Overcoming Evangelism Roadblocks

Let’s face it, evangelism can be intimidating prospect! It’s especially more difficult in the hostile, fast-paced climate of the inner city.

We know some people that are extremely gifted at sharing their faith, but not us. The simple thought makes our hands clammy and our heart pound.

Evangelism, however, is a work in which we all take part. It’s a lot more than inviting people to church on a Sunday. We are welcoming them into a relationship with Jesus!

Sadly, we lack the urgency to reach the lost for a number of reasons. Whether it’s apathy, laziness, or the fear of offending, we simply aren’t in the regular practice of sharing the Gospel.

Fortunately for the reluctant believer, Jesus provides a paradigm for evangelism in Mark 1:16-20.

Here’s 3 ways Jesus invited people into a relationship with Him.

1) Go Out of Your Way To Meet People

The Sea of Galilee was a highly prized body of water where the fishing industry thrived.

The narrative says that Jesus was taking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, and I asked myself the question, what was Jesus doing there?

Was he getting some fresh air or exercising?

No. Jesus was walking by the sea on a mission to meet people. He was intentional in his engagement of people. If Jesus was intentional, how much more should we be intentional?

We can start by being creative about how we reach people. For instance, we can host a spades or dominos tournament, or invite new acquaintances to a cup of coffee or a dinner party.

Use everything in your sphere of influence to intentionally build relational bridges to reach people for God’s glory.

2) Engage People Regardless of Their Appearance

Fishermen were marginalized in Jewish society, they didn’t pass the proficiency exams to become Rabbis and were typically uneducated and illiterate, and that’s the people Christ used to build his church.

Although He was a Rabbi (whether formally or informally trained), He didn’t call the people that had it all together or were the most educated.

He invited them into a relationship with Him regardless of their appearance and socioeconomic status.

Unfortunately, we can be very selective with whom we share the Gospel. Rather than seeing people through our skewed cultural lens, we need to pray to see them as Jesus does.

We’ve got to look past outer appearances, share the Gospel, and believe God will break the ruling power of sin in their lives for His glory!

3) Don’t Try To Talk Over Their Heads

This is a crucial point. When Jesus spoke to fishermen he talked to them about fish!

Maybe if he were conversing with lawyers he would have engaged them about the intricacies of the law, or if he was speaking to philosophers he could have expounded on the Socratic method, Platonic theory, or Aristotelian Syllogisms.

Jesus used familiar, relevant things to engage people. He didn’t talk over their heads. He spoke in clear, plain language that the people were able to understand.

When we get on the block and share the gospel, don’t try to be scholarly, but refine your gospel presentation in a way that easily understood.

Step out of your comfort zone. Tell someone of your faith in Christ in a manner that is both clear and strong.


When Jesus gave them the command to follow him, it was as though they were receiving a command from a superior officer.

Our hope is that he uses us to do the same for the people we reach for his glory.

Let’s share the Gospel in hope that the Lord will translate them from the kingdom of darkness and draw people to follow him

That’s it until we talk again on Monday.

Get on the block! Share the faith! Get out of your comfort zone!

Feel free to leave a comment below.


Ernest Cleo Grant, II

Ernest Cleo Grant, II (@ernestcleogrant) is the Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden, a graduate of Reformed Seminary (D.C.), and is currently completing his Doctorate of Education from Stockton University. He and his wife Sarah have been married for almost a decade and have two children( Amaela and Chancellor). He's an avid reader, a community advocate, and has bylines in The Witness, Christianity Today, The Star-Ledger, Desiring God, and other publications


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