It’s difficult to share your faith when you don’t feel prepared. Prayer and Scripture reading are valuable practices for fearlessly sharing the Gospel.
But if you feel like you should be better prepared to tell others about Jesus, the team at Jesus Film Project put together these four ways to equip yourself to evangelize.
1. Become a good listener
We often assume that preparing to share is about lining up the right arguments. But you might read several good evangelism and apologetics books and not be any better prepared to talk to others about Jesus.
Why? Because a lot of the time, the arguments we prepare for aren’t aligned with the questions people have.
You feel the most prepared to share your faith when you can respond to someone’s objections and inquiries. It doesn’t do a lot of good to wade into a conversation with answers to questions that aren’t being asked.
So it’s incredibly helpful to understand what kinds of concerns and needs are shared by people around you. And the best way to do that is to listen.
What do the people around you care about? What are they worried about? What do they think of Christians? Jesus’s message is always relevant, but when you understand people’s concerns, it prepares you to share the Gospel in a way that feels relevant to them.
When you develop a good understanding of people’s concerns, it’s a lot easier to find helpful resources.
2. Practice sharing your story
If you’ve been part of the church for any length of time, you’re familiar with the idea of a testimony. Your testimony tells the story of your personal experience with Jesus. It might include how you came to know Jesus or ways that knowing Him has impacted your life.
When Peter encourages Christians to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15), he’s encouraging them to share their personal story. He wants them to be able to explain to others why they have put their hope in Jesus.
The good news is that you don’t have to have a dramatic conversion story to share why your hope is in Christ. You just need to be able to clearly communicate how Jesus answers the desires of your heart.
If you want to do this well, you should have a good idea of how you’ll present it. What should you say and what should you omit?
But remember, just sharing your story is not the Gospel message. Christ’s work on the cross is the Gospel (See #3 below). Your testimony is only a means of getting around to sharing the actual message of Jesus.
In the meantime, prepare your personal experience of coming to Christ. Practice that testimony with your friends. Ask for their input.
Write it out and edit it down to a powerful couple of minutes. It may seem crazy, but the more you prepare, the more natural and compelling your story will be. Here is a great resource for preparing your testimony.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for opportunities to share your faith with others.
- Ask the Lord to help you recognize those opportunities.