I recently finished Alvin Reid’s book entitled Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism The Way You Were Born To Do It, and it is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn how to share the gospel of Christ with others.
I am constantly striving to improve my ability to communicate the gospel with others and to share it with those who are interested. This book was very helpful in that effort.
The book is built around 8 principles of evangelism that Dr. Reid expounds on through each chapter of the book, along with providing practical tips and engaging stories that equip the reader to be an effective witness for Christ.
Here are “The Principles”…
Principle 1: God created you for his glory, to advance his gospel with the gifts, talents, and opportunities he gave to you.
Principle 2: In order to share Jesus confidently and consistently with others, first share him confidently and consistently with yourself.
Principle 3: Shifting from giving an evangelistic presentation to having an evangelistic conversation takes pressure off the witness and relates the gospel more clearly to an unbeliever.
Principle 4: God has sovereignly placed you in this world at this time with the abilities and gifts you have to bring glory to him and show the joy of the gospel to others.
Principle 5: Effective evangelistic conversations connect the unchanging gospel with the specific issues people face.
Principle 6: Expect people to be open to the gospel, and learn to share Jesus where they live.
Principle 7: Talk to the actual person in front of you about the Jesus inside you; let them see and hear the change Jesus makes in you.
Principle 8: Developing a lifestyle of sharing Jesus consistently flows out of a plan to share Jesus regularly.
“Where you live doesn’t make a missionary, the mission you are on does, regardless of your vocation or location.” – Dr. Alvin Reid