This is part 9 of 10 in the Basic Practices for Growing Christians series.
Telling others about Jesus is an important element of the Christian life. Jesus has saved us from darkness into light. He gave his all for us. If we truly believe, it will be hard to keep this to ourselves. While most of us encounter some fear in talking about Jesus with non-Christians, we have great reasons to be confident.
Most people feel anxious about sharing their faith. In part, this fear comes from not feeling prepared. But you don’t have to be a theologian to share what Jesus has done in your life. Sharing your faith is just being excited about your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is simply a matter of telling what you have seen and heard. There are only a few basic questions that most people bring up. If you master a few answers, you will be ready.
1 Peter 3:15-16 If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this is a gentle and respectful way.
We don’t shove this down people’s throat. But when it comes up, don’t be shy about talking about your experience. Then equip yourself to give an answer to those basic questions.
There is also a supernatural element of fear. When we get into the practice of sharing our faith, Satan doesn’t like that. We may feel him coming against us. But we have reasons to be confident as we tell others about Jesus.
How to Be Confident
Confidence comes from being prepared. But we also have supernatural reasons for confidence in sharing our faith.
The power of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…
The Holy Spirit gives us words we would not have come up with ourselves. The Spirit takes our words and brings them home to the hearer. He can even use foolish things we say to convict people of the truth.
The authority of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…”
We don’t go out to tell others with our own authority, but with the authority of Jesus. We can speak with confidence because these are his words, not ours.
2 Corinthians 5:20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
As ambassadors of Christ, we have his delegated authority to speak for him.
Why Share Your Faith?
Jesus commanded us to be his witnesses. But hopefully we are all motivated not just by obedience, but by love. Our whole goal in life is to love God and to love others.
Matthew 7:12 Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
If you were far from God, what would be more loving than to share the good news of Jesus?
How to Share Your Faith
- Pray that God will fill you with confidence and with love. We all have a circle of influence with friends, family, workmates. Pray for them.
- Prepare yourself for the basic questions people are likely to ask.
- Live a life that is winsome and appealing. Hopefully people will notice something different and ask about it.
- Be intentional about relationships with people who are far from God.
- Care about people. Look for opportunities to bless others and to show mercy. Engage in acts of practical compassion toward others.
- Take hold of the opportunities when they come.
The enemy will work hard to get you to not talk about Jesus. But there are so many aspects of the Christian life that will grow when you are engaged in sharing your faith. Watch for opportunities God will give you soon to invite others to know Christ.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Who initially told you about Jesus? How did they do it?
- What fears do you have about sharing your faith with others?
- Read 1 Peter 3:15-16. How does preparation help to minimize fear? How can you prepare yourself to be ready to give an answer?
- Why is our attitude toward others so important in sharing our faith?
- Read Acts 1:8. What does it mean to be a witness of Jesus? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our witness?
- Read Matthew 28:18-20. What does it mean to make a disciple? How does Jesus’ authority provide confidence for doing that?
- Explain how sharing your faith is an act of love for others.
- What is the role of prayer in telling others about Jesus?
- What is the relationship between how you live and treat people and verbally sharing your faith?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.