Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It
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You were born for this. God hardwired you—yes, you—for this. I'm talking about sharing Jesus with others. What if I told you evangelism is less about delivering a polished presentation and more about having a real conversation? What if I told you that God has created you to bring glory to himself by sharing Jesus with others, and that you don't need years of training to obey what he already made you to do? God created you for his glory to advance his gospel with the gifts, talents, and opportunities he gave you. You live at this time in history for a purpose bigger than yourself.

Alvin Reid's Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out reveals how to connect the gospel story with your story, and how to talk about that story in normal conversations with people you know. No gimmicks. Nothing clever.No need to freak out. Just you, Jesus, and others—in conversations that matter.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433643901
ISBN-13: 9781433643903

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Author Bio

Alvin L. Reid serves as Senior Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry and the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
 

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"Doc Reid’s passion to see souls know Jesus is evident. He has dedicated decades of his walk with Christ toward the diligent work of evangelism. Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out is simply Doc’s way of preaching what he practices. This text will enrich your walk, serve as a practical manual for those you teach, as well as mobilize saints from all walks of life to share the good news of the gospel we’ve been privileged to steward."
 
D. A. Horton, pastor of Reach Fellowship and chief evangelist for Urban Youth Workers Institute
 
 
"Here is an extremely approachable and, at times, light-hearted approach to a deadly serious subject: telling others about your love for Christ without fear. I have given my life to the idea of one person lovingly and effectively telling another about the joy of walking with Jesus, and in this book, Alvin Reid does a superb job of helping you learn how to share your faith effectively. Fearlessly. I enthusiastically commend it to you."
 
Rebecca Manley Pippert, author of Out of the Saltshaker, Into the World
 
 
"Let’s face it: most Christians are freaked out when it comes to evangelism. We don’t need someone scolding the ineffectiveness of the church today as much as a leader to show a fresh, effective way to tell the timeless good news. My friend Alvin Reid does just that in this encouraging book. You can have real and effective conversations with people about Jesus; Alvin will show you how."
 
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism and executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College

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    When you mention the word evangelism, chances are most people think of a canned presentation like The Four Spiritual Laws, Romans Road, or Evangelism Explosion. You think about a program you have to memorize and repeat correctly. Pastor, Professor, and author Alvin Reid wants us to think about evangelism more as a conversation rather than a program.

    In his book, Sharing Jesus {without freaking out}: Evangelism the way you were born to do it, Reid shares eight principles that are aimed at helping each person see

    how God wired you to be youhow to be a living, loving witness without morphing into a person you were never meant to be. You dont have to be a superstar Christian or a clever communicator. You just need to find the intersection of your love for Jesus and your love for the other person.

    Each chapter of the book explores one of his eight principles:

    Principle 1: God created you for his glory, to advance his gospel with the gifts, talents, and opportunities he gave to you.

    Principle 2: In order share Jesus confidently and consistently with others, first share him confidently and consistently with yourself.

    Principle 3: Shifting from giving an evangelistic presentation to having an evangelistic conversation takes pressure off the witness and relates the gospel more clearly to an unbeliever.

    Principle 4: God has sovereignly placed you in this world at this time with the abilities and gifts you have to bring glory to him and show the joy of the gospel to others.

    Principle 5: Effective evangelistic conversations connect the unchanging gospel with the specific issues people face.

    Principle 6: Expect people to be open to the gospel, and learn to share Jesus where they live.

    Principle 7: Talk to the actual person in front of you about the Jesus inside you; let them see and hear the change Jesus makes in you.

    Principle 8: Developing a lifestyle of sharing Jesus consistently flows out of a plan to share Jesus regularly.

    The book includes an eight-week study guide for individual and small group study designed to help the reader put the principles into action. I appreciated his approach and found his stories and examples to be encouraging.

    Books like this one have an inherent two-fold weakness. One is that they presuppose that one already knows how to share their faith. A person still needs to learn a basic approach to evangelism and what verses youd use in sharing your faith. That way when it comes up in conversation you know what to say and how to shift a conversation in that direction. The second weakness is that it presupposes everyone is an extrovert like the author and naturally connects and talks easily with strangers. One has to work hard at adapting his principles to your own unique personality and style. That being said, the book is helpful and encouraging.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program http://www.bhbloggers.com/. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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