BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—”Has anyone ever taken a Bible and shown you how you can know you are going to Heaven?” This is the question that Larry Moyer, founder and CEO of EvanTell (an evangelism training ministry), asked often during his five key sessions on evangelism during the 2017 Crossroads Fellowship Conference. His focus was on teaching Indiana pastors the best practices of reaching the unsaved for Christ in the 21st century.
Dave King, pastor of CrossPoint Fellowship Church, Jasper, Indiana, shares the following seven takeaways from Moyer’s teaching:
- What would people in your community say they know about your church? Is your church known in its community? Would community folks have good things to say about your church?
- Make it your practice to be in prayer for two specific needs in evangelism: opportunity (“Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains” [Colossians 4:3] and boldness (“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word” [Acts 4:29]).
- When it comes to evangelism, which message are you giving your people: “Do as I say” or “do as I do”?
- Speak passionately! You won’t sell anyone on something you’re not sold on yourself. Enthusiasm is always catching.
- Give yourself 30 seconds to get someone’s attention and 30 minutes to keep it. God has called you to speak not for eternity but on eternity.
- Are you stepping up to speak because you have to say something or because you have something you have to say? If you have something you have to say, don’t just say it; communicate it.
- Set a goal of building up your collection of illustrations (especially humorous ones)—for example, 10 stories, quotes, or object lessons a week. Moyer shared many personal stories that helped powerfully drive home his points. In our sermons, teaching, and interactions with the unsaved, we need illustrations.
King thanks Pastor Doug Schroeder of Emmanuel Baptist, as well as the church’s members, for doing an outstanding job feeding and serving attendees, providing a place for pastors to network, and leading an excellent time of worship.