Dr. Alvin Reid’s “Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out” is aptly named because Christians often freak out when it comes to sharing their personal faith in Jesus Christ. We read repeatedly the Great Commission from Jesus in Matthew 28 to “go” and “teach” what we have learned from him. However, how do we do that? What if I get scared? Contrary to popular belief, and training sessions (which themselves are not bad for evangelism), speaking to a stranger about your faith in Christ is easier than you might think.
This book is a simple guide in sharing your faith. What I mean by that is it moves beyond the convoluted strategies and memorization of “tactics” in order to counter people’s arguments and statements. It anticipates that the reader is seeking a “fresh” approach to evangelism that does not involve copious amounts of hours trying to memorize differing approaches. This book gets to the heart of the matter. Essentially, presentations are good, but conversations are better (see back cover).
In a pluralistic culture, and even in a culture in which Christianity is no longer given primary status, sharing our faith is essential. I am thankful that Dr. Reid has written this book because he recognizes that we are vital in God’s reconciling work through the Gospel. This book seems to suggest, and I am thankful for this, that “actions speak louder than words.” Our words only carry so much weight. Our actions, however, carry that much more. Something else I appreciate about this book is that there really is not any pressure placed upon you (the “presenter”). By that I mean your goal in these beginning talks is to start with them, not you. Start with their worldview, their life, their thoughts, questions, and (the most important aspect) listen. Listening is key when you are seeking to build these relationships and “make friends” (see chapter 8).
I hope you read this book. There are numerous books on evangelism and outreach strategies, but this book gets to the heart of the matter in that you are vital. God has called you to teach what the Scriptures teach (namely, the Gospel). Get involved not in memorization of strategies and techniques, but in people’s lives and “sharing Jesus without freaking out.”
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