SOME ADVICE ON SHARING YOUR FAITH
There are three main reasons why Christians don’t share their faith: (1) fear, (2) ignorance, and (3) rejection. Christians are afraid to speak up because they don’t want to be embarrassed by not having the right answers or being rejected by a friend or family member. Yet, it boils down to this: Most Christians believe that sharing their faith is a risk they are unwilling to take.
Sound anything like you?
If so, please don’t let your excuses prevent you from not sharing your faith. God has placed you in many lives at your work, school, neighborhood, and in your family that needs to hear and sees the gospel of Jesus Christ.
However, as long as you don’t take the risk to share your faith, you never will! Can you imagine how many lost opportunities you have turned down? Or how many souls you neglected to reach with the gospel?
Jesus gave the mandate to “Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). This takes obedience and an active pursuit to reach people with the truth of the gospel. But, as mentioned above, you have to overcome your fears and assumptions, and trust in the Holy Spirit to empower you (Ac. 1:8). Jesus offers these encouraging words, “Do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (Lk. 12:11-12). Isn’t that comforting to know?
The point is you don’t have to know all the answers to share your faith. But you do have to make sure your conversation is in love and communicate with great humility (2 Cor. 2:1-5). Paul writes, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Col. 4:5-6).
Furthermore, it’s not for you to decide when and with whom you share your faith. Nor is it right for you to assume how you think that person will respond. This is up to God, not you. All you need to do is have faith in Him and trust that He will provide a perfect opportunity to share Christ with someone.
When you do get the chance to share Christ with someone and they reject the gospel, it’s not your problem to worry about it or try and fix it. Their issue is not with you, but with Jesus (Jn. 15:18). Jesus said, “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Lk. 10:16). In the end, it’s not about your reputation or the relationship you seek to keep. Trust in the Lord and take risks that will reap eternal rewards in heaven.
Tips to Sharing Your Faith
- Pray for opportunities to share your faith.
- Be open and ready to share your faith.
- Spark up conversations.
- Ask a lot of questions.
- Remain attentive.
- Navigate conversation into spiritual matters.
- Share your testimony.
- Quote the Bible (Romans Road: Rom. 1:16; 2:14-15; 3:23-24; 6:23; 7:24-25; 8:1; 10:9-10; 13:14).
- Offer an invitation to receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
- Lead them in a salvation prayer.
- Help plug them into a church.
- Follow-up discipleship.
It’s easy to fall back and not engage the world for Christ. Sharing your faith isn’t ever easy, but it is certainly the most rewarding thing you can do while on earth. Your decision to share or not share the gospel has eternal consequences! The Bible says, “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God” (1 Pet. 4:16-17)?
So, what’s it going to be? Are you willing to trust the Holy Spirit to empower you to share the gospel?
Bible References: Matt. 28:19-20; Ac. 1:8; Col. 4:5-6; 1 Pet. 3:15; Jude 3
The Complete Evangelism Guidebook: Expert Advice On Reaching Others For Christ (Editor: Scott Dawson)
Conversational Evangelism (David Geisler and Norman Geisler)
Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith (Greg Stier)