Best Practice #4 "Come and See Evangelism"
Today’s post highlights the fourth of ten best practices of “Come and See Evangelism” found in the Gospel of John, chapter 1.
Best Practice #4—Share Verbally
“He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means Christ).” John 1:41
“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’” John 1:45
The fourth best practice stems from the same verses giving rise to the third. Andrew and Philip both shared about Jesus verbally.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether Christians should even try to share verbally with others. There’s a famous saying that goes something like this: “Share the gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words.” Some people have run so far with this saying, that they fail to ever verbally communicate any Gospel Story-arc summaries, stories, paradigms, or juxtapositions at all with unbelievers. It’s critical for our lives to be saying the same thing as our lips, but that doesn’t mean that “mum’s the word!” The Gospel is not something people figure out on their own just by watching us. Keep in mind the progression I brought up at the beginning of Chapter 2, the one we find in Romans 10:14-15:
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”