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Sharing the Gospel as a Young Adult: How to Be an Effective Evangelist

When I was in Bible school as a young adult, one of our guest speakers asked, “When was the last time you shared the gospel?” After he let it sit for a bit, he said that if we couldn’t remember, there was something wrong in our relationship with the Lord.  

This pierced my heart because I couldn’t remember the last time I shared the gospel. My friends, coworkers, and acquaintances knew I was a Christian. They knew that I went to church on Sunday and believed in God. But when was the last time I explained the gospel to even one of them? When was the last time I warned them of the consequence of their sin and shared the good news that Jesus provided a way of escape?  

The Call to Share the Gospel

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He commissioned His disciples to share the gospel. Mark 16:15 records His final command to them: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” 

Jesus desired all believers to testify that He offers forgiveness for our sins and a personal relationship with God. When we fail to share this news with others, we take God’s gift of salvation for granted and forget that others’ lives are on the line. 

If you can’t remember the last time you shared the gospel with someone, something is lacking in your relationship with Jesus. Now that you know you are called to explain the gospel, you can learn how to be an effective evangelist.

Understand the Gospel So You Can Share It

All humans are born with a selfish, sinful nature. We are rebellious, unholy, unrighteous, and destined for death because of our sins. When Jesus died, He took our sins upon Himself. His sacrifice offers us forgiveness of sins through the gift of salvation. Because Jesus rose from the dead, conquered death, and proved His power, we can spend eternity in His presence.

Preparing Your Heart to Be an Evangelist

How we share the gospel is less about the method and more about the heart.

There are many helpful tools for explaining the gospel, including the Roman Road and the Gospel Bridge. But these tools are only beneficial if you prepare your heart daily to be an evangelist. Here are 5 ways to prepare your heart to share the gospel with the lost people around you. 

  • Abide in Christ daily.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”—John 15:5

The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we understand our need for Him. By reading His Word and learning about His character, we will gain a deeper understanding of who He is and a fuller grasp of His love for the lost. The more we love Him, the more we will love who He loves.

  • Listen for the Holy Spirit.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”—Acts 1:8

The Holy Spirit’s role is to help us discern God’s will and hear His voice as we read the Bible and pray. He equips us to carry out the Great Commission and prompts us to share the gospel. Our job is to be obedient to what He convicts us to do.  

  • Pray specifically.

“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”—Matthew 9:37-38

Our witness will only be as strong as our relationship with Jesus. Prayer helps us maintain an intimate relationship with Him. Through our prayers, God will burden our hearts for unbelievers. Ask God to break your heart for the lost, and watch Him use you to bring the message of salvation to others.  

  • Seek community. 

“And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits…So they went out and preached that people should repent.”—Mark 6:7, 12

Evangelism is not meant to be done alone. Jesus sent His disciples out two by two because He knew His disciples would need companions to strengthen and encourage each other. Praying for the lost and evangelizing together brings us greater joy and holds us accountable for carrying out the Great Commission.

Talking about evangelism with my community keeps me accountable for sharing and encourages me as I hear about how they are boldly witnessing. We learn from one another, stir up one another, pray with one another, and rejoice with one another.

Two young men walking and talking in church.

Why Should Young Adults Share the Gospel?

At this point, you might think, “Okay, I see the importance, but I have plenty of time to share the gospel. Why should I be concerned about it now?”  

With any habit we develop, the younger we begin, the easier it is to set our life priorities and patterns. While I can’t promise that sharing the gospel will ever get easy, you will find it easier to recognize opportunities for gospel conversation the more you practice. Getting the momentum going is the hardest part, but like any habit, it becomes muscle memory as we persevere. 

Training our hearts and minds to look for opportunities and listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading is half the battle. What we decide to do today will affect the rest of our lives. In the case of sharing the gospel, it won’t just affect the rest of our lives but will affect the eternities of others.

You Know the Truth. Now Proclaim It!

Just last month, I had to ask, “Lord, when was the last time I shared the gospel?” The answer was longer than it should have been. But it reminded me to pray. And you know what? Within a couple of weeks, God opened an opportunity for me to share the gospel. There is nothing more humbling and exciting than being able to share about the gift of salvation. 

Sharing the gospel is the most important job we will ever have on earth. As young adults, we should leverage our time, opportunities, and relationships to bring as many people to Christ as possible.

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