And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NASB)
The Great Commission has been said to be the mission statement of the Church. These verses show what Christians are to be about in their daily lives. When one reads Mark’s version of the Great Commission, a few words come come up that sadly scare many followers of Jesus. These words are “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15 NASB).
For some reason, people are all about becoming a follower of Jesus, but to go and tell others how they can become a Christian seems to be a scary thing because there are not many doing it.
In Tell Someone, Greg Laurie shares a format of sharing the gospel with people that anyone who has trusted Christ themselves can do. In this very short book (134 pages), Laurie shares how a Christian simply needs to share what Christ has done in their lives with others.
There seems to be many various approaches to sharing one’s faith, but I truly believe that what Laurie shares in Tell Someone (sharing your story along with clear Scripture) is the best approach across the board. People do not want to hear another practiced “sales pitch.” They are wanting to know what actually works.
What really stands out in this book is the emphasis that is placed not just on sharing the gospel but with following it up with discipleship. While evangelism (leading someone to faith in Christ) is a part of discipleship, it is not the entirety of discipleship. Laurie does a great job in reminding readers of this concept.
So, let’s say God has graciously allowed you to lead a person to Christ. Is that the end of it? No, actually that is the beginning! Now it is your privilege to disciple them (p. 109).
To finish the book out, Laurie includes a section that is geared towards pastors, teachers, Bible study leaders. This “postscript” contains five steps to help keep an evangelistic culture in the area you oversee. I found this very helpful.
RecommendationTell Someone is a small, easy read for anyone who is interested in seeing evangelism grow in their lives. It will not take long to read through this book, but it is still packed with some great principles and illustrations to encourage the reader to be more active in sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.
I believe that this book is a great tool that should be read and applied to a Christian’s life. Laurie has a way of talking with you through this book and not at you. Check out Tell Someone, and more importantly share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone today.
I have the privilege of giving away one copy of Tell Someone to one lucky reader. In order to qualify for this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section. I will choose one winner and that person will be notified on Friday, February 26th. I look forward to hearing from you.