An Evangelism Recap Narrative

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An Evangelism Recap Narrative

Written By Trent Nicholson

An Evangelism Recap Narrative

It’s a chilly December morning, and the church has gathered together after service to wrap up the first campaign of evangelism that Crossview Bible Church has ever attempted. Heads rise from the opening prayer, and the speaker begins. “Well, it’s been a long road for us. We have learned about why we are to evangelize, how to share the Good News, and how to foster relationships with those people that God guides us to. How about we start with a little sharing about our experiences with spreading the Word this week.” Numerous hands go up. “That’s a great sign right there. Remember when no hands would go up?” There is polite laughter. “Yes, John. Tell us about your week.” 

“A friend of mine lost her mother recently. She is in pain and confused. When I saw her sitting alone the other day, I talked to her about what she was going through. I shared my experiences with losing loved-ones as well and asked if I could pray for her.”

            “And what ‘T’ would that be?”

            “Trauma,” Several people say in a chorus.

            “That’s right Trial, Transition, and Trauma are the most likely reasons for people to be open to the Word of God. So, how did that go, John?” 

            “It went well. I shared with her how Christ is with us, that we are never alone, and that he will see us through to the end. I went on to share that while we live in a broken world, God loves us enough to send us his son Jesus and that Jesus died on the cross, was raised from the dead, promised that he is going to prepare a place for us and He will come again and will take us home with him.”

            “And were you able to invite her to accept Jesus Christ?”

            “No, she said she wasn’t ready for that yet. She said that she still had too many questions.” 

            “And is that a failure?”

            “No, it’s what you called a….” 

He thinks for a moment. “A yellow light. I did give her a flier about the revival we have coming up and invited her to come and see. I will follow up with her in a week or two.” 

            “Perfect. Who else would like to share? Daniel?”

            “Well, in the process of setting up the lunch for the teachers at the high school, I was invited to share the Gospel to the students at lunch.”

            “And how did that go?”

            “Green lights all the way!” I shared the 3-Circles gospel message with them, handed out the study bibles that we purchased, and was invited back to have lunch with the students again.”

            “Speaking of invitations, did you invite them to accept Christ?”

            “I did. We prayed the sinner’s prayer, I suggested some places to start reading in their new bibles, and one young man even expressed an interest in baptism. Honestly, I was surprised how open they were.”

            “Excellent. We’ll want to hear more about that. Yes, Katherine. Did you have something? 

“Yes, I was talking to the new young woman who took over the town’s recreation and activities position. She was really stressed out. Transitioning into a new job, there seems to be a lot of expectations on her. She shared that there is so much to do, but nobody seems interested in volunteering. I told her I understand and then transitioned into Matthew 9 when Jesus told us that: ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.’ Then I suggested that we might be able to help with the events: She said she would look into it. Working with the town would give us a chance to wear our 3-circles shirts, meet the needs of the community, and maybe even set up a table with a banner.”

            “That seems like an opportunity to help and share with a lot of people.”

            “It is, and it gives us a chance for us to demonstrate a love like Christ’s.” 

            “Okay, I think we have time for just one more. Matthew?”

            “Well, I don’t think you’d call mine a success. As you know, my brother died in a car accident recently and so my sister was one of the 4 people I wrote down the first day to pray for. I thought that coming to church might be a good way for her to cope with her loss.”

            “And did you invite her?”

            “I did, but she got angry. She blames God for what happened and doesn’t want anything to do with the church. I thought maybe that her heart had started to soften, but it hasn’t.”

            “And what did you do?”

            “She was so mean, so harsh. It was like she had forgotten that I am grieving too. I wanted to yell back, but I didn’t. I wanted to tell her that she was wrong but I remembered what you taught us in John 15: ‘If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.’“

            “So, what did you do?”

            “I told her I love her, that I will be there for her, and that if she ever felt ready to talk that I would be there for her.”

            “Very well done. You tilled the soil so that another can plant. Remember no matter your result, yellow light, green, or even red, God uses all things for good. Evangelism is first and foremost about spreading the Good News, but it is also very much about developing a relationship with the lost and showing the love of Jesus Christ.” 

About the Author

Trent Nicholson
Elder,Crossview Bible Church

Dr. Trent Nicholson is an Elder at Crossview Bible Church in Yucca Valley California. He enjoys doing ministry with his lovely wife Jacquie and their two children. He has been working in the local high school for the last 26 years while also heading up evangelism for the church

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