Sharing our faith can be daunting at first, but it becomes so much easier once we realise that it’s simply sharing the love that God has already shown us. Whether we realise it or not, we’re on a mission field and (Matt. 28:19) is a reminder that, as Christians, we’re called to share the gospel with those who don’t know the truth wherever they may be. There is no secret formula, but we’ve put together a few quick tips that can help you if you’re not sure where to start.
…this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us…
God regularly gives us opportunities to share the good news, however, don’t limit what He can do through by relying on you — Pray, ask for courage, and believe that the Holy Spirit will give you the words to speak. Jesus tells his disciples not to worry what to say, “for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (Matthew 10:20).
…Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…
When your friend asks you what you believe, don’t hold back! Trust that God has given you the ability to share His life-changing truth. If it’s on a public comment or something, continue the conversation in private by messaging them. Say you’re happy to talk about it with them, then… talk about it!
You can start by saying you believe that God is our creator, but that our choice to sin separated us from Him. Explain that, because of His great love for us, God the Father sent Jesus His only son to take the punishment that we deserved. Talk about how we can be in perfect relationship with God our Father again if we accept Jesus as our saviour, and explain how the Holy Spirit comes to live within us as our personal guide through prayer study and worship.
Remember – not to talk at your friend the whole time. Instead, respect where they are on their own personal journey. They could have a very distorted image of God. It’s good to ask questions to better understand and discern what to share.
Share your story.
Your testimony is far more powerful than you think, so share it with your friend. Why? Because it automatically shows them who Jesus is in a very real and personal way! Sharing how God has changed your life can be super encouraging. Be vulnerable by sharing your own struggles or difficult circumstances you have gone through, and explain how God used those times to bring about good things. Your testimony reflects God’s glory.
…every single person has a unique, inherent worth’… Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in…
Be a good friend.
You can’t expect to gain permission to talk about tougher topics in life unless you’re first willing to develop friendships with those you want to influence for Christ. One thing I will always stand by — Actions speak greater than words. Your friends will remember how you’ve treated them. We should be friends with non-believers, investing in their lives and loving them wherever they’re at. If your friend is going through a really difficult time, be the first to comfort and encourage them and have a willing heart to help in any way needed. Those can be some of the best ways to share Jesus.
This blog was inspired by an article by Richard Hillier, RELEVANT. You can read it here.
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