One of the hardest things for followers of Christ to do is the “E” word.  That’s right, “evangelism.”  Mention evangelism, and people begin to get a little uncomfortable.  Stomachs start to lurch, palms begin to sweat.  For some reason, we have made evangelism into this incredibly difficult thing that involves going up to strangers and telling them about Jesus.
What if we looked at evangelism in a different way?  What if evangelism was just about telling your story in the course of your everyday life?
In today’s reading from Acts, Paul is on trial before King Agrippa.  After he arrived back in Jerusalem following one of his missionary journeys, Paul goes to the Temple.  While he is there, some people recognize him and basically start a riot.  Paul ends up getting arrested and stands trial.  In this portion of Acts, Paul is sharing his conversion story with King Agrippa.  As he does so, he asks Agrippa if he believes the prophets, and is getting ready to try to convince him of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus.  And here’s what happens next…
Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”  Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains” (Acts 28:28-29).
Now, Paul was an evangelist.  He traveled all over the Roman Empire, telling people about Jesus, setting up churches, and paying dearly for it at times.  He was the kind of guy that could go up to strangers and start talking about Jesus, and end up converting them along the way.  But that wasn’t his only method.  Here, we see that Paul’s style of evangelism is to simply tell his story in the course of his day.
Most people are scared of evangelism because they think they have to be an expert.  They think they have to know all the answers.  Here’s what we need to realize: Nobody knows the story of your journey of faith more than you.  You are the expert in your relationship with Christ.  You know your story.  Nobody can tell it better than you.  So, tell your story.  Let people know how much your relationship with Christ means to you, and you may be surprised that at some point, their story will begin, “A friend once told me…”
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