Remember that evangelism is a phase of discipleship; it is a process. As you sow the Truth into the minds of your unbelieving friends, you must allow time for things to sink in. There is little that you can do to enhance the germination process. For a seed to spring to life, conditions must be right, conditions that the Lord controls. Waiting flies in the face of our “more, better, faster” culture, but we are to follow God’s lead, not force His hand.
At no time in anyone’s life does Bible knowledge necessarily equal a changed heart or life. Dr. Paul Benjamin conducted hundreds of interviews with new believers, and in his book, The Equipping Ministry, he wrote that the average person requires five “significant encounters” with the gospel (hearing it clearly so that it registers with the heart) before accepting Christ.
Excerpt from “Fostering the Harvest,” a workshop on evangelism by Biblical Ministries Worldwide. This resource is available at Amaz