Matt Queen shares practical tips for making evangelism less ‘scary’

February 1, 2024

When it comes to evangelism, the scariest part is often getting the conversation started, noted author, speaker and seminary professor Matt Queen. During the 2024 Alabama Baptist State Evangelism Conference at First Baptist Church Pelham, he outlined some practical ways to spark opportunities to share the gospel.

Queen is the L.R. Scarborough chair of evangelism and associate dean of the Roy J. Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. On Jan. 29, he shared how it’s not about whether people are willing to hear the gospel, but whether or not Christians are willing to share it — obedience to Christ.

“In our everyday lives if we wanted to talk about sports or politics or our family, nobody has to teach us,” said Queen, who has developed a training called “Getting to the gospel.” “So why is it so easy for us to do those things, but so hard for us — if we love Jesus as much as we say we do — for us to talk about Jesus?”

He added, “We’ve got to be willing to show people that hope that lies within us, Jesus Christ, whether they are interested in hearing it or not.” There are three questions, he said, Christians need to ask themselves if they want to be able to get to the gospel in their conversations.

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