The word “evangelize” is based on the Greek word meaning “to bring good news.” Navigators are called “to make Him known.” The World needs to hear the good news that Jesus heals, forgives and makes all things new. The goal is to move a non-believer to a seeker and then believer in God. Here are some key points to remember:
- “They won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” People can tell if you have an agenda or if you consider them a “project” to accomplish. You should be intent on making life long friends. If your primary motive is not love, then you will probably be a poor witness (1 Corinthians 13).
- Your testimony is powerful. You don’t have to have all the answers. Others may refute ideas but your testimony is your own - it is irrefutable. Be real. Even your doubts and failures can help others take a step closer to God. Here is a helpful handout on preparing your testimony.
- Pray. Remember it is not your job to convince people to accept Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the one sent to convict and convince the world about the Truth (John 14).
- Be patient, be intentional. Be on the lookout for opportunities to establish a relationship which opens the door for the Gospel. Share life together. Don’t be one dimensional where all they see is you with a Bible in church.
The Bridge to Life
The Navigators “Bridge to Life” illustration is a simple way to explain the Gospel.
- Here is a one verse version of the Bridge to Life.
- The Navigators Topical Memory System “B pack” Bible verses are linked to the Wheel Diagram.
Read the Bible Together
- What’s next? Invite people to read the Bible together. Hold back, don’t preach. Let them talk and ask questions. Some people call this type of Bible reading an “Investigative Bible Discussion” (IBD). Many people suggest reading the gospel of John and answering the question, “Who is Jesus?”
The Role of Apologetics
"Apologetics" comes from the Greek word "apologia" which is usually translated "defense" in 1 Peter 3:15, "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." NASBS
Here are some recommended apologetics resources.
The next disciplemaking step will be Establishing. You may find some of the material there helpful even before someone accepts Christ.
What are the best messages you’ve heard that teach evangelism or present the Gospel?
What are your best Bible stories or verses for sharing the Gospel?
How about the story of the Prodigal Son?