples training please stand with in prayer I can see Revival brack out for my country.