Humans have a tendency to self-classify based on certain identifiers and to group together with others who are alike. For example, we might define ourselves or others based on ethnicity or interests or political affiliations or countries of origin or lifestyles or the like. In discussions of sharing the gospel, we sometimes wonder if there is a particular way that the gospel is best shared with a person of any of these particular groups.
It is true that there are commonalities among those with similar cultural backgrounds or other types of group identifiers. And itвЂ™s true that certain aspects of the gospel message may resonate more deeply with one group over another—and certain groups may have a particular resistance to receiving the gospel—but the gospel message is universal. Every human being is made in GodвЂ™s image (Genesis 1:27). Every human being is born in sin and separated from God (Romans 3:23; 6:23). The way of forgiveness and eternal life is only through Jesus—this is true for every human being (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). We need not think of one another in terms of a group classification. Our duty in life is to fulfill the Great Commission. Christians are called to share the gospel, the good news of Jesus, with everyone (Luke 24:47).
First Peter 3:15–16 tells us, вЂњIn your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.вЂќ Our lives should be a reflection of the reality of the gospel. We live in submission to Christ as Lord. In part, this means that we treat others with gentleness and respect, no matter what group they identify with. Sharing the gospel is an act of compassion. Sharing the gospel is not about finding areas of dissimilarity. ItвЂ™s about sharing a universal message to meet a universal need.
The question of sharing the gospel with a ______ often becomes complicated when it comes to people engaged in a particularly obvious sin that seems to be part of their lifestyle—or even their identity. For example, when witnessing to homosexuals or to heterosexual couples living together out of wedlock, we are prone to condemn the sin and try to modify the personвЂ™s behavior before sharing about Jesus. While we need to recognize sin for what it is, we must also remember that the Holy Spirit is the One who convicts (John 16:8). We usually donвЂ™t need to catalog a personвЂ™s sins, or even single one out, to share the fact that Christ died for sinners. Trying to вЂњclean up oneвЂ™s actвЂќ or stop a specific sin will not grant anyone eternal life. Homosexuals and fornicators are not saved by stopping their sexual sin but by receiving Christ by faith; the sin will stop after they are transformed and made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Another time the question of sharing the gospel with a ______ can become complicated is when we interact with someone of a different religion. We might gravitate toward apologetics and begin pointing out everything that is incorrect in the false religion, but that is usually counterproductive. Apologetics is useful, as is knowledge about the personвЂ™s beliefs and how they differ from what the Bible says, but the best way to illumine the darkness is simply to turn on the light. Point the person to Christ. Once people see who Jesus is and what HeвЂ™s done, they will be able to see everything about their religion that is wrong.
Jesus was вЂњfull of grace and truthвЂќ (John 1:14), and so should His followers be. We do not share the gospel from an attitude of spiritual pride or a position of superiority. We confront sin when needed. We counter beliefs that are incompatible with the Bible. However, in our sharing of truth, we are careful of the manner in which we share it: вЂњOpponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his willвЂќ (2 Timothy 2:25–26).
If we were to mistreat or disparage those who are different from us, then we would limit our own opportunities to share the gospel with them. Why would people ever want to repent and believe in Jesus Christ, if followers of Jesus act in a rude, dismissive manner? We are called to be ambassadors of Christ, no matter to whom we are speaking (2 Corinthians 5:16–21). If we are loving, kind, and express concern for all humanity, then we are true reflections of Jesus Christ. Salvation is open to all who will believe: вЂњGod did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through himвЂќ (John 3:17).
When sharing the gospel with a ______, we should show our genuine compassion and concern for him or her as a person, regardless of the group he or she identifies with. We care about whatвЂ™s going on in his or her life; we are truly concerned for the troubles he or she is facing. In the context of relationship, we can teach him or her of the need for a Savior while pointing to Scripture and explaining how all humanity is lost and in need of Jesus Christ.
In sharing the gospel, it is good to remember that the good news is the вЂњpower of God that brings salvation to everyone who believesвЂќ (Romans 1:16). It is the message that truly changes lives.
Sharing your faith is one of your most important callings as a follower of Jesus. These resources will help develop your skills, desire and ability to join others on their spiritual journeys and take them closer to Jesus.
What Is the Gospel?
Have you ever wondered what the gospel is? The word “gospel” means news. It is the news about who Jesus Christ is, what He has done, and how that changes everything for all of us. Learn what is so good about the news of the gospel in this in-depth explanation.
More than anything, everyone needs to experience God’s love and grace. Not only that, but God has commanded His followers to always be ready to give a reason for the hope they have (1 Peter 3:15) and to go make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
There are people near, like your neighbors, acquaintances, friends and family, and people far, like those from different cultures than you and those in other countries, whom God has called you to share Jesus with.
You can join people on their spiritual journeys by being an Explorer (discovering where they are spiritually), a Guide (showing the way to Jesus), a Builder (helping people get past obstacles) or a Mentor (walking with them as they grow in their faith).
Where to Start?
Start from right where you are. You don’t have to have all the answers, and it’s not your job to change anyone’s mind. Love people and share the hope you have in Jesus with gentleness and respect. Need some help? Take your next step using the resources below.
Preparing Your Personal Testimony
Your story is His story. When you share how God rescued you from sin and death through Jesus, it gives others an opportunity to know God and what He can do. Learn how to prepare and share your story.
Posted by Carolina | Apr 10, 2019 | Faith | 40
Have you ever felt uneasy to share your faith? Not because you are ashamed but because you are not sure what to say?
Trust me, you are not the only one. For us it’s easy to talk to our friends, and family, and other Christians about The Lord.
Now, when it comes to talking to strangers sometimes it’s hard to find what to say, when there is so much to say.
That’s why I have put together this little guide on How to Share the Gospel in 5 easy steps.
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Why is it important to share the gospel?
Out of all the things we can learn in this world, sharing the gospel is the #1 thing we need to learn the most because there is so much at stake.
Every time we share the gospel with a person, we are giving them the option to live and not to die. We are giving them the option to know Jesus and to know the love that God has for them.
Also, we are giving people a chance to have a new life, be forgiven and get a second chance.
Even thought they might not know it, the gift of salvation is what they need the most.
It is our responsibility to share the gospel, the too good to be true news with the lost.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.
Here Jesus didn’t say “If you want”, He said “Go”. It was a command and not a suggestion. Which also means that we are all capable of doing this. We don’t have to be pastors, or worship leaders, or deacons, we all need to “go”.
There are people in this world waiting to hear from you. They are waiting for you to step out in faith and share with them the love of God.
The gospel is simple, it’s not complicated, it’s the love story of a loving Father.
5 Easy Steps to Share The Gospel with Others
- God: Our story begins with a loving Father that created everything we see. Even you and me. He created us to have a relationship with Him, and to live forever with Him. He is a holy Father that sees all things, even what is in our hearts. (Genesis 1:27)
- Sin: When sin came into the world it created a gap that separated us from God. No longer we were able to come in the presence of our Father. Because God can see everything, He can see the sin in our lives and the Bible tells us that the price for sin is death. (Romans 6:23) So, we were separated from our Father and destined to die.
- Jesus: But God’s love for us was so much that He could not let us die. He gave up His most beloved treasure, Jesus to die for us instead. Jesus, The Son of God, became a man so that He can suffer and die and pay the price that we were supposed to pay. After 3 days, He rose from the dead, defeated sin and death and is now sitting right next to The Father. Jesus is the bridge that we need to cross to go to our Father. (Romans 5:8)
- The Gift: The blood of Jesus that was spilled on the cross is the one that washes away our sins. That is a gift to us. That gift makes us clean, makes us righteous, forgiven and allows us to be able to have a close relationship with our Father and access everything that He has for us. This is the gift of salvation. It is up to us if we accept this gift or not. (Ephesians 2:8)
- Believe: Nobody is forced to accept this gift. If you want it, you need to ask for it; you need to speak it with your mouth and you got to believe it in your heart. Once you do that, you will be saved and a new you will be born inside of you. The Spirit of God will come live on the inside of you and will help you with everything you need. Never again you will be alone, Jesus will be with you wherever you go. (Romans 10:9-10)
Prayer of Salvation
Always be ready to lead people in the prayer of salvation. That is the best decision they are going to do and you have the privilege to show them how to do it. This is an honor, don’t take it for granted.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
“Father, I recognized that I am a sinner and I need a savior. I believe Jesus is your son, I believe He died for me and rose again. Jesus I open my heart to you and I accept you as my Lord and savior. I want to follow you and love you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to be more like you. In Jesus’ Name I pray” Amen.
Helpful Tips for sharing the gospel
- Our testimony speaks louder than our words. Be a good example.
- Pray for those that you will share the gospel with.
- Be led by The Spirit and pay attention to God’s voice. The stronger your relationship with God is, the easier it is to hear His voice.
- Walk in love, you are a reflection of God’s love to the world.
- Keep it simple and easy for people to understand.
- Don’t be pushy, you are just sowing a seed. It is The Holy Spirit’s job to grow that seed.
- If the person accepts Jesus as His love and savior try to connect him or her to a local church. Remember, he/she is just a newborn Christian and will need help in order to grow.
- Don’t get into arguments. Sometimes people’s hearts are hardened and they won’t receive the good news of the gospel.
- Feel free to share your testimony if time permits it.
- Do not forget to tell that person how much God loves him/her. Make sure he/she understands that God’s love is unconditional.
Finally, let me tell you that we are called to be a light in the darkness. We are called to shine the light of Jesus and to bring that light into people’s darkness.
God will equip you to do the work that He has called to do. You can do this!
Remember that there are people out there that need you to tell them that they are loved. The world needs Jesus.
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By Matt Henslee
There’s a cliché in ministry circles that says, “What you save them with, you save them to.”
While that might be an oversimplification, and God has certainly used the means of wild game banquets and Nerf wars to draw many to Himself, the gospel we share in disciple-making is critically important.
Sure, some have undoubtedly led many to the Lord with one verse like, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
However, as Bill Hull says:
“… by reducing the complete gospel story of God’s work from Genesis to Revelation to a packaged three or four points with a prayer, we have diminished our understanding of salvation and what it means to be a follower of Christ. This shift from gospel culture to salvation culture has weakened the church, diminished the lives of Christians, and made disciple-making difficult.”
Laying a good foundation
Therefore, if our aim is moving from the initial salvation to ongoing discipleship, the gospel we share should lay the foundation for the new believer’s discipleship.
Consider this: The gospel is the good news that Jesus left the glories of heaven to be born of a virgin, live a perfect life, and die a sacrificial death on our behalf.
He was buried, rose again three days later, and ascended to the glories of heaven until He returns.
He offers salvation to all who will repent and believe on Him, whereby God forgives the sinner through Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross, and, in exchange, His perfect life is credited to their account, justifying them before God.
Upon salvation by grace through faith, the sinner is completely justified and will begin a life of sanctification by the persevering grace of God until they breathe their last and become glorified in heaven.
That message is Good News because all have sinned and are deserving of death, utterly incapable of doing anything to save themselves.
That is because God:
“who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do” (Ephesians 2:4-10).
Why a good foundation matters
I was raised in Texas and lived there for many years, long enough to see the effects a lousy foundation could have on a home. When it comes to disciple-making, a good foundation is equally as important.
For example, taking the model above, there are certain things a Christian must believe, such as the condescension of Christ (Philippians 2:5-8), the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14), the sinless Savior (1 Peter 2:22), the perfect sacrifice (Romans 5:8), the victorious resurrection (John 19:40-42; Mark 16:4-7), and His ascension (Mark 16:10; Revelation 1:7).
There also needs to be a way to call the lost person to salvation (Romans 10:9), and what that provides them (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 5:9).
Further, knowing they’re justified (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:1) provides assurance, and the work of sanctification (1 Thessalonians 5:23) leads the new believer into a life of discipleship with the promise of glorification (Philippians 3:20-21) in mind.
Finally, as we aim to save them to something, they need to understand from what they are saved (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3), and how God made that happen (Ephesians 2:4-10).
Setting a new believer up for success
Yes, God can use a simple testimony or verse to save someone, but the gospel we share can also help guide a new believer towards a life of discipleship.
Therefore, let’s prepare to lead someone to Jesus by evangelizing them with a gospel that leads them to learn from and love Jesus.
Let’s assimilate them into the discipleship program of our church, commissioning them to make disciples, and then equip them to go into all the world and tell others how they can have peace with God.
Nobody likes a jerk, but so often this is the impression many Christians give when sharing the faith. There are many people who claim to follow Christ but share their faith in a way that completely contradicts Jesus’ message and manner. This happens even with well-meaning, kind-hearted, Christians. They want their friends and family to know Jesus Christ, but they fall into unhealthy patterns of sharing the faith, patterns that push people away from God rather than draw people near. I want to begin by saying that I understand. Sharing the Christian faith is hard.
Rico Tice, in his book, Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus even When It’s Tough, says, “I find evangelism hard. The problem with being an evangelist is that people assume that you find evangelism effortless; but I don’t find it easy, and never have. For me, telling people about Jesus has often been nerve wracking” (11)”
Through the years, I have had the privilege of having friends who seemed to be naturally gifted in sharing their faith. They made it look easy, but when I spoke to them, I discovered they had the same difficulties that I experienced. They had the same fears and worries. They stumbled over their words. Here are seven helpful points I learned from them.
1. Kindness goes a long way.
This may seem obvious, but too often when Christians share the faith, it turns into a heated argument. The cross is offensive enough. When I share the faith, I need to make sure that I am respectful and kind. I know plenty of people who have turned away from Christianity even though they think it’s true, because church people were jerks. As you seek to share your faith in a kind way, you may be surprised that people are more willing to listen.
2. Honesty shows and gains respect.
Some people who share their faith put on a character. They become “spiritual.” This “spiritual” person never doubts, worries, or sins. This “spiritual” person always loves Jesus more than life. This “spiritual” person doesn’t respect people enough to say, “I don’t know the answer to that question.” This “spiritual” person is afraid to admit that he or she may need to learn something about what others think.
Too many Christians are afraid to be honest. They fear that honesty will lose people’s respect. It doesn’t. The truth is that honesty often gains respect. When Christians treat people as people and not as numbers or “sinners,” they often gain respect. When Christians admit their sin, when they ask for forgiveness after failing to show kindness, they often gain respect. Don’t be afraid to be honest.
3. Ordinary conversations matter most.
You don’t need a formula, a method, or a program to share the faith. You need to have ordinary, honest, kind, and respectful conversations about the faith. Try this: ask people if they would like to talk about Christianity. Sometimes just asking, “Can I talk with you about Jesus?” opens people up.
If people don’t want to talk, you probably won’t persuade them by raising your voice or trying to force them. Respect their decision. Remember that these conversations are hard for people. To have serious conversations with some people, you need to gain a certain level of trust. Frustration, anger, or force will only push those people away. Be patient. Make yourself available. Don’t worry.
4. You can only share what you know.
I have found that a big reason most people fail to share their faith is because they know very little about the faith. Think of it like a language. It is much easier to read a foreign language than to speak it. It is much easier to hear and understand the gospel than to teach it and talk about it. To talk about the gospel—to share it—requires a certain amount of gospel fluency. It takes regular Scripture reading and prayer to attain gospel fluency. Too many Christians haven’t given enough time to learn the faith. When you take the time to read Scripture, pray, and study the Christian faith, you will discover that you, too, will have much to say about God and the gospel.
5. Share the actual gospel.
The message we share with people is not about hell, morality, or the church. Hell, morality, and church are important. But the message of the gospel—that which is of first importance—is that Jesus came to save sinners. You don’t really need to convince people that they are sinners. You don’t need to ask them if they keep the Ten Commandments. Tell them about what Jesus did on the cross. The fact that Jesus suffered and died on the cross is evidence enough that there is something wrong with the world. Most people have a sense that there is something wrong with their life. Talk about what Jesus came to do and why he came to do it. Start with Jesus, and you might be surprised how many people will grant that they are sinners who need a savior.
6. Don’t talk too much. Listen.
Whenever I share my faith, there is a lot I want to say. I want to tell people about Jesus’ perfect life. I want to talk about his crucifixion. I want to speak about the glorious resurrection, but I have to remember that a conversation is not a speech. I am not giving a sermon. I’m supposed to have a conversation. Throw out the agenda, and give up on trying to get in all you want to say. Trust God. Enjoy the conversation.
7. Play the long-game. Persevere.
Becoming a Christian can take a long time. Sometimes when people hear the gospel, they immediately believe it and become Christians. The Holy Spirit’s regenerating work of creating faith happens in an instant, but only God can see that. You and I see people questioning, learning, doubting, and believing. No one believes everything all at once, because no one can learn it all at once. There is a lot to learn in Christianity.
We should expect people to take time to ask questions and to express doubts. Learning takes time. This is why sharing the faith is not something Christians do once. Whenever a pastor preaches, he should be reminding the congregation of the mercy and love of God in sending Jesus Christ to die and rise for sinners. As Christians, you and I will be learning the gospel for the rest of our lives. As you share your faith, trust God to save your friends and family in his timing.
In sharing the faith, like me, you will often fail. It happens. Don’t worry about it. When you fail to show kindness, to speak honestly, to be authentic, to share the gospel message, to listen, or to display patience, admit your fault and ask for forgiveness. Remember, God draws straight lines with a crooked stick.
Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just for adults. Children share the gospel through their own pure testimonies and their righteous examples each day. Primary children are missionaries to their family and friends. Their examples of faith changes lives and inspires others to come unto Christ.
Being a young member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a pretty amazing opportunity. Children are taught at a young age about the commandments and teachings of Jesus. They learn the plan of happiness and are shown the blessing of repentance and forgiveness. They have the gift of the Holy Ghost and are taught how to recognize His gentle influence in their lives. Primary children spend time in church each week feeling the Spirit and growing their testimonies of the gospel. As a result, they become pretty spectacular individuals who are disciples of Jesus Christ.
I love the Primary Theme for October, because, children are some of the very best missionaries on the planet. Kids are naturally inclusive. Because of this, they make friends easily and like to share and spread happiness. Their humility and lack of judgements make it easy for them to spread the gospel. As a result, they share the gospel without even knowing they are!
There are three subtopics that are assigned for sharing time each Sunday. Feel free to download a fill-in-the-blank primary talk about each of the three topics that the children will be discussing in sharing time. These printable primary talks are perfect for children who are asked to speak, because, they are on topic and age appropriate. I leave a few bits and pieces out of the text to allow the child to fill in their own thoughts and ideas. This helps the child feel connected to the message and gives them some sense of ownership over the message.
Week One and Two: Living the gospel helps me to be a missionary now.
During the first two weeks of October children will be learning about how living the gospel helps them to be a missionary now. It is important for children to understand that when they choose the right they set an example for others to follow. You can see, they make a difference no matter how small.
Week Three: I can share the gospel with my family and friends.
It is sometimes scary to think about sharing the gospel. Remember the phrase “stranger danger?” Primary children share the gospel with their family and friends without even knowing it. It doesn’t have to be big and scary. They make a difference in their homes by reminding their family to pray, read the scriptures, and to make it to church on time. So, this talk will help them to see of their contribution as a missionary.
Week Four: My testimony is strengthened when I share the gospel.
A testimony is like a muscle. The more it is used and shared, the stronger it becomes. Therefore, this printable primary talk teaches children that their testimony is strengthened when they use it. It takes speaking up to make their testimony grow. So, lets get them ready to share.
I hope these printable primary talks make your Primary speaking assignments stress free and meaningful. The gospel is a message of peace and happiness! I think these little talk outlines help keep that peace and happiness in our homes on Sunday morning!
I am always amazed at the Spirit that can be felt in the Primary room at the church. When Jesus came to the Americas, he gathered the little children to come unto him. Because he knew of their great worth, he wanted to spend time with them. We are so lucky to be able to spend time with the little ones at church during primary lessons and at home. They teach us with their example and faith. They are missionaries!
We post new talks every month, so make sure to check back for new topics and outlines.
One-Verse Evangelism ® is a simple, interactive way to share Christ’s love conversationally and visually. Using just one verse, it’s easy to learn, and you can write it anywhere. One-Verse Evangelism shares the powerful message of the gospel in a 10 to 15 minute conversation.
Many times we feel that to be effective in evangelism we have to create complex illustrations and memorize a seminary-worthy number of verses. But the gospel is most powerful when shared with love, clarity, and (sometimes most importantly) simplicity.
One-Verse Evangelism is a simple, interactive way to share Christ’s love conversationally and visually. It is based on asking questions and sharing truth simply. It’s easy to learn because it uses just one verse. One-Verse Evangelism can be shared in just 10 or 15 minutes, but can have impact for a lifetime.
Here’s a brief look at how it works. Let’s say God is leading you to share the gospel with your neighbor, Jeff. Write out Romans 6:23 on a piece of paper or a napkin: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NIV). All you need is contained in this single passage. Ask Jeff if he would like to see a simple diagram based on this verse that will explain God’s relationship with mankind (us).
Circle the word “wages” and ask, “How would you feel if your boss refused to pay you the wages that were due to you?” The answer, of course, is that he would want justice—in this case, the wages he had worked for. Deep down, we all know that it is only right that we get what we deserve. Similarly, we earn “wages” from God for how we have lived our lives.
Draw a circle around “sin,” asking your neighbor Jeff what he thinks when he hears this word. You might explain that sin is more an attitude than an action. It can be either actively fighting God or as simple as excluding Him from our lives. You can ask, “Has God ever seemed far away?” If he says “Yes,” you can explain that that’s one of the things sin does—it makes God seem far away. Now draw two opposing cliffs with a gap in between.
Circle this word and ask what thoughts come to mind. Explain that death in the Bible always means some kind of separation—in its most basic sense, separation from life. Because God is the author of life, a spiritual death simply means separation from Him.
While circling this word, mention that it is important because it means that a sharp contrast in ideas is coming. What we have just looked at is the bad news; what comes next is the good news.
Draw a circle around this word. Ask, “If wages are what a person earns, then what is a gift?” Remind Jeff that though every gift is free for the person receiving it, someone still has to purchase it.
Circle this and explain that the gift you are talking about is free. It is from God Himself. It’s so special that no one else can give it. Ask, “How do you feel when someone gives you a special gift?”
Circle these two words next, and then ask, “How would you define these words?” Contrast one side of the cliff, death, with the other side, eternal life. Ask, “What is the opposite of separation from God?”
Write these words so they create a bridge between the two cliffs. Help your friend to consider that just as every gift has a unique giver, only Jesus Christ can give the gift of eternal life.
Write this word over the bridge you just drew. Explain that a true friend is a friend you can trust, and tell Jeff that Jesus is offering to be a true friend to him. All Jeff has to do is admit that he is responsible for his sin—either of fighting against God or excluding Him from his life. Trusting Jesus means believing that He has power to forgive us for rejecting God and that He will wash us clean from all that we have done wrong in life. At this point, you can ask him if he wants to start a relationship with God that will last forever. If he says “Yes,” invite him to pray a short prayer in his own words, asking Jesus to forgive him and make him new.
Close by reminding him that this simple illustration shows what God is like: Someone who really cares about people—especially him. Invite him to read all about it in the Bible–the Gospel of John is a great place to start.
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Before you even start reading this post, I want you to take a minute and try to think back to the last time you shared the gospel with someone. How long ago was that? Have you ever shared the gospel with someone? What was it like?
Really. Take a minute. I’ll wait.
If you haven’t shared the gospel with anyone in a while, what is holding you back? Are you worried what people will think of you? Scared that you won’t know what to say or that you won’t be able to answer their questions? Do you think that sharing the gospel is only for pastors and missionaries? Maybe you just haven’t thought about it or you don’t think it’s important. Or maybe you don’t even have non-Christian friends to share it with? (It’s okay to be honest.)
Regardless of your reason, the fact is that in Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus COMMANDS us to go and make disciples (and yes, that includes you!)
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
Furthermore, not only should we do this because Jesus COMMANDS us to, but also–shouldn’t we want to? When you have fantastic news, don’t you WANT to share it with your friends? And I’d venture to say the Good News is the most important news of all!
Why Christians Don’t Share the Gospel
So, if sharing the Gospel is so important, why don’t we do it?
I think it’s because a lot of people have the wrong impression about sharing the gospel. Sharing the Gospel doesn’t mean that you have to grab the nearest unbeliever, open your Bible, and lecture them about Heaven and Hell. It doesn’t mean that you have to know all of the answers (though it helps if you do actually know why you believe what you believe). And it doesn’t have to be awkward or scary or weird.
Instead, sharing the gospel is just having a normal conversation with another person who doesn’t believe the same things you do. Except instead of talking about football or the weather, you’re telling your story about your God and the things He has done in your life, and letting them know that He can do the same for them too.
Sharing the Gospel isn’t trying to convince the other person that you are right and they are wrong. It isn’t about telling them a great argument so that they will believe. It isn’t trying to get them to stop being such an awful sinner. It’s just sharing who God is, what He’s done for you and explaining why that matters.
Furthermore–the point of sharing the Gospel isn’t to save people. Yes, you read that right. “Saving people” isn’t our job–it’s God’s job. Our job is simply to sow the seed, nourish the seed, and hopefully eventually harvest the seed. We are obedient to share God’s love with others, and we depend on Him for the rest.
So without further ado, here are:
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25 Easy Ways to Share the Gospel
- Tell people that you went (or are going) to church when they ask about your weekend. Add in a quick sentence about what the sermon was about.
- Refuse to participate in ungodly activities. When they ask why, politely(!!) let them know.
- Play Christian radio in your car when you carpool (It’s okay to have it on quietly. You don’t have to blast it and sing at the top of your lungs–unless you want to.)
- Pray for people when you hear they are going through a rough time. Pray right there with them, and let them know you have will be praying for them on your own too.
- Read the Bible or other Christian books on your lunch break. People will notice. They may ask you what your book is about, or you may bring it up yourself.
- Having a garage sale? Put a few Bibles on a table with a “Free–take one!” sign.
- Teach Sunday School.
- When someone is sick, bring them a hot meal and a card with a nice note and an encouraging Scripture verse written on it.
- Ask their opinion about current events. Share your (Godly, but humble) opinion as well.
- Be honest about a tough time you are having and how you are really having to rely on God to get you through it.
- Do a random act of kindness and leave a note simply saying “because Jesus loves you.”
- Invite them to a church event. Many people who don’t attend regularly would go if you ask, especially around major Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter.
- Do you own a business? Leave a couple Bibles in the waiting room for people to read while they wait.
- Share encouraging Scripture verses, memes, youtube videos, and posts by your favorite Christian bloggers on your social media accounts. 🙂
- Support a child in a third world country.
- Don’t be afraid to share the big things God is doing in your life.
- Did you know there are numbers people can call or websites people can visit at anytime–day or night–if they want to learn more about Jesus? You could sign up to be one of the people that answers their questions or talks with them.
- Feeling super brave? Go door to door. Even if most people aren’t interested, if you find a few that are, it’s completely worth it.
- Volunteer in a setting like a hospital, children’s home, women’s shelter or crisis pregnancy center. Listen to their stories, offer hope, pray with people.
- Go to a bar and talk to people. (No, I’m not joking.) Find out their life story. Share yours.
- Start a Bible study with a few Christian friends. Ask nonbelievers if they would like to join you.
- Wear t-shirts/jewelry with Christian themes on them.
- Help people stranded on the side of the road. Give God the credit.
- Be a big brother or big sister.
- Start a blog where you can tell the world about Jesus!
Do you regularly share the Gospel? If not, what is holding you back? Which of these 25 ways do you think you could do–or what other suggestions could you add as well?
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