Bringing America to Orthodoxy: Personal Evangelism
(The following article was first published in the Department of Missions and Evangelism's Manual, Bringing America to Orthodoxy.)
The individual Christian proclaiming and defending his or her faith in God and Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Orthodox Christian evangelism. It is the duty of every clergyman and layman to bear witness to the light of Christ, and be prepared to give a defense for the hope that is in us. Every Orthodox Christian should be familiar with and prepared to use the information presented here. These are some basic techniques for sharing one’s faith with a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or new acquaintance.
The personal witness
Jesus said to His disciples, “You shall be witnesses unto me” (Acts 1:8). The simplest way to share one’s faith is through one’s personal testimony, or personal spiritual journey.....“my story”. Tell someone else about how you became a Christian, or Orthodox, or what God means to you. Prepare your story in advance, and have the key parts memorized (though not word for word, so that it sounds canned).