The non-Christians we speak to today are generally post-churched, post-reached and post-Christendom. If we’re going to tell our friends about Jesus, we’re going to need new approaches that take into account who they are, and the world they live in.
This is a six-part super-podcast by Sam Chan, author of Evangelism In A Skeptical World and evangelist for City Bible Forum.
Sam talks Mark Hadley through a collection of 15 minute evangelism life hacks that will help you give your friends the Gospel in a way they’re prepared to hear it.
Become their go-to chaplain
It's not just telling them the Gospel. It's about becoming your friend's go-between for issues that sit between this world and the next. Right now you may still be looking at evangelism as a one-off event where we tell our friends the Gospel - that big event we build up to where we finally say what we need to say, right? But Sam Chan, City Bible Forum evangelist and author, says that conversation is usually the beginning, not the end of your journey with someone.
Tell a better story
Don't lecture your friends with a dry Gospel presentation. Tell them how the penny dropped for you. You’ve been given the chance to tell someone the Gospel! Which means what exactly? You and many other Christians have grown up with six point plans and tricky diagrams that feel more like lectures than conversations. How do we begin telling people the greatest story ever told? City Bible Forum evangelist and author Sam Chan says it begins by answering the most asked question: how did you become a Christian?
Shut up and listen
Evangelising is not just about having the right words, it's knowing when to say them. Listen - listen - listen! If you do, author and City Bible Forum evangelist Sam Chan says you stand a better chance of picking up on when someone is ready to 'go further' in a Gospel conversation.
Coffee, dinner, Gospel
You can't just jump into deep water, and you should equally lead up to deep conversations. Society has public and private spaces, and 'rules' about what sort of conversations can be carried on in each. City Bible Forum evangelist and author Sam Chan says we have to think carefully about the context of our conversations, if we're hoping to move them on to more serious topics.
Go to their things
We've been trained to invite people to evangelistic events, but are we missing a step? Why would anyone come to your events, if you never attended theirs? A fair question from City Bible Forum evangelist and author Sam Chan, who says our witnessing has to include building the foundation for a relationship. If we want to invite friends to our evangelistic events, we should begin by going to their social events.
Make your friends their friends
The starting point for personal evangelism is encouraging your worlds to collide. City Bible Forum evangelist and author Sam Chan takes us to the starting point of personal evangelism: connecting your Christian world with your unbelieving friend's non-Christian world. Believing the Gospel is reasonable begins with showing them that reasonable people believe it.