For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
The Apostle Paul was more concerned about winning souls than winning arguments. This is one of the biggest hindrances we have at evangelizing, we care more about winning the argument than winning the soul. Should we care about sharing sound doctrine? Absolutely, but should we become stumbling blocks in the meantime, shame on us!
As Paul says here “To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews” We need to know our audience. Alot of Christians, when they do decide to evangelize, they don’t care about their audience , they just shout repent or burn in Hell. Is this making a personal connection with anyone? Is anyone truly receiving this message? We need to be trying to reach people, not just shout at them. Ask people questions, get to know where they are coming from. Try to find some common ground to share the gospel message.
Brother John shared the story on one of our podcasts about preacher Voodie Baucham, when his was in seminary a Jehovah Witness knocked on his door. He arrange a meeting with the JW to destroy them theologically and initially he felt pretty good about himself, until his professor asked “Are they coming back”? And he replied no. It finally hit him, it wasn’t about destroying people in arguments, it was about building relationships so they would entrust you to share the gospel with them
As Paul said “I made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” If you want to evangelize to a certain group of people, then learn about those people. Understand what they already know, where they are coming from, what personal struggles they have had in their life. Were not just a wrecking ball coming in to destroy people, remember we were all lost sinners once also
And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. I Corinthians 9: 23
Why take all this time to build relationships? Because we do this for the gospels sake, we do this because we care about people’s souls, we do this because Jesus Christ first loved us so we love others, Amen!