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Chapter 1

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Get ready for a fight
Be of good courage
Get ready to be blessed
Your assignment


When Paul used armor to encourage us to be strong, the only time the word preparation is used is when it comes to sharing the gospel. We don’t need to get prepared to tell the truth, live righteously, read the Bible, pray or fellowship, but we do when it comes to sharing our faith.

Since you will be telling others how they can have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you need to have a good relationship with Christ yourself. Consequently, the first thing you need to do to prepare to share the gospel is to make sure you have a good relationship with the Lord. The better you know Jesus, the easier it is to tell others about Him. Sharing the gospel starts with having a good relationship with Christ.

In order to have a good relationship with Christ, you need to read the Bible, pray, and fellowship with other believers. Then you need to seek to do what Jesus said by obeying Him. This is what it means to be a follower of Jesus. For many people, the first step to sharing their faith is getting up a little earlier to pray and read the Bible. After Peter preached the gospel, the Bible tells us, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13) Reading the Bible, praying, and fellowship is to a believer what staying in shape is to an athlete.

The next step in getting prepared is to make sure you know the gospel. You probably already know much of it. This book will help you understand it better, and help you explain it clearly. As you gain a greater understanding of the gospel, God may give you a greater appreciation of the gospel as well. For example, you may realize you are a worse sinner than you thought, and that Jesus sacrificed more than you realized. This will help you share with more passion.

As you are learning how to share the gospel, be ready to start telling people about Jesus and how they can go to heaven. God knows that you are reading this, and He knows you are thinking about how you can share the gospel, so He may give you opportunities sooner than you think. It happens all the time. When I teach evangelism classes, some believers share part, or even all, of the gospel, and lead people to Christ after the first class, which is the equivalent to reading the first two chapters. Most of what you will learn about evangelism will be by evangelizing.

Get ready for a fight
As you are preparing to share the gospel, you are going to experience resistance from Satan. This is typically referred to as “spiritual warfare.” Satan is going to try to convince you that sharing the gospel is not a good idea. The more aware you are of his tactics, the more likely you will get through them.

The first thing Satan will probably do is try to scare you, by telling you that people will reject you. You may be nervous already. Unfortunately, most believers don’t get by this first attack, and this is usually why most believers don’t share the gospel. Believe it or not, being nervous is actually a good thing. Being nervous will help you put your trust in God. Aren’t you going to be telling people they need to trust God? Guess what, God wants you to do the same! This will help you share the gospel with more faith, because it’s easier to tell people they need to trust God, after you have, just like it’s easier to tell someone to jump in a swimming pool after you’ve jumped in.

If Satan can’t scare you, he will try to discourage you. He usually does this by reminding you of your mistakes, and sins. It isn’t hard for Satan to find others who are willing to discourage you by reminding you of your faults. Knowing that we are sinners and have made mistakes keeps us humble, and will help you tell others about God’s grace, and forgiveness. When you feel discouraged, pray, trust God, and go forward. Remember, Satan wants to remind us of our mistakes so we won’t do anything, whereas God wants us to know we are forgiven so we will tell others of his love and grace with joy.

If Satan can’t scare you or discourage you, he will try to distract you. Everyday responsibilities and deadlines will seem more important than they really are. Satan can tell you this directly, or he will find others make unexpected demands that are not as pressing as they sound. God can use distractions to strengthen your commitment and resolve to share the gospel. Again, pray, trust God, and go forward!

As you go through your spiritual battles keep in mind that Satan can’t stop you from sharing the gospel. If he could, he wouldn’t spend so much time lying to you, and trying to deceive you. Satan can only try to talk you out of not sharing the gospel. He can’t stop you. The only one who can stop you, is you! Consider this resistance from Satan a test you need to pass. You can pass it if you choose to. When you share the gospel in spite of your fears, discouragements and distractions, God will give you peace, joy, and you will grow in your faith. The joy of sharing the gospel exceeds the hassles of the spiritual battles.

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Be of good courage
It takes courage to be a Christian, and it takes courage to share the gospel. If you’re nervous about sharing the gospel, join the club, we all are. God tells His servants “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24), so pray, and ask God to help you. Most things you do for the first time are not comfortable. I wasn’t comfortable the first time I prayed out loud, lead a Bible study, shared the gospel, went on a missionary trip, or spoke to inmates in prison, but the more I did it, the more comfortable I became. About the time I started to get comfortable, God often had me do other things for the first time that so I would continue depending on Him.

God will give you courage. Sometimes the least qualified are used by God first to share the gospel, and lead people to Christ, which inspires others. It’s all about being willing, or as we often say, “Evangelism isn’t about ability—it’s about availability.” Maybe the following testimony will inspire you.
When I was teaching a church in Ramona, California, I noticed that most of the believers attending the class seemed very fearful. When I explained to the Pastor how the Lord often uses the most timid to get others inspired, I asked him if he could get one of the shyest believers to join one of our evangelism teams while I taught the group, in hopes it would encourage others.

The Pastor immediately understood, got everyone’s attention, and asked the group, “Who is afraid to share the gospel?” Much to our surprise, everyone raised his or her hand! The Pastor then asked, “Who really, and I mean really doesn’t want to share, and is even petrified at the thought of sharing?” A young woman sheepishly raised her hand, and the Pastor told her, “Good, you are going to join a group, and go out to evangelize!”

I think out of sheer love for her Pastor, she joined one of our teams, much to the relief of everyone else. Later that morning when she returned, I had her come up and share what she observed from watching. When she came forward, you could hear a pin drop because everyone knew she was shy. She hesitated a few seconds, and looked at the floor. I thought she was still nervous. Then she looked straight at everyone (over 200 people) and said she had seen people she, and everyone else knew, (it was a small town) and realized they would be in hell unless “we” tell them about Jesus. Tears started to run down her face, as she humbly told everyone how she had failed to share with people she knows and loves. She continued to exhort everyone to get out there and share the gospel!

When she sat down, the room was still very quiet. The Pastor got up and asked, “Now, who wants to go out and share?” Everyone in the room had their hand up! The shyest one had become the most courageous, and everyone knew it. God used the shyest to convict everyone, and everyone wanted to be just as courageous.
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Get ready to be blessed
God blesses those who share the gospel. It’s like having the joy of winning a championship, the honor of being used to raise someone from the dead, and the satisfaction of saving someone’s life, all at the same time. I have found that believers who evangelize have more joy, more faith, more confidence, more assurance they are going to heaven, a closer relationship with the Lord, and hear God’s voice better than they ever have. They lose their fears, which frees them to do other things they would not otherwise have had the faith, or the courage, to do. When you tell people how God can change their life—God will change your life! Perhaps this is why Paul said, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 6) You will even be blessed you when people reject you. “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you.” (1 Peter 4:14)

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Your assignment
Throughout this book you are going to have to challenge yourself to learn the gospel and practice, so you can share the gospel. The first step is to make a commitment to the Lord that you are willing to share the gospel when He wants you to. Read the scripture below, and notice the brown words that describe unbelievers who will end up separated from God in the lake of fire. I would hope you would not want anyone of these words to describe you. You will notice that the first word is left out. It’s a word that leads the list of qualities that describe the ungodly. Think about it, and then look it up if you don’t know what word is missing. It may surprise you. Now, make a commitment that this word won’t describe you.

“But the _________________ and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

Now, write the names of 10 people you know that do not know the Lord. Next to their names, briefly write why you think they have not received Christ. Pray for them right now and ask God to help you know what you could tell them.


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