Personal Evangelism

Jesus was our example in taking the good news to people everywhere and He wants us to share the gospel wherever we go. This l44-page course by Jean-Baptiste Sawadogo will help the reader to understand the true nature of evangelism. Knowing the principles contained in this course will enable believers to share Christ with the people around them in a more convincing, powerful and positive way.

If you wanted to build a house, what would be the first step? Before you can start the work, you must have a plan.

In the Old Testament we read that God told His people to build a place to worship Him. He gave them a plan. When they obeyed Him, the building was completed successfully, and God was pleased.

Perhaps you remember also the time when you were being trained for your job. You did not learn everything in one day. You put into practice what you learned until finally you were able to do your work well.

It is the same in your Christian witnessing. There is much to learn as you go on sharing Christ with others. In this lesson we will see what kind of preparation we need in order to win souls for Christ.

An African proverb says, "One hand will never build a house." The Bible says, "A rope made of three cords is hard to break" (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

These proverbs are true. To build a house, many hands are necessary. The mason cannot do the whole job. Christ said, "I will build my church." But He has called us to work with Him in this great task. Each one of us has a part.

When I was a young Christian schoolteacher, the Lord led me to an elderly man. I shared with him my experience of hearing about Jesus Christ and how He became my personal Savior.

We have talked about the need to be involved. Now we will see how to get involved—by sharing with others what Christ has done for us. How can we keep such good news to ourselves? We must share it with others!

Do you remember the last day of a festival in Jerusalem? People from all nations were about to leave Jerusalem without meeting God. Christ, sensing a great loss, could not help but call out to them: "come to me" (John 7:37).

Jesus’ invitation came from a desire to help. The need is great around us. People are dying without Christ. May this lesson open your eyes to the great need for personal evangelism—sharing the good news!

One proverb says, "Prevention is better than cure." The more we know about the barriers, the better we will be able to overcome them. We saw in our last lesson some of the needs for sharing the good news. Now we will see how to overcome some of the barriers to sharing the gospel. Remember that with God the impossible becomes possible!

People are all different. What is effective in one country may not work in another. Very often we must use several different approaches with one person. When we speak of approaches in personal evangelism, we mean the steps we take to reach a person for Christ.

We have just studied how we can overcome some important cultural barriers. Do keep that in mind as you study how to approach people.

Do you know of a street or building that has been named to honor a person? This is done to reward and pay tribute to them. They have been rewarded because they have done something to help their people or their community.

The Nobel prizes are awarded each year to those whose work has helped all humankind. All of these are great and priceless rewards. No salary can be compared to such honors. And yet all these rewards will one day pass away.