To be a soul winner, you have to become a good storyteller. There are three stories that must be told. First, we must tell the story of Jesus. Too much evangelism starts with what the person must do rather than what they must believe. No doubt, faith without works is dead, and everyone who comes to Christ must do something–as in, obey Him. You must repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. No exceptions. But if faith without works is dead, works without faith are deadly. Believers must believe, and they cannot believe if we do not tell them the story of Jesus. And we cannot assume that everyone knows the story. We must tell it.
Peter did this on the Day of Pentecost. He told the story of Jesus, how He died and was buried; how He rose again the third day and ascended into heaven to rule at the right hand of God; and how He received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured His Spirit out upon those gathered in the Upper Room. Peter told the story. He told the first story first.
Then, we must tell the second story. The second story is our story. We must testify of all that God has done for us. Peter did this when he told the gathered multitudes of how the disciples had been with Jesus and witnessed His resurrection. Effective evangelism always includes personal testimony.
Finally, the third story is our friend’s story. We must help the person we are reaching see where they fit in God’s story. If they can see the possibilities that God has for them, if they can see their future in the kingdom of God and all that means for them and their family, then the story becomes much more than just a story: it becomes their experience. Peter did this when he spoke to the crowd of how they crucified Jesus and how God graciously offered them forgiveness of sins–“For the promise is to you and to your children.” Peter told their story the way God tells it.
We must do the same. We must tell the story of Jesus, our personal story and the story of the one we are reaching as God sees them. Soul winners must be storytellers.