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February 16, 2008 / Nick

7 Steps To Effective Evangelism


The job of the evangelist is to spread ‘the good news’, from the Greek ‘euaggelion’.  William Barclay in his excellent work ‘New Testatement Words’ gives the etymology of the term ‘euaggelion’.  Initally, it was the reward a messenger received for bringing good tidings.   However, over time it came to mean the ‘good tidings’ themselves.  The euaggelion was something a man was tasked with, it was laid upon you, not chosen. For example, a slave bringing good tidings of his generals victory to a town.  Likewise, the gospel is not something we have a choice in sharing, before His ascension Christ laid the responsibility of spreading the euaggelion (good news) on us.  

The good news we are to share is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ that has brought salvation to all men, in a nutshell it is the message of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son…”

Here’s 7 steps for more effective evangelism… 

1. Know your audience and tailor the message to them, don’t just do things the way you always do.  Take the gospels as an example of this, there are 4 accounts each tailored to a specific audience, addressing the needs of each group.  But the message remains consistent (i.e. Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the World).

2. Be led (Acts 16:6, 9-10).  Paul wanted to go to Asia but the Spirit forbade Him.  He was led to Macedonia (Europe) and that’s where the ministry was effective.  Likewise, Philip was led into the desert to the Ethiopian (Acts 8), it seemed crazy to leave a thriving Samaritan revival and go into a desert of Gaza, but that’s where he was led and as a result the gospel travelled down into Africa with the Ethiopian.

3. Be burdened.  According to  1 Cor 13 the gifts work by love.  Without love and a burden for souls we won’t reach them.

4. Preach Jesus.  Be single minded in your message.  It should be Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Don’t preach your pastor, your church rules, politics or anything else – focus on Jesus and esp. what He has done / means to you.

5. Be empowered (Acts 1:8).  Without the indwelling Holy Spirit you can not be an effective witness for Christ.

6. Be agreed. Imagine if Peter & John did not agree at the Gate Beautiful, imagine if Peter wanted to go to get some cash, while John wanted to pray for him.  Thanks be to God they both said: silver and gold have we none, but such as we have we freely give, rise up and walk in Jesus Name.  Make sure you are walking with people who agree on doctrine when you go out to share the faith.

7. Have faith (Mark 16:16-18).  Believe that souls will respond to the call.  There’s nothing worse than an unbelieving evangelist… why bother?  The excuse that ‘we told them so they can’t say they didn’t hear the gospel on judgement day’ simply is not good enough.  Everyone won’t respond positively to the call, but as good stewards we should be of the view that with God NOTHING shall be impossible.

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19 Comments

  1. Akande Philips / Mar 19 2009 7:54 pm

    I will like to be part of this network. Need newsletter from you.

  2. iliya sunday / Jun 26 2009 12:50 pm

    good sir,

  3. iliya sunday / Jun 26 2009 12:52 pm

    goodday, pls i want to know the difference between discipleship and missionaries

    • jesusblogger / Jun 26 2009 2:13 pm

      Disciple is a follower of Christ who is learning His ways.

      A missionary (or Apostle) is one sent for Christ to do a specific mission of winning souls and establishing His kingdom.

  4. Englebert / Jul 6 2009 11:23 am

    We are a group of youth ready to go out to preach the gospel. Some of us have fear in us, some are naive and some of the problems you can think of.

    Most of the souls out there are also very ignorant about the word of God..

    How will we meet the level of understanding of these souls without causing any ambiguity…
    Thank you

    • jesusblogger / Jul 7 2009 6:17 pm

      Best advice would be:

      prepare by prayer, fasting and maybe run some practice sessions with the youth. To help them get ready for sharing their faith.

      Then, also when you go out start where people are. So, for an unchurched person do not bombard with lots of church words and scripture… just start talking about their view on God and build it from there, showing them how Jesus can help them and what He means to them.

  5. Englebert / Jul 6 2009 11:27 am

    How can we also get ready to preach this good news to the souls out there ?

  6. Sanni / Jul 7 2009 10:06 am

    Thanks sir for this effective ways of evangelism. I believe this will really help me to effectively do the work of evangelism. Thanks and God will continue to enrich your ministry with more of His blessings. Thanks.

    • jesusblogger / Jul 7 2009 6:13 pm

      Not a problem. Just remember, when they believe and ask what they must do to be saved – Acts 2:38.

  7. selchang Domtim Kotur / Sep 7 2009 7:33 pm

    i will like to be part of this, also i will like to subcripe

  8. SAIBU Oluwafemi Stephen / Sep 11 2009 5:59 pm

    Thank you for these steps. it was actually an assignment from my evangelism and missions coordinator in church, but i can now apply it to my personal life in talking about Christ to others. I also learned somethings from the comments. God bless us all, amen

    • Justina / Jul 9 2010 2:43 pm

      Thanks a lot.
      I was also given this as a assignment in Church in my 400Level course in Daystar Academy, Lagos.

      It will help me complete my other project, which is actually the practical aspect of it.

      I will keep applying it

  9. Odeh / Mar 8 2010 6:22 am

    Pls i want to know how long i should pray and fast before going on evangelism.
    Another question i have is how do i know that i am filld with the Holy Guost or better stil how can ome be filld wit the Holy Guost?

  10. Fakunle Samuel Ayorinde / Mar 19 2010 1:10 pm

    I have been doing every thing I could to make my evangelical group an effective soul winning one, but it is some how tasky, can anybody help me with some tips?

    • olukunle oluremi / May 11 2010 1:48 pm

      u need a flier, dedicated xtian, area of coverage, time to set out. look very at the location u are going 2 evangelize, then share everyone into groups, take along the fliers and tracks, before everything, they need to pray so that holy spirit can direct them. i believe God for u that it will work for ur minstry in Jesus Name. bye for now

  11. chukwu nnamdi victor / Jun 8 2010 4:32 pm

    we are labourer of christ, and we must be sure to assist in carring the tax

  12. Christ Special Squad / Jul 19 2010 12:14 pm

    Thanks, we are young men and women with burning passions for dying souls, we are situated in Ifako Ijaiye area of Lagos State. This website as been of great help for our ministry.

  13. Kingsley / Sep 18 2010 10:52 pm

    Hello,

    Thanks for this insight. I just stumbled upon this blog. I realise its quite old, but makes interesting reading. But this is just a quick correction: It was Peter who said “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have, I give to you…”, even though he did say earlier on “Look at us”. Well this is only a minor error, but could be very significant in any in-depth study of the scripture. God bless, and keep up the good work.

  14. BABATUNDE DARE / Oct 9 2010 10:42 am

    GOD WORK, GREAT INSPIRATION..INDEED,THIS SITE IS A SOLUTION PROVIDER. IT MEET THE REQUIREMENT FOR EFECTIVE EVANGELISM.

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