How to Share the Gospel Without Being Intimidated
Many people find the idea of talking with strangers scary. We don’t know how they’re going to respond, or whether or not they will like us starting a conversation with them.
Sharing your faith can be even more scary, even if the people we are sharing with are close friends.
Faith is such a personal part of us that many people may feel that we are judging them the moment we start talking about God. But remember that God has given each of us the grace to be able to witness to others. Whether you’re sharing with your friend or a stranger, try to remember not to be intimidated by the person you’re talking to.
Below are some ideas on how to share your faith in Jesus with those who don’t yet know him.
Be Brave, but Be Smart
Whether you’re talking with a friend or a stranger, it can be difficult to bring up the topic of religion or Christianity.
It’s important to remember that God has given us the courage and the opportunity to share the gospel with others.
Discussing your faith can be scary, but doing so is also very rewarding.
Make sure you’re not alone when you approach them. You can always gather a group of friends to accompany you or go with you to a church group or ministry event. It’s also important to be wise when approaching a person. Jesus tells us to be as innocent as doves, but as crafty as snakes (Matthew 10:16). This means there is nothing wrong with using tact in how you present the gospel, as well as protect yourself when speaking with a stranger.
Be an Example
Our lives are often the best example for someone who is being presented with the Gospel.
Many people are more interested in what the gospel has done for you personally than the technicalities around the Gospel. Using your life as an example of how powerful the gospel is to bring us joy and peace can give others a personal reference and starting point (2 Corinthians 1:4). Hopefully, speaking about yourself can lead them to ask questions of themselves.
Pay Attention to Their Objections
When you first share the Gospel with someone, it’s essential to listen to how they respond. The Bible says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them to do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
When first presented with the Gospel, our personal hurts, doubts, and frustrations can block our willingness to accept the Good news. If your friend objects, it could be that hurt or doubt that is fueling their objection. Listen respectfully. Once you’ve listened to their concerns, calmly and kindly explain why you believe what you believe and how it makes sense to you. If you’re unable to answer their questions, pray and ask God to help you understand what you can say in response.
Make it Personal
When you’re witnessing to a friend, you need to make sure you’re answering their questions and concerns well.
Again, talking about God in your own life is a great way to answer their questions. Just saying that God loves you or that Jesus died for our sins may not make sense to them. You need to be able to relate with them and show them how they can have a personal relationship with God. Your personal testimony can be that connection for them. As one preacher said, “You cannot argue with a testimony, because it belongs to the person telling it, not you.” The hope is that your listener will see their own need for Christ reflected in your life.
Know Your Bible
You can’t share the gospel if you don’t know what it says. The best way to know what it says is by reading it every day. Don’t just read the parts that are fun or that make you feel good. Read the entire Bible. You’ll learn important historical facts, moral guidelines and everything else that God wants you to know. Armed with more knowledge, you’ll be more effective when sharing your faith (2 Timothy 3:17)
In the end, sharing your faith is all about being sensitive to the other person you’re speaking with. God reflected in your personal story, linked with biblical insights, can powerfully stir up the heart of another person. It’s important to remember that the gospel is the power of God and can change anyone.
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