*by Wes Moore
Evangelism isn’t easy today. People are raised to doubt everything the Bible says, especially in the area of origins. Here are some tips I’d like to share with you based on my years of trying to lead my evolutionist friends to the Lord.
Tip #1: Be a person who prays about evangelism every day. After you bang your head against an atheist or evolutionist a few times, you’ll realize this really is a spiritual contest. It can’t be won with intellectual arguments alone. God must soften the heart, give us wisdom, and make our words powerful.
Make it a habit to pray to God each day about your own personal efforts to extend his kingdom. Here are a few things you should always pray about:
- Personal courage. It’s hard to broach spiritual subjects today. It takes a lot of guts. Ask Jesus Christ to give you a sense of fearlessness so you can talk with both friends and strangers about him.
- Opportunities. You never know what the day will hold. Who will you meet today? Who will you stand next to at the post office? Ask God to give you opportunities you can handle well given your personality and gifts. Also, don’t forget to pray for lost people you know by name each day.
- A quiet, patient spirit. It’s easy to get mad when you start talking to the lost. They will say so many things that will frustrate you. Ask the Spirit to let you transcend your emotions and deal objectively and fairly with your lost friend.
- Genuine love. We should feel a real sense of love when we see someone outside of Christ. We should really care about them and want to help them. You’ll need the Lord’s help to feel this way.
Tip #2: Understand what the other person believes before you try to answer them. Every evolutionist is different; they don’t all believe exactly the same thing. You must know what that evolutionist believes. Ask a lot of questions. Get clarification. Listen closely.
As you do, try to identify the core issues. What’s the biggest thing (or two) keeping this person from believing the Bible? Listen for what they repeat, or for what really gets them going. Listen for what’s below the surface as well. Sometimes the intellectual issues are just a smoke screen for the real issue.
Tip #3: Pick one issue and nail it. In any given conversation, you’re only going to have so much time. So, after you’ve honed in on the core issues (see Tip #2), pick one thing you know you can answer right then and go for it! Don’t get side tracked with anything else until you’ve demolished that argument. Before the conversation is over, your goal should be to at least make them doubt one thing they believed before they talked to you. This will begin to prepare their rocky hearts for more truth later.
Tip #4: Transition to the spiritual side of things. Once you’ve answered a question, transition to either the validity of the Bible overall, or the gospel itself.
For example, if someone objects to the Bible based on Noah’s Ark (that it wasn’t large enough for all the kinds of animals on the earth), give them the answer (the size of the Ark, only representatives of animal kinds required, etc.) and then say something like, “So, you see, Bill, the biblical story of Noah’s Ark is not the fairy tale that many believe. And this is what we’d expect if it was the Word of the Creator himself.” Or, “Bill, the purpose of the Ark was to save humanity from the judgment of God. In a similar way, Jesus Christ died on a cross the give us a way to be saved.”
Tip #5: Keep creation witnessing materials with you. If you’ve given a good answer, you may have created some interest in your lost friend for more information. That’s why it’s always good to keep some creation booklets with you wherever you go.
It’s impossible to keep a booklet on every subject, but pick two or three that apply broadly and keep them in your glove box, briefcase, or schoolbag. Creation Ministries International (CMI) has some excellent booklets you can get for less than $1 each.
Another creative idea is to give out copies of apologetics fiction. Many people today simply won’t read non-fiction. However, they’ll read a good novel in a heartbeat! That’s why I wrote The Maker. It’s a great story with creation apologetics and the gospel built in. You can get your point across to a lot more folks if you’ll arm yourself with a good fiction resource like this.
It’s tough to witness today. But we can make an impact if we follow some simple guidelines. Put these five tips into action today and you’ll be making a great difference in the kingdom in no time.
*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking. You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.
by Wes Moore
It’s 2332 AD and our greatest fears have been realized. America has been destroyed and all history of her erased. The Global Government, made up of America’s present friends and foes, oppresses the world and hunts down and annihilates any person or group that threatens it. No one can challenge the great Global Government until a suicidal archaeologist named Adrien Bach finds a black box buried in the remote desert that was Middle America. The other-worldly contents of this box lead him to the truth—about America, the Global Government, and the greatest crime in human history.
Join Adrien on a thrilling, twenty-fourth century ride to uncover the truth and reveal that truth to a world starved of hope, love, and light. And along the way, perhaps you’ll learn something that will change the way you view our twenty-first century world.
Give a copy to your lost friends and family today!