Many Christians assume they need a seminary degree, or at least hours and hours of training, before they are “qualified” to talk to others about their faith. Not true. While formal evangelism training is always helpful (and highly recommended), it’s not necessary. To point people to Jesus, what you need most is:
Jesus demonstrated a remarkable ability to meet people in their mess and accept them and love them as they were (yet without condoning their lifestyles.) Instead of fixating on their flaws, he saw what they could become (John 1:16).
A good witness (as our legal system daily reminds us) tells “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” When the truth is hard, a good witness speaks it clearly, but always with gentleness and love (John 8:32).
Nothing builds trust like demonstrating obvious concern and care for others. Being smart and articulate is fine, but being kind beats being clever every time (Colossians 3:12).
Nobody likes know-it-alls or people who are full of themselves. The most effective witnesses don’t act superior; they mostly act stunned, shocked to be the recipients of God’s love (Philippians 2:3).
If you’ve ever been bowled over by the fact that Jesus Christ would love you and give his life for you, if you are convinced he alone is the hope of the world, you have what it takes to shine as a witness. You’ll be credible and compelling (2 Corinthians 5:11-21).
Even though the gospel has spread to much of the world– more than two billion people today claim some form of the Christian faith– the mission Jesus gave his followers is far from finished.
Think about your own situation. Unless you live on a desert island or in a remote cabin off the grid, you have people in your life- family members, friends, classmates, neighbors, and coworkers- who are far from God. Spiritually speaking, these people are all over the map: agnostics and Muslims, humanists and Hindus. They have faith in all sorts of things– science, astrology, Buddhism, or simply trying to be decent people. But they don’t believe in Jesus.
When you stop and remember this reality, your heart breaks. You don’t want to bite your tongue. You want those around you to know the joy of a relationship with God, the peace that come from staggering promises like John 3:16. What can you do? Can you learn to share your faith with others in a way that’s constructive rather than destructive, winsome rather than weird? Is that even possible?
Absolutely. You’re reading the right blog!
Discussing your Christian faith with unbelieving friends doesn’t have to feel like walking a tightrope across the Grand Canyon without a safety net. It doesn’t have to result in a nasty argument. You can learn to see the dreaded “E-word” (evangelism) in a new and positive light. More importantly, you can learn to talk about your faith in a way that’s life-giving, not relationship-killing.
That’s the promise for our new book, Sharing Your Faith Made Easy. Maybe we shouldn’t overpromise. Maybe we can’t exactly make sharing your faith easy; however, we can definitely make it a little easier.
By the time we’re done, you’ll…
- Be clearer on what the gospel is.
- Be motivated to pray and look for opportunities to talk about your faith.
- Know some simple, creative ways to start spiritual conversations.
- Have a better feel for what to say (and what not to say).
- Learn how you can tell your own spiritual story very naturally, briefly, in a way that’s not pushy or preachy.
- Understand why it’s so important to not only show the gospel with your life, but to tell it with your lips.
Maybe you’re not yet convinced. Or maybe, it you’re honest, you’ve got so much going on in your life right now that you don’t spend much time thinking about the spiritual needs of others. If that’s you, start with a prayer. Ask God for help.
Above is an excerpt from Sharing Your Faith Made Easy (pages 10-13). Continue reading to learn more.
Get valuable insights on how to give your testimony, different ways to explain salvation, what expectations we should have when sharing our faith, and what to do when evangelism is difficult.
You know it’s right to share your faith, but how do you do it when it seems challenging or doesn’t feel natural to you?
Sharing Your Faith Made Easy is another new addition to the beloved Made Easy series. You don’t have to be a pastor or a missionary to share your faith. In fact, God has commissioned every one of us to share the good news of salvation in Jesus. But sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start–or how to overcome those fears that stop you before you’ve even begun. Sharing Your Faith Made Easy shows you how to present the gospel in a simple yet effective way to help you fulfill the Great Commission.
This book will give you valuable insights on how to give your testimony, different ways to explain salvation, what expectations we should have when sharing our faith, and what to do when evangelism is difficult.
- Practical and Relatable. This real and honest quick-read handbook provides simple, practical steps to help you easily share your faith and explain salvation.
- Easy-to-Understand. Evangelism isn’t just for preachers or missionaries! This handbook will clearly explain evangelism in ways that make it approachable even for new believers.
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- Well-Researched. Enjoy having easy-to-read overviews to help you uncover important truths about evangelism.
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