Our evangelism-less experience doesn’t spring from ignorance; it springs from a lack of boldness and confidence in Christ.
Evangelism is a trust-fall into the power of God. Many say the don’t evangelize because they don’t know enough. Well, no one knows enough to bring on resurrection. Others say they don’t evangelize because they aren’t sure what to say at certain points. And others don’t evangelize because they are nervous.
Can we embrace our weakness? We’ll find power when we do (2 Cor. 12:9). I don’t think we should chuck the fact that we don’t know enough, we won’t know what to say, and we get a little nervous. Don’t run away from those realities, run to them in supernatural confidence in the power of God. We should do our best, learn what we can, but our confidence in evangelism cannot be ourselves, our smarts, our tactics, our insights, and our cleverness. Do we rest in the power of men or the power of God?
We need to relocate our confidence. There are seven confidence boosters we should have in mind as we go and make disciples.
1. Jesus’s authority
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18 ESV)
We have been commissioned by the King of the Universe.
2. Jesus’s presence
“I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 ESV)
Since Jesus is always with us, what are we worried about again?
3. God making his appeal through us
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV)
When we evangelize, God himself is making an appeal to the person we are evangelizing. God is evangelizing through our evangelism.
4. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit
“And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11–12 ESV)
We don’t know it all—but the Spirit does.
5. The Bible is effective
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11 ESV)
God’s word is more powerful than anything we could ever say. Let the Bible loose and watch the Spirit work.
6. The Spirit Brings Conversion
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8 ESV)
Our task isn’t to seal the deal, it is to proclaim Christ. Since the Spirit will do his thing, let’s do our thing.
7. The power of the gospel
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16 ESV)
God’s power is manifested in the gospel. Confidence in the gospel should be cranked to eleven.