How well do your women share the gospel?
Do they feel confident doing so?
Or are they unsure of what to say?
Earlier this year I attended a Disciple Making Conference where we were challenged to turn to the person next to us and share the Gospel. Right then. Right there. I stuttered and stumbled and started to freak out! Ummm…Could we get some background info? Do I know this person? Was this some random person in the grocery store?
I know Jesus lived a sinless life and was crucified on the cross for my sins. That after three days He arose from the dead and that only through His death, the confession of my sins, and my belief in Him is my future secure in Heaven. But for the life of my I couldn’t spit this out to the stranger seated next to me.
It was horribly awkward.
I felt like a complete and utter failure.
A failure God knew I needed to experience.
If I, as a women’s ministry leader, struggle to share the Gospel, how much more so do the women in my church struggle?
In the time since I’ve been looking for resources I can both use for myself and share with others to help them successfully share the Gospel.
So you can bet that I jumped at the opportunity to read and review Sharing Jesus (without freaking out): Evangelism the Way Your Were Born to Do It by Alvin L. Reid.
I’ve found a lot of women can easily share THEIR story, but easing into the Gospel story, well, not so much…
While you can certainly read the book in just a couple of days, the author rightly suggests that you walk through it slowly, reading a chapter a week with another person or another group. You’ll find an 8–week challenge at the end of the book you could use as a guide for your small group discussion.
Eight chapters break down the process and remove the fear.
- Spread the Word: Don’t Overcomplicate It
- God is Not Mad at You: Understanding the Message
- It’s Easier than You Think: Conversations, Not Presentations
- It’s Not in Your Power, yet You Are Vital
- Ignition and Transition: Conversation Starters and Signposts
- Let Them Help You: Start with Them and They Will Point to the Gospel
- Talk, but with More than Words
- Make Friends, Not Visits: Developing a Plan
I love that this book is not about a scripted invitation to receive Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior. As Reid says, “I want to help you have real conversations with real people about a real Savior they genuinely need.” Reid wants each one of us to live out Acts 4:20 “We are unable to stop speaking about that what we have seen and heard.”
Reid issues this challenge: “What if we spent less time giving scripted evangelistic presentations and instead simply learned to introduce Jesus into the normal conversations we already have?”
Stop and think for a moment. Do most of your women regularly speak about Jesus in their everyday conversations? Or is this something just the “more spiritual” women in your church do?
Because many of those we are trying to reach don’t have basic knowledge about God and Jesus, gospel conversations are more likely to be effective than gospel presentations.
Reid points out that just as Jesus did with the Samaritan women in John 4, we can learn to steer conversations to Christ.
As women’s ministry leaders we can be the catalyst – we can provide training, offer a small group study using this book, and just flat-out encourage our women to share about Jesus every chance they get!
If Jesus is the greatest thing that ever happened to us, He should come up in conversations. Not forced, not structured, but simply because He is the biggest deal of our lives. – Alvin. L Reid
If we want our women to live as Great Commission Women we must equip them to share the Gospel.
My favorite chapter in the book is chapter 5 – Ignition and Transition. I most appreciate the section where Reid lists specific questions you can ask to transition a conversation to the Gospel. If only I had those questions at that Disciple Making Conference!
For those who want to use a tool to share the Gospel Alvin has several suggestions in his book.
Reid uses a blend of practicality, experience, and humor all of which encourage the reader to believe they CAN share the Gospel without freaking out.
If you’re feeling a bit wobbly about sharing the Gospel, this book will build your confidence.
If you’re looking for a resource to help your women share the Gospel (without freaking out), this is the book for you!
If you’re looking to offer a Bible study book that could change the course of many lives, this is the one.
But the church must do a better job of helping each believer have the tools to grow spiritually, to study the Word, and to share your faith without being dependent on a pre-packaged program or a gifted evangelist. – Alvin L. Reid
Free teaching videos from the author are also available here. If you’re leading a group study, I encourage you to view them prior. They are of varying lengths – from 11 minutes to 46 minutes. You may want to consider showing just a portion of the videos that are longer so you’ll still have some good discussion time.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Sharing Jesus (without freaking out) for free as a member of the B&H/LifeWay Blogger Program. There was no financial compensation for this post and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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