I went to a computer conference once and met a guy whose title was Microsoft Evangelist. That caught me off guard but I put it out of my mind. Today, I’m reading and come across a post written by one of these software evangelists. I read it wondering what it could teach me about sharing the Gospel with people I come across. For the details, you’ll have to read the whole post, but here are the main points:
1) Create a cause.
2) Love the cause.
3) Look for agnostics, ignore atheists.
4) Localize the pain.
5) Let people test drive the cause.
6) Learn to give a demo.
7) Provide a safe first step.
8) Ignore pedigrees.
9) Never tell a lie.
10) Remember your friends.
I thought just about all of these applied to Evangelists (those Christians who obey the Bible by telling others about the Gospel). #5 is hard/impossible. You can’t hardly “test drive” christanity, but they can see you living it out.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying we need slick salesmanship in the church. I actually think that sort of thing is wrong and leads to easyprayerism. But, we do need to be passionate about our cause…do we believe it when Jesus proclaimed Himself THE way or not?
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