THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK, applications and steps of action have been identified. But summarizing some of those key concepts in an easy-to-reference way may help you get started putting what you have learned into action. If so, copy these pages and stick them on the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror as a daily reminder of changes you are making. Better yet, use this list to give you some fresh ideas and create your own list based on all you have read.
• Pray you will join God’s harvest in a fresh way.
• Pray for other believers to join you working in the harvest.
• Pray for alertness to more opportunities to witness.
• Pray for spiritual discipline to keep your witness focused on Jesus.
• Pray for wisdom to witness effectively—no matter the situation you may face.
• Pray for boldness to talk about Jesus.
• Pray for the gospel to spread rapidly through your community.
• Pray for friends and family, by name, to be saved.
STUDY THE GOSPEL
• Read your church’s doctrinal statement to clarify what you believe about the gospel.
• Ask your pastor to recommend a doctrinal study or good book on the gospel.
• Complete a practical course on how to share the gospel conversationally.
• Identify theological questions you have about the gospel and resolve them with a pastor or other spiritual mentor.
• Identify relational tension you feel when sharing the gospel and discuss it with a pastor or other spiritual mentor.
EXPERIENCE THE HOLY SPIRIT
• Read your church’s doctrinal statement to clarify what you believe about the Holy Spirit.
• Ask your pastor to recommend a doctrinal study or a good book on the Holy Spirit.
• Seek, through prayer on a daily basis, the filling of the Holy Spirit for ministry to others, including sharing the gospel.
• Confess known sin and stop sinful behavior that may be an impediment to the Spirit’s flow through you.
• Initiate spiritual disciplines (daily Bible reading, prayer, worship attendance, Scripture memory, fasting, etc.) that accentuate your sensitivity to the Spirit.
• Make a list of friends, family, and people in your circle of influence who you want to be more sensitive to regarding their spiritual condition and interest.
• If you do not have many unsaved friends, make a list of acquaintances you could befriend in more intentional ways.
• Take an acquaintance to lunch, coffee, a sporting event, or a concert, any mutually enjoyable activity that would provide an opportunity for building a relationship leading to a conversation about the gospel.
• Adjust your attitude toward unbelievers who may behave in unseemly ways you find offensive. Choose to love people and ignore behavior!
• If you are not connected to non-Christian communities, join a club or a group with which you share a common interest. Make friends!
DETERMINE TO CHANGE
• Overcome your reticence to share a verbal witness about Jesus and reject any definition of witnessing that doesn’t include communicating the gospel.
• Overcome any embarrassment you have about the gospel because of the behavior of other Christians or negative prejudice in your community toward Christianity.
• Overcome religious barriers well-meaning Christians have erected that prevent you from connecting the gospel with your community.
• Overcome cultural barriers and other prejudices that prevent you from sharing the gospel with all people in your circle of influence.
• Overcome limitations on evangelistic methods you may have allowed to limit your creativity in communicating the gospel.
ADJUST YOUR LIFESTYLE
• Identify frivolous activities on which you are wasting time. Eliminate them from your schedule and devote more time to evangelistic endeavors.
• Identify ways you are wasting money that could be used or kingdom purposes. Redirect those funds to evangelistic activities.
• Identify a sacrifice you are willing to make so someone can hear the gospel—and make it today!
Jeff Iorg, Unscripted: Sharing the Gospel as Life Happens (Ashland, OH: New Hope Publishers, 2014).
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