Fay deals with the notion of how to share Jesus, why to share Jesus, when to share Jesus, and where to share Jesus. He gives some very alarming statistics that state that a very large majority of professing Christians will die and leave this earth without ever having shared Jesus with one person. Fay is very poignant about church invitation alone not being evangelism and points the reader to the Bible to see the many scriptures such as Philemon 6, Matthew 28:19-20, and others charging every Christian to share his or her faith. This is the reason Christ came, that is, to seek and save the lost. We have become His hands and feet and human instruments to accomplish His master plan.
The truth is that most Christians understand the need to share their faith and some even desire to, but as the book title declares, there is a certain amount of fear that holds them back. Fay takes the pressure off as he reminds the reader that it is the Holy Spirit that is in charge of convicting and saving a person. Our job is merely to tell the story of Christ. Fay attacks the results mentality that accompanies so many evangelistic pushes. Instead of simply counting how many people receive Christ, Fay suggests we should count how many we've witnessed to. Whether or not a person says yes doesn't reflect success or failure. As Fay says, if you and I share the Gospel, in Heaven's eyes, we're already a success.
Fay has developed a unique and easy way to share the Gospel. The book details 36 common objections to the Gospel message such as, "I've done too many bad things," or "I don't believe in absolute truth," and even, "I belong to ________ (cult)." He shows how to deal with those who believe they are good people or that God couldn't possibly "send" anyone to hell if He is a loving God. Ultimately, Fay's method constantly points people to scripture. This method begins with each Christian always carrying with them a small Bible, even as small as pocket sized. In this Bible, he says to mark scriptures that the sharer will ask the prospective Christian to read out loud and then engage with a question of, "What does this mean to you?" The scriptures he suggests are, but are not limited to:
1. Romans 3:23 - "All have sinned."
2. Romans 6:23 - "Wages of sin is death."
3. John 3:3 - "Must be born again."
4. John 14:6 - "I'm the way."
5. Romans 10:9-11 - "If you confess . . ."
6. 2 Corinthians 5:15 - "No longer live for themselves."
7. Revelation 3:20 - "Here I am standing at your door . . ."
Then it's decision time.
At the beginning of the book, Fay shares what he calls "Sharing Jesus Joggers." These are questions that can easily be slipped into any conversation to set the stage for witnessing. One such interaction might be:
Christian: "Did you watch the football game last night?"
Prospect: "Yes I did. It was wild!"
Christian: "It really was. It was a team effort."
Prospect: "Oh yeah, definitely. What a win!"
Christian: "You're right! Hey, I've been meaning to ask you if you went to church anywhere?"
And you're off. Other questions include:
1. "Do you have any spiritual beliefs?"
2. "If what you believed was wrong, would you want to know?"
3. "To you, who is Jesus?"
4. "Do you think there is a heaven or a hell?"
5. If you died, where would you go? If heaven, why?"
These questions will definitely start a conversation. Fay encourages the sharer to listen to the responses and not be quick to respond. He reminds us that sometimes the best response is silence and other times it's simply to ask, "why?"
Fay spends the whole book laying the foundation for not only why we should be sharing Jesus, but also gives a step by step practice guide to accomplish it. He speaks of the "sin of silence" that he says we're guilty of if we are not sharing our faith. He believes, as do I, that God is going to hold us accountable for following His command. There's no other way to see it, but as disobedience. Having said that, I myself have been convicted for not sharing Christ enough.
If the church will make it a daily task and desire to share Jesus with just one person, revival will come. We must leave the prayer closets and enter the marketplaces, downtown scenes, recreation, and other areas of everyday life to share Christ. We must also live it in front of people and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I'm disturbed by the fact that so many are led by the Spirit to do so many things that have very little if any eternal significance, yet we never feel led to share Jesus. Sharing Jesus is one of the main pushes the Holy Spirit will make in the life of a believer. Yes there may be some rejection, but Fay reminds the reader that the rejection is of Christ and not of the sharer. The sharer may have to endure the ramifications of that rejection, but Christ has promised to be near the broken and rejected. In fact, Jesus Himself told us that if He was rejected, we would be too. If He was hated, we would be too. It's time to refocus our attention on the true meaning of being a Christian and realize that if we're not being hated by someone or rejected and attacked by someone, we may not be doing the job we should be doing in sharing Christ and letting our light shine.
I strongly encourage EVERY PERSON to find a copy of this book and read it. It will ignite a fire in you for evangelism. I can certainly see conducting a small group evangelism course through this book. It's coming for sure!