How To Allow The Holy Spirit Convict A Sinner | Lesson 3 | School of Evangelism

In the church today, you hardly see the kind of repentance where people are running to the altar in tears. The modern gospel makes people so hard-hearted that they cannot weep for their sins. Many pastors even ask their church members to close their eyes when doing altar call so that the sinners will not be ashamed to indicate that they want to be saved. What a petty shameful thing to do! The modern “God has a wonderful plan for your life” gospel does not allow sinners to experience deep conviction. It does not produce the godly sorrow that leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). No wonder many Christians are spiritually crippled and bound in the painful shackles of sin.

In 2 Samuel 11, King David decided one time that he just needed a stay-cation. No going out to battle with other kings. He just wanted to lie in the sun at his rooftop lounge all day. One day, he spotted a woman, Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, bathing on the roof of her house. He called for her and slept with her. She got pregnant. David devised a plan and sent for Uriah from battle. He wanted him to spend the night with her and sleep with her, but Uriah refused because of his deep devotion and love for God. David then sent a letter to Joab the army chief to put Uriah in the hottest part of the battle to die. Uriah died. David married Bathsheba. David was fine.

If David, the person God called a man after His heart (1 Samuel 13:14), died in his sin, he would have gone straight to hell. This is the same way many people that believe in Jesus Christ are going straight to hell because of their sins.

God told Nathan what David did and told him to confront him. Nathan did not go there saying, “Oh King David, God has a wonderful plan for your life. God loves you and He wants to use you.” In 2 Samuel chapter 12, Nathan approached the issue from the natural by using a story about sheep. He then went straight to the point saying, “Thou art the man.” He looked the King in the eye, risking his life then told him his sins and the corresponding punishment.

Thou Art The Man

You must be bold enough to tell a sinner that he is the man (or woman) that has committed sin. That he is the man God’s wrath is coming upon. That he is going to stand alone before God on Judgement day. It is this kind of message that will make a sinner whose heart is ripe to say like David in chapter 12 verse 13, “I have sinned against the Lord”. It is this genuine acknowledgment that can make God put away a sinner’s sins so that he shall not die eternally (12:13b). After he has realized that he is the man that has sinned greatly, you can now tell him that he is the man Jesus came to the earth and died to provide a pardon for.

Until the consciences of Adam and Eve were activated, they did not know they were naked. You allow the Holy Spirit to convict a sinner by being honest with them about what they have done and then showing them the punishment and way of escape which is faith in Jesus Christ.


  1. Read 2 Samuel 11 and 12 and write your thoughts on Nathan’s/God’s method of evangelism.
  2. Based on what you have learnt, how is your evangelism style going to change henceforth?

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