How to Overcome Fear in Evangelism
If I want to know how to overcome fear in evangelism, where do I start? Although there are numerous resources out there to help remedy our problem, we can also look to examples that currently exist around us.
Helpful Resources on How to Overcome Fear in Evangelism
Helpful books and websites give us confidence and encouragement toward teaching us how to overcome fear in evangelism. Since there are many forms and styles of evangelism, I am going to focus only on a few.
Let us overcome fear in evangelism together. Check out any of these tested and proven resources.
Additionally, here are some comments (permission granted to use) from new friends of Church Leaders Campfire on how to overcome fear in evangelism:
Robert Dallman, of ChristLife, Inc:
1. Get to know Who you should fear: Matthew 10:28 – “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
2. Become motivated to preach the Gospel by the things that motivated the Apostle Paul:
A. Love of Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:14 – “For the love of Christ constraineth us…”
B. Terror of God: 2 Corinthians 5:11 – “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”
I believe that it is our over “familiarity” with God and our lack of biblical “fear of the Lord” that leads to fear of evangelism. We must truly love the lost (not just in word, but in deed – i.e. preaching the Gospel to them). This love will increase as we get to know Jesus better, and truly believe in hell.
If we fear the Lord… love the lost… live in the reality of where the unrepentant will spend a literal tormented eternity (hell)… His Holy Spirit will help us overcome our fear of people.
Phil Gioja, of Heartland Seeds:
“I’ve shared my faith only a few times directly in a way to evangelize someone. For me it was seeing how the gospel fit a need in the other person’s life that came up through relationship & conversation, and explaining that. But I live fairly transparently so most people who know me know I’m a believer, read my blog, hear me talk about my faith, see things on Facebook, so I know people see me as a believer. I hope my walk speaks strongly and my words back it up; I want my entire life to give God glory.”