No matter who you are, evangelism in the United States today can be hard.
Jill Fuhs teaches evangelistic skills to college students at Big Break, a week-long conference offered by Cru during spring break. In her training she’s focusing more and more on developing communication skills. She frequently refers to a quote she recently heard.
“Our posture towards people has become as important as our message.” – Barry Warren, creator of Perspective.
She remembers a conversation with a girl who said she had decided after her sister died that God didn’t exist. Though she didn’t tell Jill this in an emotional way, Jill knew this was an emotionally weighted conversation.
So she chose to “answer emotion with emotion and logic with logic.”
Evangelism is both an art and a science. Jill believes the science has to do with using evangelistic tools and the art is how we relate to people.
Here are 8 simple principles taught at Big Break that you can use as you engage with friends, colleagues, family or neighbors:
The principles taught at Big Break can be applied in any walk of life.
But remember, they are like the elements in a Swiss army knife — don’t expect to use them all at once.
And no tool or technique can replace a relationship of trust with the person you are reaching out to, or your need to depend on Jesus for the results.
Has God always been concerned about extending His love and forgiveness to all nations and peoples of the earth? Both the Old and New Testaments show God’s offer of grace is to everyone — Jew and Gentile alike.
When you tell your story, it’s God who is responsible for changing people’s hearts. You are simply called to be ready and to share what God has done in your life.
A simple tool can change a Gospel conversation from hurtful to helpful, by making a heart connection.
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