I am not totally anti-four spiritual laws (although I prefer to call them, â€œspiritual truths”), especially if they include a call to repentance (and not just â€œbelief” in Godâ€“Mark 1:15).
Nevertheless, I am among those who wonder if there is perhaps a better way to approach evangelism than starting with â€œyouâ€™re a sinner” (that sure is â€œgood news!” isnâ€™t it). What might be some other approaches to evangelism?
- Invite a friend to talk with God (just wherever you are or perhaps invite them to Church). Basically, if salvation includes a relationship with God, then why not introduce people to God, Â instead of just teaching people concepts about God.
- Related to the above, help a person identify how God has already been at work in or around them. Ask them a question like, do you think God has ever spoken to you? How do you see God in the world?
- Pray with people. God will work in their life and they will see it.
- Ask people about what matters to them. What do they crave in life (love, a sense of value, adventure, etc.)? And then consider how God might be the answer to those existential needs. From the documentary â€œCrave,” I gather this is the idea behind Erin McManusâ€™s book Soul Cravings. Some philosophers are also moving in the direction of considering existential reasons for belief in God rather than only rational arguments.
- Tell somebody about Jesus. I donâ€™t mean tell them the â€œspiritual laws.” I just mean, tell them about Jesus. Who is he? What did he do in life? What did he teach? It is interesting that the four â€œGospels” (meaning, good news!) talk a lot about Jesus, not just about his death!
- Tell people how God has changed your life. What difference has Jesus made for you? Isnâ€™t that good news? (That is, “gospel.”) The 4 Gospels in the Bible were once titled, â€œThe Gospel According to Luke” (John, Matthew, etc.). And the stories in these 4 Gospels include many stories about how Jesus made a difference in peopleâ€™s lives (for example, John 9:25). If Jesus makes a difference in your life, that is your â€œGospel.” You might even call it the â€œGospel According to Andrew (or whatever your name is).”
I donâ€™t know about you, but I think in most situations Iâ€™d be more comfortable with one of the above approaches to evangelism than starting with, â€œyouâ€™re a sinner,” or even, â€œdo you know where you would go if you died tonight?” And the above approaches definitely fit better with the â€œrelationship evangelism” that many people talk about, which is less a shot-gut approach to evangelism and more so an approach to evangelism that takes place over time.
I donâ€™t think the above approaches are a cop-out. Rather, they are about sharing the Gospel, which is the very essence of evangelism (â€œevangelism” comes from the Greek euangelizomai, meaning, â€œI proclaim” and related to the Greek euangelium, meaning, â€œgood news”).
Question: Â What are some more Â ways to evangelize other than through sharing the four spiritual laws?