Sharing Your Faith 101
In Luke 15, Jesus strings together three parables about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. In each parable something valuable was lost and when it was found people rejoiced. One of the greatest joys on this earth, next to being a Christian, is when we lead someone to Christ. In these parables we also learn that when someone comes to trust in Jesus there is great rejoicing in Heaven; this is God’s Heart and this should be our heart as well.
Think of it! When we share our faith with others, you and I can be God’s instruments in the salvation others. Just take a minute or two to think of what you are offering someone when you share your faith with them:
- Salvation from eternal separation from God
- Complete forgiveness and the answer to all guilt
- A Companion who will never leave or forsake them
- A Father who will take care of them forever
- A God who will give them purpose, and resources and abilities to carry out the purpose He gives
- A never-ending source of love and acceptance
- Someone who will met all their needs
- They can have joy and peace
- And a lot of other good things
Here are four things that you need to practice that will make it easier and more effective when sharing your faith.
“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
When the Bible talks about us sharing our faith with others it often uses the word “witness”. A witness is someone who is able to testify to what he or she has seen and experienced personally. If you were a witness in a court of law, you would be asked to describe what you saw, what you experienced. A witness is not one with all the answers to all the questions, but those that we know, have seen, and experienced. When you met Christ and He rescued you, your life began to change. Your story of what things were like with you before, what happened to you when you found Christ, and what has been different since then will often interest people. They won’t argue with your story. You are the expert on your own life. Share it with others. Sharing your faith can sound like a scary thing to do, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the best ways you can do that is by telling them your story. When you share how God has changed your life, it lets people see that you were once in their shoes, but have now been changed by the power of Christ. A changed life is the best evidence of what Jesus can do.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8)
You can’t open someone’s heart to the truth of the Gospel—but God can, by His Spirit. To be an effective witness we need the power of God. The witness power comes from the Holy Spirit. When the Lord Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to every creature, He also promised them the power of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter and the other disciples shared their faith I the power of the Holy Spirit and approximately 3,000 souls were saved. Today, EVERY believer has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of sin; it is the Holy Spirit who shows people their need of a Savior; and it is the Holy Spirit who reveals Christ to them. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you can ve an effective soul winner. Share your faith and leave the results to the Holy Spirit.
- Right Message
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1,34)
The message is the gospel. The word “gospel” means “good news” and the good news is that Christ died for our sins and rose again to be our living Savior. There are four basic truths in the gospel message:
- The fact of sin
- The penalty of sin
- Christ paid the penalty
- We must receive Christ
Get these four facts firmly fixed in your mind, and Bible verses that speak on each of the four because you will use them in sharing your faith. In leading someone to Christ, when you share your faith you simply explain the four basic truths of the gospel. Rather than recite an elaborate presentation, simply open your Bible to these verses and let God’s Word speak for itself. Invite your friend to read a verse aloud and then have him explain the verse to you. If your friend interprets a passage incorrectly, don’t argue or offer your interpretation, but politely ask him to read it again, and then explain it a second time offering insight if necessary.
- Right Attitude
“ …I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words…” (1 Corinthians 2:34)
The right attitude for sharing your faith is the spirit of humility. One of the greatest hindrances to communicating the gospel is personal pride. Unbelievers will seldom be offended by you if you humbly share what Christ has done in your life. Being honest, including admission of your past failures and problems, is not a hindrance to witnessing, but it is an asset. But, when you simply imply through pride you’re better than them, you immediately establish a barrier to the gospel. When you share your faith, you just need to be real.