jesus evangelismSharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It by Alvin L. Reid is a superb book designed by a professor of evangelism to help everyday people share Jesus in everyday simple ways.
The book is not focused so much on techniques – though there are techniques described throughout the book – but more on the principles of evangelism governed by the “why” of evangelism. As the author writes,
Sharing Christ starts with understanding God’s grand story, centering of Christ, and includes his creation of you to know him and to bring him glory. That’s the big why…your why has to be as big ans God…You live your why practically as you develop habits that fit you, your personality, and your lifestyle, to help you live out the gospel as God wired you to do. That’s the how…
If you don’t come to understand the depth of God’s love for you, the amazing grace in the redemption you have in Christ, ans the wonder that God has wired you for his purposes – the big why – no technique in witnessing will change you. But if you get all this, you still need practical habits that fit you and create a lifestyle where showing and sharing Christ becomes as much a part of you as the diet you eat and the clothing style you wear (pp 58-59.
Throughout the book the author gives examples of how he and others have shared the gospel, examples people have used in the past, and resources to try to learn from in the future. Through it all, the author avoids selling a particular way of doing things, but rather encourages the reader to use his 8 Principles and cultivate a lifestyle of the gospel for the glory of God based on how God wired them.
Overall, the book is well worth a read and even taking up the 8 week challenge at the end of the book (after the endnotes)…which I have yet to do but am going to give a try.
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