Sharing Your Faith
When it comes to sharing your faith in the Lord Jesus, God's word is clear.
2nd Corinthians 5:18-20: “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.”
As believers, sharing our faith in Christ is our duty, our job, our privilege. The Father sent the Son and He wants us who believe in Him to declare the Son. Notice what it doesn't say. Nowhere in scripture does it say we are to "win" people for Christ, or "lead" people to Christ, or "get" people saved. We are simply to be faithful in our role as ambassadors and declare Jesus Christ. So when you think of witnessing to those around you, understand that you can't fail. As long as you do it, no matter how it's received, you've still been obedient. You succeeded.
For many Christians, the prospect of sharing their faith makes them nervous. But we still need to be obedient. Here are a few things that might help:
● Remember, your testimony of how you came to Christ is the most powerful tool you have. Even the Apostle Paul simply shared his personal testimony. This is as easy as sharing about any other event that has happened in your life.
● Meditate on what God's word says about the gospel. The better you understand it, the easier it will be to share it, and the more desire you'll have to do so. Here's the gospel in a nutshell:
- We have rebelled against God and chosen to go our own way.
- God is just and always punishes rebellion.
- The punishment for our rebellion is eternity in the lake of fire.
- But God also loves us and so He made a way to restore our relationship.
- He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay for every one of our rebellious acts.
- Jesus did that when He hung upon the cross and suffered the Father's wrath.
- Jesus rose from the grave showing that this payment was complete and accepted
- Forgiveness in Christ is a gift and like any gift must be accepted to be received.
- You must end your rebellion, repent of it, and turn to Christ and accept Him.
- God made a way, there is no other way than through Christ to be saved.
That seems like a lot, and it still only brushes the surface. The gospel is amazingly simply, and yet incredible in the depths of its richness. Dive into God's word and learn more!
● Establish relationships. The word is likened to a seed. Do yourself a favor and spend a little time preparing the soil before you plant the seed. Get to know people. Befriend them. If you want to share the gospel with somebody and you've never had a deep conversation with them it's going to seem uncomfortable. Get used to talking with them about serious things....the gospel is a very serious thing.
● Read a good book on the subject. A book we've gone through in our adult Sunday School class and highly recommend is "Share Jesus Without Fear" by William Fay. It is easy to read, explains the gospel clearly, and shows a method of witnessing that is courteous and takes all the pressure off the one witnessing. This is a very good book on the subject. And the end of it, there is a little cheat sheet to help you through the processes. You can purchase the book here or download a copy of the cheat sheet that we made here.
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