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Chapter 11

When we got back together after we shared in our local neighborhood and told each other what happened, we often discovered that God had given us insight we were not always aware of at the time we were talking to someone. Occasionally, people would tell us what they told someone, or they would summarize something about the gospel that sounded a little like a proverb. We often asked if they thought if they came up with that or they heard it somewhere. Usually it was something they came up with on their own. Some of us say, almost in unison, “Hey, that’s pretty good.” I started writing some of these statements down thinking they could give us some other ways to communicate the gospel. I thought they could be particularly helpful when people were thinking about receiving Christ and we needed to summarize something. I then started writing down other short statements I heard about evangelism as well.

A proverb is a short statement that communicates a lot of information in a short sentence. Many people summarize things that could be considered a proverb. For example, someone who teaches people how to drive a car could say, “If you don’t wear seat belts, it’s more likely you will get injured and be confined to a wheel chair for the rest of your life.” After a while though they may reduce it down to, “Seat belts are not as confining as wheel chairs.” Short sayings like this usually make the point stronger and cause us to think, which helps us remember. The ‘evangelism proverbs’ below are organized by topic, and put in a logical order within each topic. Simply reading them should give you a better understanding of the gospel, and they could give you some additional tools. As you read them, think about all the ways they could apply to real life situations. The longer you have walked with the Lord, the more sense they will probably make. Many have scriptural references you may want to look up and refer to.

Here are some examples of Evangelism proverbs:

The Gospel
Sin
Jesus
Repenting and Receiving Christ
Unbelievers Who Reject Christ
Religion
False Religions
The Law
Legalism
Evolution and Atheists
Dealing With Those Who Object
Satan
Heaven & Hell
Insights For New Converts
Trusting Christ With Our Lives
Sharing The Gospel


The Gospel
  • The truth is the truth no matter who believes it.
  • Life is uncertain, death is certain. (Hebrews 9:27)
  • Everyone is terminal. No one is getting out of here alive. (Hebrews 9:27)
  • Everything, and everyone, has an expiration date. (2 Peter 3:10)
  • The right time to get right with God is right now. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
  • To believe in God is normal and reasonable. (Romans 1:20)
  • God created man with a desire to know Him. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • Jesus marveled when people did not believe. (Mark 6:6)
  • God makes it so easy to go to heaven that no one has an excuse. (Romans 1:20)
  • Believers can only thank God for getting them into heaven. (Ephesians 2:8)
  • Unbelievers can only blame themselves if they don’t go to heaven. (Romans 1:20)
  • Believers have promises now, and the assurance of eternal life later. (1 John 5:13)
  • Unbelievers have no promises, no peace, no assurances, and no hope. (Proverbs 13:15)
  • No one has a fulfilling life without Christ. (Proverbs 13:15)
  • Man divides and destroys—God unites and heals.
  • Man is always building walls—Jesus is always tearing them down.
  • Man cannot govern himself because his greed influences his decisions.
  • The gospel is the world’s only hope. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • The gospel is the most important message anyone will hear.
  • Eternity is too long to be wrong.
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Sin
  • Sin is missing the mark.
  • A trespass is missing the mark on purpose.
  • Every sin starts with a thought.
  • There is no such thing as a secret sin. (Luke 8:17)
  • God never ignores sin.
  • Unbelief is a sin. (Hebrews 3:12, Titus 1:5, Romans 14:23)
  • Doubting God is a sin.
  • We all sin and we sin all the time.
  • No sin is acceptable to God.
  • If God does not deal with evil—then God is evil.
  • Sinning honors Satan.
  • There is always a consequence for sin.
  • Sin puts our lives on a different course.
  • “His (God’s) commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3) Sin is burdensome.
  • Sin takes life. Jesus gives life. (James 1:5, Ephesians 2:1)
  • Sin steals our peace. (Psalm 119:165)
  • Sin and peace cannot coexist.
  • Sin steals joy, spreads misery, and affects others. (Proverbs 8:36)
  • Sin isn’t hurtful because it’s forbidden—sin is forbidden because it’s hurtful.
  • The more people sin—the less of a life they have. (John 8:34)
  • The more people sin—the harder it is to stop.
  • Sin makes you feel guilty because you are guilty.
  • Most regrets are because of sin.
  • Unbelievers cover sin by denying the truth, blaming others, and doing works.
  • Sin needs to be confessed, not excused or justified.
  • There’s no such thing as good sin, just as there’s no such thing as clean dirt. (Job 14:4)
  • The only sin God doesn’t pardon is rejecting God’s pardon.
  • The pleasure of sin is forgotten after the consequence of sin is realized.
  • God deals with every sin—either by His mercy or His judgment.
  • No sin is as good as it looks.
  • No sin is worth your eternity.
  • Man’s sins never exceed God’s grace.
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Jesus
  • Sin is the problem—Christ is the solution. (Acts 4:12)
  • Only Christ removes sin. (Galatians 5:1, John 8:36, Romans 8:2)
  • Jesus never became God. He is God. He became a man. (John 1:1, 14)
  • Jesus was not a man in heaven.
  • Jesus knows our name, and loves us personally. (John 1:3)
  • Jesus never performed a miracle for His own benefit.
  • Jesus is kind and forgiving—the world is unkind and unforgiving. (James 5:11)
  • Jesus was despised for telling the truth.
  • You can know how much someone loves you by the sacrifice they make.
  • “Nails did not hold Jesus to the cross—love did.”
  • No one loves like Jesus.
  • The greatest display of love was Christ dying on a cross. (Romans 5:8; John 3:16)
  • Jesus didn’t have to die for us. (Matthew 26:53)
  • We wash away dirt with water—Jesus washes away our sins with His blood.
  • There is no peace and joy apart from Christ.
  • There is no peace until you receive Christ.
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Repenting and Receiving Christ
  • Sorrow leads to repentance, which leads to forgiveness, which leads to eternal life and joy.
  • When people repent, behaviors change.
  • Having ‘ears to hear’ means being interested in knowing what’s true.
  • Humility and repentance go hand in hand.
  • Humility creates an openness to listen and receive God’s Word.
  • People need to make a rational, intelligent decision to trust Christ. (Isaiah 1:18)
  • “You can’t ‘out sin’ the grace of God.”
  • The first thing people notice when they receive Christ is peace.
  • The stronger the commitment—the more peace they will have.
  • The stronger the commitment—the more he will want to tell others.
  • You can’t be too committed to Christ.
  • Not coming to Christ on His terms means not coming to Christ.
  • Receiving Christ is the most important decision a person can make. (Matthew 16:26)
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Unbelievers Who Reject Christ
  • Unbelievers have no assurance of eternal life.
  • Unbelievers have no life now, and will have no life in eternity. (2 Corinthians 2:16)
  • Unbelievers usually have more opinions than facts.
  • Unbelievers repeat a lot of lies, but usually don’t stop to think about them.
  • Unbelievers don’t object to the truth because they’re rational (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
  • Unbelievers object to the truth because they love to sin.
  • Truth for those who reject Christ is often what supports their lifestyle.
  • Pride is one of the main reasons people reject the gospel. (Psalm 119:69)
  • Pride hinders a person from seeing his own sin, and accepting God’s gift. (Obadiah. 3)
  • Some unbelievers can talk rationally about anything but Jesus Christ.
  • Denying God causes pain, suffering, doubt and fear. (Proverbs 13:15)
  • Some unbelievers think ‘the answer lies within us,’ but that’s where the problem lies.
  • Not believing in Christ does not disprove who He is—He is who He is.
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Religion
  • Religion is the study of God according to man.
  • Christianity is not a religion, and we aren’t asked to be religious. (Colossians 2:20-23)
  • Christianity is not a religion; it’s a way of life.
  • Religion tries to reach God—God reaches us through His Son.
  • Religion emphasizes the traditions of men not the truths of God’s Word. (Matthew 15:3)
  • Religion works on the outside—God works on the inside.
  • Religion values people based on their performance.
  • The religious pray using ‘vain repetitions’—Christians pray from their heart. (Matthew 6:7)
  • Christ gives freely what religions only dream about.
  • Religion complicates the simple.
  • Religion creates divisions and starts unnecessary disputes and wars.
  • Religion nailed Jesus to a cross.
  • Religions do more to keep people from Christ than atheists do.
  • The more ‘religious’ people are, the less receptive they usually are.
  • The religious often believe in God, but seldom believe Jesus is God.
  • There is no such thing as a good church that does not preach Christ.
  • To deny that Jesus is God is to deny Christianity and the Bible.
  • Hell is full of religious people.
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False Religions
  • False religions preach there are other ways to heaven.
  • False religions have no assurance of eternal life.
  • False religions change, disappear and reappear.
  • False religions deny the deity of Jesus Christ.
  • Those who reject Christ, reject the Father also. (1 John 1:23, Luke 10:16)
  • Those who reject Christ have no excuse. (John 15:22)
  • Define your term with cults, especially Jesus, sin and heaven.
  • False religions usually deny God’s judgment.
  • False religions contradict themselves.
  • False religions offer no power to live the life they preach.
  • False religions aren’t copied. They’re already a counterfeit.
  • Christ is counterfeited because He is the true and living God. (1 John 1:18, Matthew 24:5)
  • God never changes, and He doesn’t compromise. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8)
  • Buddha and Muhammad did not die for your sins, nor did they rise from the dead.
  • Talking to cult members can keep you from reaching divine appointments. (1Timothy 6:3-5)
  • Cults reject God’s Word yet believe stories that can’t be proven.
  • The stories, doctrines, and beliefs of cults keeps changing.
  • Some cult members don’t know what they are supposed to believe.
  • Cults try to work their way to heaven.
  • Cults deny Christ in one way or another. (Psalm 119:69)
  • Cults deny scriptures that declare Jesus is God.
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The Law
  • God’s law is perfect. (Romans 7:12; Ps. 19:7)
  • The law helps us know God. (Psalms 1:1, 2)
  • There is nothing wrong with God’s law—we just can’t live up to it. (Romans 7:6, 7, 18-29)
  • You can’t go against God’s law and win. (Proverbs 29:18)
  • The law makes us aware of our sinfulness. (Romans 7:7)
  • The law shows us our sin; it doesn’t empower us to follow it. (Romans 7:18)
  • The law is not intended to make us feel good—it’s intended to convict us. (Romans 7:24)
  • The law brings us to Christ. (Romans 7:7)
  • The law reveals our sin, but doesn’t take away our sin.
  • The righteousness of the law is fulfilled Christ—not by us.
  • If righteousness comes through anything else—Christ died in vain. (Galatians 2:21)
  • The law does not give us a relationship with God. (Romans 7:24)
  • Christians are free from the law. Christians are under grace. (Romans 6:14; 7:4, 8:2-4)
  • When people love God they fulfill the law. (Romans 13:8-10)
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Legalism
  • Legalism emphasizes the law over grace and faith. (Luke 11:14)
  • Legalism adds requirements the Bible doesn’t. (Acts 15:1, 24)
  • Legalism encourages trust in rituals rather than God. (Matthew 23:25)
  • Those who are legalistic often think everyone else is wrong.
  • Many that are legalistic don’t follow their own laws.
  • The more legalistic a Christian is, the more he strives and trusts in his own strength.
  • The more legalistic people are, the less gracious they are.
  • The more legalistic someone is, the more they resemble a cult.
  • The more Christians understand the grace of God, the less legalistic they are.
  • ‘Sharing the gospel without love promotes legalism.’
  • Legalism chokes out love. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
  • Overemphasizing the law encourages works, pride, and self-righteousness. (Philippians 3:9)
  • God does not want sacrifices, rituals or a legalistic relationship. (Romans 14:17)
  • God wants a loving relationship where believers obey Him willingly. (1 Timothy 1:5)
  • Legalism gives birth to cults.
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Evolution and Atheists
  • Evolutionists claim to search for knowledge and truth, but falsify knowledge and deny truth.
  • Evolutionists gravitate toward lies about God’s like flies gravitate toward garbage.
  • Evolutionists break the laws of science in order to believe in evolution.
  • Evolutionists claim to be objective but are close-minded and irrational. (1 Timothy 6:20)
  • Evolutionists reject the obvious and believe the absurd. (1 Timothy 6:20)
  • Evolutionists don’t think things happen by accident, except the entire universe.
  • Darwin hardly mentions how life originates in his book, ‘Origin of Species.’
  • Evolutionists believe everything is getting better when everything is getting worse.
  • Evolutionary theories keep changing.
  • God’s Word never changes. (Malachi 3:6)
  • One human cell is more complex than man’s greatest inventions.
  • ‘Atheists see a hopeless end—Christians see an endless hope.’
  • Atheists usually think they’re intelligent—the Bible says they’re fools. (Psalm 53:1)
  • Those that fight God will lose. (Isaiah 45:9) (2 Peter 3:16)
  • ‘God doesn’t believe in atheists.’
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Dealing With Those Who Object
  • You can’t argue anyone into heaven.
  • Don’t take the objections of unbelievers seriously or personally.
  • Arguing lowers you to their level. (Proverbs 26:4, 5)
  • Silence is often more powerful than what you say.
  • Let God be your defense. The battle belongs to the Lord. (Psalm 89:18)
  • God will continue to work on hearts after you leave.
  • Unbelievers may remember the grace you show more than the answers you give.
  • Many who object to the gospel will return with questions when difficulties come.
  • Unbelievers who object still want what they don’t have—and they don’t have peace.
  • Those who seek God will find Him. (Matthew 7:8)
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Satan
  • Satan believes in God and knows the Bible. (Matthew 4:4-10)
  • Satan uses a little truth to tell a bigger lie. (Matthew 4:6)
  • Satan ruin lives then blames it on God.
  • Satan hates everyone and wants to destroy everyone.
  • Satan wants to separate us from God and get us to stop trusting God.
  • Satan accuses us of the sins he tempted us with earlier.
  • Satan makes fun of Christians for not sinning—then condemns them when they do.
  • Satan lies about the consequences of the sins he tempts us with.
  • Satan either tells people they’re worthless, or better than they are.
  • Satan reminds believers of their sins so they will focus on themselves.
  • Satan wants Christians to embrace the world’s values.
  • Satan tries to convince believers they’re not saved so they can’t testify they are.
  • Satan tries to convince unbelievers they are saved so they won’t listen to the gospel.
  • Satan distracts unbelievers from the truth. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
  • Satan distracts believers with temporal things so they won’t do eternal things.
  • Satan offers temporary pleasure for eternal torment.
  • Satan seeks to take life—God seeks to give life.
  • Satan tries to scare us so we won’t trust God.
  • God tests us so we will trust God.
  • Satan leaves his servants empty and strung out.
  • God leaves His servants refreshed and whole.
  • You will never get a hangover from the Holy Spirit.
  • If Satan can’t ruin your eternity, he will try to ruin your day.
  • When Satan can’t scare you—you scare him.
  • When Satan can’t discourage you—you discourage him.
  • When Satan can’t distract you—you waste his time.
  • God uses Satan so we will get stronger by resisting him. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
  • Don’t fight Satan—he will flee when trust God and serve Him. (James 4:7; Jude 9)
  • Don’t fear Satan. You have all the power (1 John 4:4), just pray. (1 Peter 5:9)
  • God will crush Satan when He’s done using him. (Romans 16:20)
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Heaven & Hell
  • There is no hope in hell.
  • There is no love in hell.
  • There is nothing in hell to trust or believe in.
  • There is no peace in hell.
  • There is nothing good in hell.
  • There is nothing bad in heaven. (Revelation 21:4)
  • Everyone rejoices in heaven. (Revelation 21:4)
  • Everyone screams in hell. (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30)
  • There is no such thing as a good day in hell.
  • There is no such thing as a bad day in heaven.
  • Hell is full of hypocrites and cowards. (Matthew 24:51, Revelation 21:8)
  • To unbelievers, this is as good as it gets. (2 Corinthians 2:16)
  • To believers, this is as bad as it gets.
  • Compared to hell—earth is a paradise.
  • Compared to heaven—earth is a dirt clod.
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Insights For New Converts
  • A Christian is someone God lives inside. (Romans 8:10, 11; 2 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19)
  • Only Christians know that they are going to heaven. (1 John 5:13)
  • Only Christians don’t have to fear being judged for their sins. (1 John 4:17, 18)
  • When people receive Christ they are placed in God’s family.
  • Christians gain God as a father and other Christians as brothers and sisters.
  • Fellowshipping with believers is better than socializing with unbelievers. (Psalm 133:1)
  • God replaces old desires with new desires. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 36:26-31)
  • God gives Christians new perspectives, priorities and goals.
  • God has good intentions and gives good gifts to believers. (Jeremiah 29:11, John 16:24)
  • God helps those who help others.
  • Christians belong to Christ, and He takes good care of His property. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • God is all knowing, never surprised, and always has a plan. (Philippians 1:6)
  • Christians have no regrets at the end of their life. (Ecclesiastes 8:12)
  • Without Christ, life is not always fair.
  • With Christ, we get more than we deserve. (Malachi 3:10)
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Trusting Christ With Our Lives
  • God is in the business of changing lives.
  • Everything God does is motivated by His love and wisdom.
  • Nothing happens to Christians without God’s approval. (Ephesians 1:11)
  • The more Christians love Christ—the more they hate the world. (1 John 2:15)
  • God wants to be involved in every part of our lives.
  • When Christians read God’s Word with an open heart, God will speak. (Romans 10:17)
  • When Christians pray in faith, God will answer. (John 15:7, 16 and James 1:6)
  • When Christians are with other believers, God is among them. (Matthew 18:20)
  • When Christians worship, God will bless them.
  • When praises go up—blessings come down.
  • When Christians evangelize, they will realize every good thing they have. (Philemon 1:6)
  • When things do not go as planned—God has a different plan. (Philippians 1:6, Romans 8:28)
  • For believers, there are no coincidences.
  • For believers, trials build them up. (Romans 5:3)
  • For unbelievers, trials tear them down.
  • For believers, problems get smaller.
  • For unbelievers, problems get bigger.
  • God’s past faithfulness demands our present trust. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • You cannot lose by obeying God.
  • If you are in God’s will—He will take care of the bill.
  • God is never late, but He is seldom early.
  • God has everything ‘wired.’ (Job, chapters 38 and 39)
  • God is preparing a place for us, and He’s preparing us for a place. (John 14:2, 3)
  • If you want to have joy, get involved in the work of the Lord.
  • Unbelievers have hopelessly bad days—believers have hopefully bad days.
  • Look at what you’re going to—not what you’re going through.
  • A calm sea doesn’t make a good sailor.
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Sharing The Gospel
  • You can’t know the peace of God until you know the grace of God. (Romans 5:1)
  • You can’t know the grace of God until you know you’re a sinner.
  • You can’t make disciples until you make converts.
  • Share the gospel with confidence because you know it is true.
  • Share the gospel with boldness because you know it is important.
  • Share the gospel with assurance because you know God is doing the work. (Isaiah 55:11)
  • Sharing the gospel is not about ability—it’s about availability.
  • “Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps unless you are willing to move your feet.”
  • The importance of sharing outweighs the fear of sharing.
  • The blessing of sharing outweighs the fear of sharing.
  • “Be all things to all men,” but don’t compromise.
  • Asking for a commitment is the final destination when sharing the gospel.
  • We can only imagine the significance of leading a person to Christ.
  • God uses committed Christians.
  • God cares more about the missionary than the mission.
  • Satan uses uncommitted Christians.
  • Nothing is worse than a bad example and a loud witness.
  • Don’t assume those who attend church are saved.
  • Don’t assume unbelievers are not listening and watching.
  • Man’s laws do not overrule God’s command to share the gospel. (Acts 4:19, 20, 5:29)
  • Don’t expect to be loved by the world for sharing the gospel. (1 John 3:13, 15:18, 19)
  • It’s usually more difficult to share where sin abounds.
  • God often reveals our weaknesses before He gives His power, boldness and strength.
  • Most believers are apprehensive before they share and joyful afterwards. (Luke 10:17)
  • Share with the sensitivity of a dove and the toughness of a rhino.
  • Don’t worry about results. That’s God’s business.
  • God gives us relationships with unbelievers so we can share the gospel.
  • When you cannot relate to unbelievers, you can still proclaim the truth.
  • God uses imperfect Christians, but not unwilling ones.
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