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How To Kick-Start Evangelism in Your Youth Group


Today’s motorcycles are mostly press and play. You turn a key, press a button, and the engine automatically starts. But back in the day, it wasn’t so simple. To get a motorcycle going, you had to kick-start it. Are you a motorcycle enthusiast, then it’s best for you to check out this kawasaki z400 for sale here if you want to purchase quality used motorcycles!

Here’s how it works: You put the motorcycle into neutral. Then you put your foot and body-weight down on what’s called “the kick.” At the bottom of your foot-stroke, the motorcycle should start. If not, you have to go through the process again.

It’s old-school cool to kick-start a motorcycle. You feel like a true rebel without a cause.

Well, youth leaders are called to be rebels with a cause—the cause of Christ to “go and make disciples” and equip their teenagers to do the same.

I wish there were a press-and-play button that would help you automatically do this. Unfortunately there isn’t. Youth leaders who do this well must kick-start their group’s evangelism efforts.

Here are four proven ways to do that:

1. Give Them Gospel Urgency.

…snatch others from the fire and save them. (Jude 23)

Teenagers need to understand the urgency of the Gospel. As Jude reminds us, when we share the Gospel we’re snatching the lost from the flames of an eternal Hell. As Jesus reminds us in Matthew 9:36, we need to view the lost as “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Help your teenagers understand that their non-Christian friends need rescued from the Hell they’re headed to and the one they’re going through apart from Jesus.

2. Teach Them Gospel Fluency.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Even the apostle Paul was trained in Gospel fluency. Someone trained him with a creedal summation of the Gospel (“what I received…”), and then he trained the Corinthians in that same creed (“I passed on to you…”).

In the same way, we must help our teenagers master the message of the Gospel before we teach them a method for sharing the Gospel.

At Dare 2 Share, we provide youth leaders with a simple acrostic to share the Gospel message. It goes like this:

God created us to be with Him. (Genesis 1–2)

Our sins separate us from God. (Genesis 3)

Sins cannot be removed by good deeds. (Genesis 4–Malachi 4)

Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew–Luke)

Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life. (John)

Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever. (Acts–Revelation)

Here’s a link to some free curriculum based on this acrostic that we’ve used at Dare 2 Share to teach teenagers Gospel fluency.

3. Equip Them With a Gospel Strategy.

As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbaths he reasoned with them from the Scriptures. (Acts 17:2)