O.T.S. & I.T.S. stands for Out of The Seats and Into The Streets
We here at Ambassadors 4 Truth feel that the evangelism lifestyle should not be done alone; it should be done alongside others who are called by God to spread His Word. We are all on the same team and need each other to fulfill this mission from God. On this page, we are wanting to comb the evangelist community for new and unique ideas, understanding, and better ways of becoming relatable to non-believers.
One-on-One Evangelism- It is meant to speak to the person directly and is often times the hardest for some, but the mostmemorable for both sides of the conversation. Within the conversation be sure to offer the plan of salvation.
“Evangelism is Not a passing seasonit is a life-long Adventure with Jesus”
Why is it hard to speak to people about God? The old adage says it the best, “It is harder to speak to people about God than it is to speak to God about people.” Understand the spiritual realm that is behind sharing the Gospel. Satan is not going to stand by and just allow you to share a message that he desperately despises. Just remember Isaiah 41:10 and pray with your group for boldness.
Who should be sharing the Gospel? Christ Followers! Christianity is evangelistic by nature and that’s because Jesus’ life itself is our example. If you love Jesus and He has changed your life, you should want to tell others about Him. Love has beenknown to make people do things that they normally don’t do. Seek to fulfill the first and greatest commandment, (Mark 12:30-31) and pray daily for the boldness that you need. Real men and women love Jesus and are not ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Let’s seek to be those men and women.
Why do I feel fear when sharing? Often times your fear comes by way of insecurites that you have, or of course it may be Satan placing a spirit of fear in your mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Whatever the case is, hands on experience is a must, to learn how torespond to fear in a way that is prayerful and Spirit led. Again, Evangelism is a life style so treat it as such. It is easy to talk to someone about school, parenting, or even the weather, why not talk to them about how good God is in your life today. Share a blessing that you recieved from Him, believe me, they are listening.
Gospel Tract- The Gospel Tract is the Gospel message in written form. Once printed, a Gospel Tract is meant to be read by the unbeliever and he/she will by prayer and faith come to Jesus Christ.
Why use a Gospel Tract? A Gospel Tract is one of many tools to reach the lost and it is also recomended to start out with. AGospel Tract is useful because it broadens your outreach capabilities and it does not shy away from telling the truth in love.A good Gospel Tract speaks of sin, hell, repentance, and faith in Jesus and it does so in a way that is straight forward and loving. (1 Corinthians 13:3)
How can they be used? A Gospel Tract can be used to start a one-on-one conversation or it can be used to plant a seed in the life of the unbeliever. The Great thing about Tracts is that you can share the Gospel with potentialy more people than youcan personally speak with and it will prepare the soul for a future harvest by another team member (body of Christ). (Romans 12:5)
Leave them in places that people can find them such as:Counters, Tables, Gas pumps, Clothes Pockets, Seats, Books, Break Room, On Cars, At the Restaunt, By the Computer, etc, thelist goes on and on. Be creative and Pray to God for Guidence, (Proverbs 3:5-6) and please don’t leave them in a place wherepeople want to touch as least as possible, like a restroom or on a trash can. Also, try your best to put yourself in the persons’ shoes and understand what ways you would best recieve the tract. (i.e. If you were waiting tables at a resturant would you bestrecieve it along side a tip or would you best recieve it with a dirty table and a thanks?)
Is it less of a witness? Passing out Gospel Tracts is not any less than preaching in front of millions or talking one-on-one. Itshould be considered the same and not be diminished by anyone. Of course it is easier to do, but not any less. A Gospel Tractis simply another tool in your tool belt and should be used often. Who knows, perhaps the tract that you hand someone will prepare a soul for harvest in the near future.
God’s Will-Before you pass out any Gospel Tracts or speak to anyone about Jesus, it is vital that you become a self-awarefollower of Christ. Don’t be a stumbling block to the person God loves and wants a personal relationship with. God’s will is thatnone should perish, but that all would come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:9), (1 Timothy 2:4) and (John 3:16) Remember, you are the example in your sphere of influence as to what a Christ follower should think, talk and act like. One of the recurring problems that pastors, evangelists, and anyone trying to live for Jesus encounters when dealing with unbelievers, is a Christian hypocrite that they know or have known. You may know him/her yourself, but let it not be said of you.
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Sin is sin- When it comes to being able to relate to people who have never heard the Gospel, it’s important to understand that sin is sin, and everyone has fallen short of God’s Glory (Romans 3:23). It is vital that you try your best to approach peopleon common ground. We as followers of Christ need a mindset that is firmly built on the fact that all sin is the same in the eyesof God and that there is no hierarchy. When you asked God to forgive you of your sins, remember that those sins are no worse or better than the sins of the person to whom you are witnessing. Oftentimes we forget that Heaven is a perfect place and absolutely no sin can or will exist there. That is why Jesus came. He died to not only forgive us, but to make salvation possible to all those who believe. Our minds do not always think good thoughts toward other people, so make every effort to have the mind of Christ and view people through His eyes. Follow His example of humility and don’t elevate yourself above those you want to receive God’s message of forgiveness (Phil 2:5-8).
Christians, the only difference between you and someone who has not yet received forgiveness, is that you said a prayer asking Jesus to forgive you and they have not. The ground at the foot of the Cross is level, and God is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10: 34-36) Be encouraged and walk in the mind of Jesus, and pray that you would see others as He sees them... Forgiven!