Wisdom Seekers Christian University Online
Introduction to Traditional Evangelism
This course is part of the Internet Evangelism Curriculum. Traditional evangelism should be taught as a requisite skill for anyone who is called to ministry. The job of the evangelist is to share the Gospel effectively, bringing souls to repentance. The goal is to win souls to Christ who can grow and be nurtured in the faith and then also become soul winners. This lesson prepares the student for traditional evangelism and provides a solid foundation for Internet evangelism.
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Introduction to Traditional Evangelism
What Every Evangelist Should Know
Frequently Asked Questions
What is evangelism?
Evangelism is the proper response to the Great Commission. It is the ministry of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is a blessing to be an evangelist.
Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Isaiah 52:7 KJV
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
What is the Good News?
The Good News of Jesus Christ is that He lived a sinless life; died on a cross for your sins; GOD raised Him from the dead; that He now lives in you when you accept Him as Savior.
John 3:16-21 KJV
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
What if I don’t have answers?
If you are sharing your faith and someone asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to, do not bluff. Refer him or her to your Pastor or other ministry leader. This is why it is important to be connected with a local church. You should also research common questions so that you will be better equipped to deal with objections. Watch “Answering Difficult Questions Non-Believers Ask” for answers to some frequently asked questions. Watch “Hot Button Issues (With Greg Laurie)” for a Biblical worldview on some common questions.
What scriptures support salvation that I can share to ask if a person wants to be saved?
Romans 10:9-13 KJV
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 4:12 KJV
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Hebrews 2:3 KJV
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
How do I pray for repentance and salvation?
Ultimately you want to guide those you encounter to acknowledge sin, repent, ask forgiveness, and accept Christ as personal Savior. Lead him or her in this prayer:
LORD JESUS, I know that I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I believe that you are and that you died on the cross for my sins. I believe that GOD raised you from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures. Come into my heart. I accept you as my Lord and Savior.
If he or she says yes, what’s next after the confession of faith and prayer of salvation?
Encourage the new convert to join a Bible believing church. Invite him or her to your church. Give a gospel tract, flyer, business card, or other outreach tool with your church’s information and or your contact information. Ask for and record his or her contact information and add it to your ministry converts list. Provide him or her with a Bible if possible and one is not available. Follow up within 24-48 hours: call or send an email.
What If he or she says no?
Still encourage finding a church. Ask if he or she would be open to staying in touch. If so, exchange contact information, add the contact to your undecided list, and follow up within 24-48 hours. If contact information is not provided, thank him or her for their time and let them know you will keep him or her in your prayers. Go in peace. Add him or her to your prayer list of people who have not yet made a decision for Christ. Pray for the seed of salvation that has been planted.
Did you know that women were the first evangelists?
Matthew 28:5-8 KJV
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 fundamentals of traditional evangelism
- Preach what you know. When you can just minister the Gospel without notes, you can better interact with whomever is receiving the Word.
- Study. Increase what you know so you can preach more of what you know. Converts to Christianity are like sheep who need a Shepherd. An evangelist is not a new sheep who is a spiritual babe. An evangelist is a trained soldier for GOD. This does not mean that you need a theology degree to share the Gospel. It means that you should be a perpetual student of the Word.
- Practice your ice breakers. Role play successful evangelism.
- Teach repentance unto salvation. Do not promise a good life to entice one to accept Jesus. Require repentance from the state of sin which is the true purpose of evangelism.
- Seek anointing and wait for appointment. An evangelist should be anointed and appointed by GOD. Watch “Anointing vs Gifting” by Christine Caine.
- Use available resources. You do not need to reinvent the wheel. There are all kinds of resources online to help you in outreach. Visit revival.com/soulwinningtools for evangelism resources.
- Avoid arguments about the Gospel. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; II Timothy 2:23-25 KJV
- Anchor your evangelism on these four things: Aim at the heart. Talk about the law of GOD. Preach the Cross. Introduce the Holy Spirit. The heart contains the issues of life. You need to awaken the conscience and convict the heart of sin and need for a Savior. Introduce the Cross as the solution.
- Connect with a local church. If you take up the reigns of evangelism, you should be connected with a local church. It is here that you will refer new converts to get Bible teaching and as a place for corporate worship, Christian fellowship and service.
Traditional Evangelism Video Training Series
- Watch “Evangelism Training Course” (6 videos) for a thorough look at traditional evangelism today.
- Watch “Power Evangelism Soul Winning Training” for practical evangelism tools.
- Watch “The Who, Where, Why, and What of Evangelism“.
- Watch “How to Lead Others to Christ” for encouragement to start witnessing.
- Watch “Anointing vs Gifting” to learn about being qualified for ministry.
- Watch “Four things for effective evangelism” to gather four tools.
- Watch “Answering Difficult Questions Non-Believers Ask.”For
- Watch “Hot Button Issues (With Greg Laurie)” for a Biblical worldview on some common questions.