“Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:14-15
One of the most intimidating things to do for most Christians is to personally share their faith in Christ with someone they have just met or don’t know all that well. One thing that I have observed over the years is that starting a spiritual conversation was much more uncomfortable for me than it was for those on the other end. Many times, we scare ourselves when it comes to sharing our faith because we’re worried what others will think. But more often than not, we’re harder on ourselves than the person with whom we’re speaking. So instead of making yourself nervous, remember it’s just a conversation. When you think that way, you can have the courage to share your faith with anyone!
There are a couple tips you can follow when sharing your faith with others.
- The Power of Your Story – The most valuable way for you to share the best thing that’s ever happened to you is by telling your own story, your testimony, in a firsthand account. Share candidly and personally with your friend or family member how your life has changed since you gave your life to Christ.
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God” 2 Timothy 1:8
When you share your story, open your life to them in a non-threatening way. Explain who Jesus Christ is and the personal difference He has made in your life. When you give evidence of how the power of God has transformed your life, you illustrate one instance of the miracle of salvation. Even if your testimony isn’t filled with fireworks and tragedy, it’s a miracle. People are looking for evidence that God exists and that He is personally involved in individual lives. Your story proves that God wants to know you . . . and them. More than a formula or technique, evangelism is a way of living—being available to God in the opportunities He gives you.
- Ask the Right Questions – How can I share Christ with a stranger? When
Jesus shared the good news, He met people on their turf—tax collectors, adulterers, well-educated leaders, little children, physically impaired men and women, and common laborers. He often began His conversations by asking questions, and then He listened carefully to the answers given. (Read John 4.)Philip used the same model in Acts 8 when he chanced upon the Ethiopian official reading from the Old Testament. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” You can follow this model today by learning to ask the right questions, by listening, and by responding to the needs before you.
When you find yourself with an open door of opportunity, try one of these questions to get the conversation started:
1. What is it that you believe the world needs more than anything else?
2. Do you ever wish you could make a fresh start in life?
3. What really will make people successful in the twenty-first century?
4. So, what do you think people mean when they say they know God?
“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” – 2 Timothy 4:2
SHARE YOUR FAITH COURAGEOUSLY BY HAVING SIMPLE CONVERSATIONS AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THINK!