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Equipping Your Church to Confidently Share the Gospel by Jimmy Scroggins

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There’s been a lot of conversation among our tribe (Southern Baptists) lately about the state of evangelism in our churches and church plants. I’ve seen some fairly alarming statistics on the number of people who regularly attend church and still feel unequipped to tell others the good news that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, was buried, and God raised Him from the dead. We have lots of evangelistic sermons telling people they should tell others. We run a food pantry so that people can see our light shining on the hill and glorify our Father in heaven. We pray for the lost. All of this is good. But I think the missing ingredient is actual training.

My dad is a football coach so I grew up with the importance of training ingrained in me. He was always training his players to play football on the field and training them to share the gospel off the field. I watched my dad lead many of his players to Christ, and disciple them to be soul-winners. I also grew up in evangelistic churches. I have been trained in Evangelism Explosion, F.A.I.T.H., the Four Spiritual Laws, and many other gospeling methods. To me, sharing our faith and training go hand in hand. My recommendations to any pastor or ministry leader who wants to equip people to confidently share their faith are:

Choose a tool.

I just mentioned some of the tools that have proven track records of effectiveness. At Family Church, we’ve also developed a tool called the 3 Circles, which gives people a way to turn everyday conversations into gospel conversations. It’s proven effective in South Florida where the vast majority of people are irreligious and unchurched. It begins with a recognition of brokenness that opens people’s eyes to their need for a way back into God’s perfect design. The only way, as we know, is the gospel. I’m not saying that you have to choose the 3 Circles as your tool, but I am saying choose a tool and stick with it for at least ten years.

Get REPS.

Once you have your tool, you have to train people to use the tool. Not only was I the son of a football coach, but I played football growing up and now I coach my sons. Every football player trains and knows the importance of training… Read more

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