This is my first post on this forum, I’m glad I found Universal Christianity existed and that there are many who share Universalist views. I came to my own conclusions on Universalism after reading Revelation where it is written there will be no more curse, and that outside the city are the sinners (the unsaved) and not forever burning in Hell. I look forward to interacting with all of you.
Evangelism is something very close to my heart, its something I am burning to do but I feel like something is holding me back. I evangelise mostly on Facebook, I have some great discussions with friends who comment on Christian things I post, and I am frequently surprised by the most unlikely people “Liking” something I have posted, and I have noticed over the years that new people who never interacted with me on matters of faith before, now do. I feel like I’m getting through.
I used to belong to the salvation-by-works ICOC and we used very effective methods of one-on-one street evangelism where our modus operandi was to go out and invite people to our weekly “informal bible discussion groups” or “Bible Talks” and I was always surprised at how many people said yes to such an invitation. At the time I had been indoctrinated by ICOC theology and I did not know how to present the gospel of grace, so converting someone could be a process of several weeks as we took them through the ICOC standard bible study series indoctrination so we could get them to accept everything we believed before we decided they were good enough to be saved and then baptize them. In ICOC your moment of salvation is water baptism, I no longer believe that.
I personally came to believe in Jesus through reading Jack Chick tracts, but they have fallen out of favour with me because most of them use Hell. I don’t want to create that image of God in anyone.
I’ve watched a few Ray Comfort youtube vidoes but I don’t like his style, he seems to beat people up with the 10 commandments first, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video where someone accepts Jesus while Ray is talking to them, or videos where someone was baptized. I also watched Fish With Trish but she seems to be a hit and run evangelist dropping tracts off, I don’t want to do that, I want to see the power of the gospel at work in someone in front of my eyes as a result of words that come out of my mouth.
I want to try a new approach, preaching the bare naked gospel, telling people that Jesus died for our sins, telling them that they are forgiven, that God has reconciled them to Himself, and that all they need to do to receive this is believe in Jesus and put their faith in Him. I’ve never done this before with anyone one-on-one and I was wondering if anyone here has and if they could share how they approach people and how they introduce the subject of Jesus and what they say, and perhaps also share testimonies of successes of people who came to believe through this evangelism.
I hope to hear from you about your testimonies of success stories of people you have lead to Christ, so I can also get out there and try them out.
lots of love