Tips for teaching the lost

We’re commanded to take the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Utilizing the abilities and opportunities at our disposal, we become useful to the Lord (John 4:35).

Evangelism is filled with challenges. Yet, the Lord is with us (Hebrews 13:5) and he’s given us all we need to be successful (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 6:10-18).

We just need the right mindset and work ethic.

Christianity is a taught religion and each of us have a responsibility to do so to the best of our abilities. Paul pleaded with Timothy to “Preach the Word!” (2 Timothy 4:1-2, NKJV), no matter the circumstances or external challenges.

When we preach and teach the Word, publicly or privately, we must remember these principles.

First, be firm and loving in the truth. When we “speak the truth in love,” both of them must be present (Ephesians 4:15). Truth without love, or love without truth are equally destructive.

We must be firm to the end, always watching for spiritual dangers (Hebrews 3:6; 2 Timothy 4:3-5).

Second, be bold and humble. Never dilute the truth (Galatians 1:6-9), no matter what people say or feel. It’s hateful to put someone’s feelings above their soul.

But we must always do so with a loving and gentle hand.

Boldness must always come with humility (James 4:10). We remember the provenance of the gospel. It’s God’s, not ours. We take people to the Lord, not to ourselves.

Third, remember the price of conversion. A new convert is not a notch on our belt. Our ego has nothing to do with it. We’ve helped God change their soul’s condition.

And we must always remember the price of turning our backs on our loved ones and our past.

For many, that’s a heart-wrenching decision and we can’t know how many complications are the result. They need prayer, patience and encouragement.

Fourth, be patient and persistent. Life-changing decisions don’t come easily so we must be patient, prayerful and present as they make the journey. Being supportive, we can be a blessing to them.

Evangelism requires great courage and faith (Hebrews 11:6). We must swallow our pride and allow ourselves to be tools in his hands because there’s plenty to do.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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