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Evangelism is preaching the Gospel.  Thus, an evangelist is a preacher of the Gospel.  Evangelism is one of the spiritual gifts (Eph. 4:11).  A witness on the other hand is one who sees or knows by personal presence and perception and testifies of that knowledge.  We are all called to be witnesses for Christ (1 Peter 3:15, Acts 1:8).  Remember, Christ says to be His witnesses.


Fears can hinder any witness.  Questions like: Do I now enough?  Will I have the right answers?  What If I get embarrassed or scared?  Calm down, God is a big God.  He wants you to be honest and let Him do the rest.  We all use excuses because down deep we are afraid.


In sharing your faith, remember Jesus’ example.  He asked lots of questions to get to the heart of a person (John 4, Luke 18:18).  He was caring, sensitive, compassionate, perceptive, consistent, and He enjoyed people.  He also showed genuine concern for the people He was with.


Other keys to sharing your faith are:


1)  Be yourself.  Tell people about your life.  Don’t hide what God is doing in

you and through you.


2)  Evangelism isn’t so much going out and talking to people about Jesus, but it

is looking for opportunities to share in your daily life.


3)  Ask some leading questions about what is going on in the world or on

campus.  Ask people their opinion on issues such as drugs, sex, AIDS, the

homeless, TV preachers, etc.


4)  Ask personal questions about situations they may be going through.  If they

don’t want to talk about it, they won’t.  Don’t be afraid to get into their

life.  And don’t be scared to reveal yourself to them also.  People need to

see our life, to share their life.


5)  Talk normally.  Throw away the Christian jargon.


6)  Don’t have a “holier than thou” attitude.  Share your struggles.


7)  Try not to get caught up in needless questions like predestination or

creation/evolution (you can answer those questions at another time).

Your life is a testimony of God’s love.  People cannot argue against that.


8)  List, Listen, Listen and Pray, Pray Pray!  Everyone can talk, that’s easy.  Most

people are dying for someone to listen to them.

9)  There is no “magic formula.”  Every situation is different.  We are called to

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