What is the gospel?
Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin. Three days later He rose from the dead, showing us there is life after death.
People need to recognize they are sinners in need of a savior, and that Jesus Christ is that savior.
What is not the gospel?
Saying a "sinner's prayer" is not part of the gospel. We are not saved by saying a sinner's prayer. We are saved through repentance and trusting in Jesus as our savior. However, immediately after someone is saved it makes sense for them to pray, giving thanks to the Lord.
There are phrases we use for salvation that, although we understand what they mean, are not biblical and may confuse a non-believer. The gospel is not:
- Accepting Jesus into your heart.
- Filling a hole in your soul.
- Giving your life to Jesus.
- Giving your heart to Jesus.
Sharing Your Testimony
Share your testimony when you feel that the person you are talking with will relate to what has happened in your life.
A testimony used for evangelism should have three parts.
The way you were before you became a Christian: share enough about what you were like so that the person you are talking with can related to who you were and feel, "Yeh, I'm just like that."
What happened: tell what God did to save you. Remember to include the gospel in this part of your testimony. That's why we are here. To tell people about the free gift of Jesus' death.
The way you are now: share just enough about your new life such the person you are talking with can see you've changed.
Remember, your testimony is not about you, it is about God and what God has done in your life.
The prayer team serving in a booth is there to pray for:
- Those who are talking with visitors to the booth
- Those who are visiting the booth
- Those who walk by and just take a gospel tract, book or DVD.
- Those who are walking by the booth without stopping
- Those who do not know about the booth
When someone finishes talking with a visitor to the booth, someone from the prayer team should ask about the conversation and make notes about the following so we can continue to pray for them:
- The name of the person(s)
- Any concerns that need prayer
- Anything in the conversation that needs prayer
If there is not an oportunity to speak with the booth volunteer who was involved in the conversation, a prayer team member should make notes on what they saw. For example, identify the visitor by what they looked like and note that they took a gospel tract. Or the note might say they spoke with "Dave" for ten minutes.
The prayer team notes will be used, following the event, to pray for people.
One note of caution. Prayer team members need to be aware that it is easy to spend time in fellowship with booth volunteers who are taking a break or waiting for booth visitors. The prayer team needs to be aware of what is happening at the front of the booth and in the area around the booth. Always be looking for opportunties to be praying.
Continuous prayer is exhausting. Be sure to take breaks so you can be refreshed and focused when praying.