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The Holy Spirit and Evangelism

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15

What role do the Holy Spirit and prayer play in sharing your faith? Nobody will ever come to Christ if the Holy Spirit doesn’t bring about a conviction. You cannot argue anyone into the Kingdom of God. Now, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have good arguments. But only as God the Holy Spirit uses our witness will anyone ever come to Christ.

I think every moment we should be filled with the Holy Spirit by faith, and that is a conscious choice. The Holy Spirit lives within us, but He wants to live out through us. Basically, quenching the Holy Spirit means we’re not doing something the Holy Spirit is leading us to do, while grieving the Holy Spirit means we’re doing something the Holy Spirit is not leading us to do. So, if we’re not quenching or grieving the Spirit, we’re filled with the Holy Spirit. Then prayer. I try to be praying all the time. It’s a constant attitude of prayer with every person I meet, with everything I do. Prayer unleashes the power of God.

Servant Evangelism

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:35-36, NIV).

“How do we witness? By the way we live, by our love and kindness to our neighbors, to our friends. Jesus said, ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ (John 13:35, NIV). We are to love everyone, and we witness that way. We can witness in many ways today. We have the opportunity to use modern technology to spread the message of Christ. In some places we cannot use all the technology, but we can use what we can and do what we can. But the most effective way to spread the Gospel is to live the Gospel and do good works, and people who see us will wonder what makes us different.”

“Showing the love of Jesus through deeds and kindness is what I call ‘servant evangelism.’ As I reach out with deeds of kindness to unbelievers, they become open to hearing what I have to say. I understand that evangelism seeds are planted through deeds of kindness. Sometimes I give away coffee, hot chocolate or soft drinks to weary shoppers. As those who don’t yet know Christ are touched in practical, kind ways, they become curious. Often they ask me what I hope they will ask: ‘So what do you believe anyway?’ Instead of trying to make a big thing happen with each encounter, I take heart in the power of small things done with a servant’s heart” (Steve Sjogren).