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Common Methods of Evangelism:
In this essay I will outline a few approaches used in Evangelism. I will Illustrate two Intellectual approaches, the Relational or “friendship Approach and the Masters Approach (confrontational).
I will conclude with a synopsis or brief conclusion on how I have applied these approaches over the years in my own life.
Part ONE – Evangelistic Method: Taking the Intellectual Approach
(Four Spiritual Laws versus the Roman Road):

The First intellectual pursuit is best used after one has established a personal relationship with an individual. It can be an effective tool to bring a nonbeliever, skeptic or those of a different faith to accept Christ as it points out the severe nature of Sin, Gods Plan for our life and that Salvation is a gift and without Christ man is truly lost. I have pasted “The Four Spiritual Laws as a diagram and an outline which was compiled by Campus Crusade for Christ, 375 Highway 74 South, Suite A, Peachtree City, GA 30269. This easy to use Method explains our sinful nature the need for Salvation and includes a nice version of the Salvation prayer. When dealing with an individual who becomes hostile or unresponsive to any Evangelistic approach one should never take offense. One should avoid arguments at all costs and all testimonies should be brief and be Biblically supported. The aim is to give the Glory to God, Christ and The Holy Spirit first. One should remember the Holy Spirit will convert the individual to Christianity. As stated in Evangelism Is… How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence “Everyone who is saved has become so as the result of the convincing work of the Holy Spirit. As we share the Gospel, the Holy Spirit speaks to the heart of the nonbeliever convincing and conflicting them, pursuing and persuading them. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit convicts them of sin, righteousness, and judgment.”

Just as there are physical laws that govern
the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws
that govern your relationship with God.

God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
God’s Love
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
God’s Plan
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly”
[that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing that abundant life?
Because…

Man is sinful and separated from God.
Therefore, he cannot know and experience
God’s love and plan for his life.
Man is Sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn
self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.
This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference,
is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated
The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).
This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion
-but he inevitably fails.

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf…

Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
Through Him you can know and experience
God’s love and plan for your life.
He Died In Our Place
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
He Rose from the Dead
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day,
according to the Scriptures… He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve.
After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
He Is the Only Way to God
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to
the Father but through Me'” (John 14:6).

This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

It is not enough just to know these three laws…

We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;
then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children
of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
We Receive Christ Through Faith
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God; not as result of works that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
(Read John 3:1-8.)
We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting
Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be.
Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross
for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience.
We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.
These two circles represent two kinds of lives: ( ClickJESUS-CHRIST-design-11451027-800-1067 Link)

http://www.campuscrusade.com/fourlawseng.htm

Self-Directed Life
S-Self is on the throne
-Christ is outside the life
-Interests are directed by self, often
resulting in discord and frustration Christ-Directed Life
-Christ is in the life and on the throne
S-Self is yielding to Christ,
resulting in harmony with God’s plan
-Interests are directed by Christ,
resulting in harmony with God’s plan
Which circle best represents your life?
Which circle would you like to have represented in your life?
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The following explains how you can receive Christ:

You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking with God)
God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude
of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

The following explains how you can receive Christ:

You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking with God)
God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude
of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
The Roman Road uses a series of five questions designed to evoke a response in the person one seeks to save. I have reprinted “The Roman Road” from http://christianity.about.com

Romans Road of Salvation
1. Everyone needs salvation because we have all sinned.

Romans 3:10-12, and 23
As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does well, not a single one.”… For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (NLT)
2. The price (or consequence) of sin is death.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)
3. Jesus Christ died for our sins. He paid the price for our death.

Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)
4. We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9-10, and 13
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved … For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NLT)
5. Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (NLT)

Romans 8:1
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

The main difference between the two approaches is “The Roman Road” focuses more on the nature of our sins and requires a bit more scripture memorization to master. It is a well thought out and easy to follow ministry tool and should not be over looked for its complexity. Which one to use would depend on the type of individual one is working with and how the Holy Spirit directs the conversion process. It is my experience the first approach works best with people who are more resistant to spiritual change or hostile. The second would work well with those who are consumed with guilt, grief or feel unworthy to come to Christ. Both approaches will lead the individual to consider the grave nature of sin, that they are a sinner that Christ is the Way and without him all is lost and the need for a Christ centered life is of utmost importance.
Part TWO – Evangelistic Method: Friendship Evangelism (The S.H.O.T. Approach)
The S.H.O.T. Approach is an easy to follow approach that was first illustrated in the book Friends Forever The acronym S.H.O.T is explained by David Wheeler in chapter 37 in Evangelism Is in the following manner:
1. “Somewhere. The initial aim to invite an unsaved neighbor or friend to somewhere with you – a ball game, dinner or other place. Hopefully this will begin the relational dialogue.
2. Help. The next step is to ask this person to assist in a help ministry. ( Establishes camaraderie and furthers dialogue)
3. Ours. The next step is to invite the person or family to your (our) place for a meal and more relationship building.
4. Trust After establishing trust, the final step is to go to their place. If your testimony and personal faith have not already been shared through previous encounters (assuming the leadership of the Holy Spirit), this is a good time to give it a “shot” and present the gospel message.”
It should be also noted that the principal of help teaches the Biblical principles of servitude, and compassion. Illustrating the love that Christ taught do freely gave to us.
Part THREE – Evangelistic Method: Ways of the Master
“The Ways of the Master” approach emphasizes the Ten Commandments as the basis to establish whether or not someone is a sinner. This simple approach use a series of questions and answers designed to evoke a response and open the eyes of the nonbeliever to the futility of living by good deed alone; the true nature of sin and that life without God Christ, The Resurrection, and the Holy Spirit is meaningless.
One Can Start off with a set of basic question such as:
1. Do you consider yourself a Good person?
2. Do you believe in God or if you were to die would you go to Heaven?
3. Do follow the Ten Commandments (If a proclaimed Christian or Jew)?
Once a person responds by giving a list of accolades and deeds cite the following scriptures:
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”(Matthew 7:22-25 (New International Version).
Faith and Deeds
“14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” [e] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone (James 2:14-24 (NIV) ”
20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20 (New International Version).
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags
we all shrivel up like a leaf and like the wind our sins sweep us away(Isaiah 64:6 (NIV).
One should patiently listen to the attended person who is the target of the message and not seek to aggressively convert or control conversation. Remember the Holy Spirit will guide the process, will place the desired words in one’s mouth and lead one through the process.
The Next stage to steer the recipient towards Salvation. I have found the easiest way to do this is to quote from John 3:16(NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Finally, if the person is entirely ready and willing, realizes in the futility of living a life in a sinful state and believes that God, Christ, The Resurrection and the power of the living Holy Spirit is the only true hope and the gift of salvation is the only hope offer to pray the Salvation Prayer aloud with individual.
“Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.”
Part FOUR – Application of These Methods in my Life:
Over the years I have applied all three methods but found the “Master Approach” seconded only by the “Friendship Approach” the easiest to deploy. In the arsenal on spiritual warfare and combating sin there is not one approach that is the most successful. The approach that had success one day may not work the next. I remember the teaching of Paul that reminds us to be flexible and humble while trying to put our self in the shoes of those we witness to.
Paul’s Use of His Freedom
“19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Corinthians 9 (New International Version).”
Finally, creativity in witnessing, spreading the Gospel and Evangelism goes along way.
In Christ,
Trenton Rindoks

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