5 Helpful Tips to Effectively Share Your Faith
The New Testament provides guidance for Christians on how to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Book of Acts, in particular, provides a great example of how the church should spread His Good News.
Let us look at some of the tips we can glean from Acts about sharing His Good News.
1. Understand the Context
In Samaria, he engages in public proclamation (see verse 5: “he announced to them Christ” and verse 12: “he preached the good news about the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ’s name.”), while with the eunuch, he takes a more conversational approach (see Acts 8:31: he first hopped into the chariot. Only later did he inform him about Jesus in Acts 8:35).
Philip’s message is the same in all cases: he preaches the Gospel.
In Samaria, he speaks of the “good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Christ.” While these words and actions show that Philip was presenting the Gospel to the Samaritans from a particular perspective, they also demonstrate that he was sharing the Good News from a unique angle suited to their needs. Here were people enchanted by magic, tricked by the occult, and enslaved by spiritual bonds. They needed assistance. They were in dire need of an encounter with the resurrected Jesus. They needed to see a victory of God’s kingdom over the reign of evil.
However, when Philip talks to the eunuch, he doesn’t mention the kingdom. Instead, he reads from Isaiah 53, a chapter that he uses to lead the eunuch directly to Jesus’ feet. While sticking faithfully to the truth of the Bible, presenting it in a way that your particular listener will understand is biblically permitted and effective.
2. Make Use of Scripture
When Philip preached to the Ethiopian eunuch from Isaiah 53 in Acts 8:32-35, he used Scripture to support his message of the Gospel. Similarly, when Paul evangelized in Athens in Acts 17:2-4, he argued from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
Preaching from the Bible has been the driving force behind some of the most successful evangelical movements in history. For example, Calvin’s teaching in Geneva or Whitefield and Wesley’s preaching during the First Great Awakening. Remember, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). The power of God’s word is immense.
3. Make Jesus the Focus
When we share our faith, our goal should be to introduce others to Jesus Christ (Acts 2:36), not to convert them to our denomination or convince them of the validity of our theological system. We’re not trying to get them to agree with our political views. Instead, we’re trying to get them to meet someone.
4. Make Sure You’re Asking the Right Questions
When Philip met the eunuch, he learned that excellent questions are essential (Acts 8:30). Jesus often approached people in the same way, responding to their questions with new questions of His own. Good questions spark people’s interests, elicit thoughtful responses, and allow them to express their opinions.
5. Good Deeds Are a Must
Philip preached the Gospel in Samaria and performed miracles, such as driving out demons and healing the sick (Acts 8:6). Some people might be afraid of the supernatural element of the miracles, but it’s important to remember that Philip’s ministry included both words and deeds.
He not only performed miracles but also shared the Gospel and did charitable deeds. He was able to help the sick since he was aware of their bodily pain. Unbelievers are more likely to hear the Gospel if they see us striving to relieve physical suffering while also seeing the spiritual change that occurs when individuals are freed from spiritual oppression.
The book of Acts is a guide for us on how to spread the news of Jesus Christ. We should be knowledgeable in Scripture and clearly understand our cultural surroundings. Our message should always revolve around Jesus Christ. We must live and speak to others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the forefront.
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