Yes it truly will. This one statement will change it, I guarantee it. When you get this concept it will make things connect together, and it will help you enjoy evangelizing. If you’re anything like me you have a wrong impression or idea of evangelism.
You may think evangelism is for the “superior” class or for those “evangelists.” But I want to argue that evangelism is for all of us, and it’s much simpler than we make it.
You see, evangelism typically is thought to be some game of knowing more than your opponent and being able to win the argument. And there’s nothing wrong with knowing more and winning an argument, but that’s not the point of evangelism.
So what’s the point of evangelism? And what is that sentence that will change your evangelism?
What’s the Point?
The point and purpose of evangelism is to Glorify God. It’s not to win people to God, that’s God’s job. Our job in evangelism is to glorify God by declaring His truth. The rest is up to the work of the Holy Spirit. Some people will receive the message with joy, but it will die. Other will not receive it. Some will receive it and produce a crop.
Of course we ought to adorn our preaching with good works, but good works will not save someone. Nor will being a good person get someone to think Christianity is true.
So the purpose of evangelism is for God’s glory to be shared in order for God to use the seed of His word to reap a harvest of souls. So our job is to preach, not argue. Our job is to speak the truth. But we speak the truth, both to declare God’s glory, and in hopes that the message of God’s glory revealed in Christ through his works will change the heart of the person.
So the point of evangelism is to win a person, not to beat them.
What’s the Phrase?
This is all leading up to this phrase. This phrase I’ve said in a few ways, but here it is plainly: “Try to win the person, not the argument.”
If you’re anything like me, you go into “win argument” mode. You have all the facts, you hear the lies, half-truths, and plain old false beliefs or understanding of historical elements of life. You’re ready to combat and demonstrate the illogical, idiotic, stupid, and un-thought out crap your opponent is espousing.
But why? Is arguing with someone actually defending God? No. Is God going to let what they say slide? No, because all sin will be paid for, either on the cross or in hell.
So we ought not to strive to argue. Our striving should be to find joy in Christ, and to seek to win those around us. Most people don’t really have an intellectual disagreement about God anyways. I’ve had one too many conversations where I see the person truly doesn’t care about logic at all. They hate God, or won’t believe because of some sin, some false belief, or some reason that they choose to hold onto.
People are too dead in their sins to listen to you. So try to win them, not by arguing with a dead man, but by calling that dead man to life. And if God grants them life, praise God. If God does not, then at least you’re not arguing with a dead man.
Win the person. Don’t just beat them.