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Easy Tips to Share the Gospel


We are specifically told by Jesus to share the Good News. It’s so exciting to get to be a part of God's plan and a messenger of the gospel. However, actually talking to people may be a different matter. It's hard!

In the New Testament, there are several scriptures that talk about a “holy boldness” that God gives us in order to share the gospel with others. This boldness was necessary for the early church because the threat of persecution could have rendered them speechless. Instead, the world was changed. While we may not face the threat of death, we also need this boldness to effectively talk about Jesus.

When I went to Ireland I was so excited to do street evangelism, but when I actually went out on the streets, my knees almost gave out! I was so nervous and scared. Yet the Spirit was working. Our enthusiasm can only carry us so far; that's why we need the Holy Spirit to give us boldness and encouragement. People make up questions out of thin air, and there's no way that you can prepare for them all. Having the Gospel laid out clearly with a rough script in place makes it easier to walk up to someone and start a conversation.

These tips are not to tell you an exact way to share the Gospel. Hopefully, they start you on a path of developing your own unique way of telling others about Jesus. Don't be afraid to develop your individual style of sharing.

Pray First
This one goes without saying, but if I prayed before I walked up to someone, the interaction was better and we were less likely to be rejected. I'm pretty sure most of my prayers went something like “Lord, please help me” but even a short prayer like that helps.

Use an Icebreaker Question
An icebreaker question was something that I found extremely helpful. When you walk up to someone, having something to say like “What do you think of the music they are playing?” or “The weather is lovely, isn't it?” was nice. It made it a bit less weird when we launched into asking them what they believed.

Have an Evangelism Partner
I'm so glad I had someone to talk to people with me! Another girl on the team and I paired up on the streets. Working together saved us awkward moments, kept us safer, and we were able to play off each other in conversation well.

Be Familiar With the Roman Road
Something helpful I did before my trip was go over the Roman Road. If you don't know, the Roman Road is a collection of verses in Romans that go over the basics of salvation. The verses are:

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. -Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  -Romans 5:8-9

If you openly declare 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 openly declaring your faith that you are saved. -Romans 10:9-10

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. -Romans 10:13

It was nice to have the verses fresh on my mind while I talked to people, and I had them tabbed in my Bible which also came in handy.

Flirt and Convert Doesn’t Work
The internet has a bunch of “flirt and convert” jokes, like “I like my men like my Microsoft documents- saved”. While these are funny, flirt and convert isn't as great in real life. It's way less awkward to talk to girls if you're a girl, and guys if you're a guy. Don’t make it weird.

Listen and Adapt Accordingly
Jesus is amazing and did so many things for us. John 21:25 says that if everything that Jesus did was written down, the world wouldn't be big enough to contain the books! What you emphasize about Him will depend on who you are talking to. Muslims tend to have different questions about Jesus than a girl who goes to mass once a year, so think about who you are talking to and address needs and concerns they may have instead of just throwing your testimony at them. Remember that you are a sinner saved by grace, and give the person you're talking to just as much grace as you have received.

Be United With Other Believers
One of my most interesting memories is being approached by a man with a fascinating accent. He asked me what we were doing, and I said something like, “sharing the Gospel”. Without batting an eye he said “So what Denomination are you? There are South American missionaries are down that street. The Nigerian missionaries are around the corner. What is it you want people to believe differently?” I told him that I didn’t care what denomination someone is as long as they believe that Jesus is the son of God, who came down from heaven to save us from our sins. Being united through our differences is so important. We could talk all day about what we think about this or that; but when we come together with what we do believe we are much stronger.

Other Tips:
  • Give directions to the local church!
  •  You can't save someone, only God can. Once you tell someone about Jesus, the rest is in the Lord's hands.
  •  Be rooted in the Bible. 
  • Don't argue with people that don't actually want to hear what you have to say.
  • Tracts are great!
  • Some of the best conversations are with people you are afraid to talk to. 
  • Don't forget to smile!
Above everything else, love people. Take your time to really talk to them, to listen and hear what they have to say. Jesus reached down for us in perfect love- let’s follow His example and love people too.


Encircled by Grace,
All verses were taken from the New Living Translation.

Comment below with your tips for sharing the Good News!

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  1. This is such a good post! Not just for going out on the streets to talk to people, but just for living out everyday life, since we should always be willing to share the Gospel with people. :)

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  2. Definitely, Jenna! Thanks for commenting!

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