I am an introvert. I’ll just say it loud and clear. I would rather hide behind my computer screen in my living room than have to go out and talk to a stranger face-to-face; especially when it comes to sharing the gospel with a complete stranger. BUT we are commanded in the scripture to evangelize or share the gospel to those who are around us. And as we think about what the gospel is, and what it has done in our lives; wouldn’t we want to share this glorious truth? This reminder always stabs me in the heart, I think about all the opportunities I had to share God’s gracious work and yet I didn’t. Why? Was I pridefully fearful of what man could do to me or thinking about me? Thinking about these facts really weighs on my heart. I must destroy this pride that lives on in my heart.
So I decided to talk to one of my dear introverted friends whose husband has quite the knack for sharing the gospel. With her guiding, we came up with 5 points that will help the introverts and anyone really to share the gospel boldly.
Step 1: Gain the Proper Perspective
As Christians we are commanded to preach the gospel to those around us, essentially we are to be missionaries in our own cities. Mark 16:15 tells us, “…Go into all the world and preach the good news [gospel] to everyone.”
Thankfully it is not our power that transforms life. It is God’s power working through our words. In Philippians 2:12b-13 Paul assures us of this, “…work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” So, in essence, God is displaying His power through our obedient actions. We are called to plant the seed through our actions, but we cannot cause the seed to grow. This is the truth for me that takes a lot of the pressure off. We are not called to change that stranger’s life, we are only commanded to tell them the good news. Paul is talking to the Corinthians and he gives them this reminder, “I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” Only God can change a person’s heart and we must remember that.
Step 2: Speak Truth to Yourself
God will give us the tools necessary for sharing
• Courage: There are so many verses in the Bible that remind us of what God has done in our life. He has given us a spirit of strength and courage so that we need not be afraid. David, a man after God’s own heart, confirms this, “…Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you…” God will give us everything we need so that we can serve Him. As we read the Bible and fill our minds with what is true; especially concerning our God, we will grow in our confidence. A good reminder is in 1 Corinthians 15:58,
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
• Words: As an introvert, I understand how difficult it can be to get the right words and then make them sound smooth, elegant, and persuasive, while not being too pushy. But thankfully God knows that we are indeed weak, finite beings so He mercifully gives us grace. Once again we find solace in the words of Paul in 1 Corinthian 2:1-2 “…I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I [Paul] determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” So even in our stuttering and stumbling over words, God uses them to change the hearts of those who hear. Moses is another great example. I encourage you to read all of Exodus 4; it is a great reminder of the power of our God.
“Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf…? Is it not I, the Lord?”1
We must remember that God’s word is active, sharper than a sword. Isaiah 55:11 is another encouraging verse, “So will My word be which forth from my mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” God will work in their lives for salvation, all we have to do is share.
Step 3: Find a Buddy
Finding someone who has more practice and going out and sharing with them can be extremely beneficial. My church has a program called Monday Night Evangelism and the basis of it is simple. They pair you with an older Christian who has more experience with sharing the gospel. Going out with someone else has really emboldened me.
Step 4: Pray & Practice
Before we really are able to do much, we must ask God for help and for the words to say. Prayer is so often underutilized, but we are all called to be ‘prayer warriors.’ Philippians 4:6-7 is a good verse for encouragement, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Wow, that’s an amazing promise that we have, the almighty creator of the world WANTS to hear our requests.
Another step is to practice. Find a Christian friend and share the gospel back and forth to each other. Have them ask you questions and then the opposite. Practice what you would say and see how much more confidence you have when you share with someone who doesn’t know. Practice is important for keeping the gospel fresh in our minds.
Step 5: The Gospel
This is by far the most important aspect of sharing the gospel. If we don’t actually share the true gospel when we evangelize, we are not doing anything. We must be bold with the true gospel. We must preach what the Bible says and preach it without error. I’ll link my post about the gospel here. Before you start to share the gospel please, please please make sure you are preaching the true, biblical gospel.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope this was encouraging to all you introverts out there. I know it’s hard to talk to strangers, but we can have peace and confidence through our God who strengthens us.
Redeemed By the King
- Exodus 4:10-11