The Plan of Salvation. The steps to salvation. The Roman Road. Personal testimony. Are these familiar to you? As people who are already Christians, we memorize these in an attempt to learn to share the gospel with our friends. All churches seem to have one version or another they stick to. When I was a kid, I even had a bracelet with different colored beads to help me remember. While none of these things are wrong, I recently read a book that challenged me to believe that many of these methods of evangelism don't go far enough in letting people know what being a Christian is all about.
In his book The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur explores the way that Jesus evangelized and compares it to modern church evangelism. While I must say that there is a whole host of things I disagree with the author about in this book (he is a staunch Calvinist), he made a strong argument that our simple plans of salvation don't come to the heart of conversion as Jesus taught it: someone who becomes a Christian must acknowledge through their actions the lordship of Christ.