A basic, yet vital part of our Christian walk is learning to share our faith with others. If you don’t have much experience sharing your faith, what are some practical ways that you can improve at that? This article will not be exhaustive on this topic, but here are a few practical suggestions.
Pray for Opportunities and Wisdom
We forget just how important prayer really is. If you ask God for opportunities and wisdom to share the Gospel, that is just the kind of request that He LOVES to answer! When Jesus looked on the multitude, He was moved with compassion (Matt. 6:26-27), and He’s commanded us to share the good news with others (Matt. 28:19-20). Even Paul asked the Colossian believers to pray for him to have an “open door” and clear words to share the Gospel. Surely, this is the kind of prayer God would rejoice in answering!
Memorize Verses that talk about Salvation
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), so you need to have God’s Word memorized in order to share it with others. Whether you memorize “the Romans Road” (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 13), John 3:16, or another passage that clearly teaches salvation, you need to hide God’s Word in your heart in order to share it with others! If you have a really hard time memorizing, then write some important references in the cover of your Bible and refer to them as you share your faith.
Know the Essential Elements of the Gospel
What does someone need to understand in order to be saved? I was once told to be ready with an “elevator gospel.” This is a full Gospel presentation that you can share with someone in a short elevator ride. In order to do that, you have to know the essential basics of the Gospel.
Here are some of the basics. (1) you are a sinner (Rom. 3:23). (2) Sin brings a consequence of death (Rom. 6:23). (3) Jesus, Christ, the Son of God, came to earth, lived the perfect life, died on a cross, and took the sins of all mankind on Himself (1 Cor. 15:3-4). (4) He beat death by rising from the dead (1 Cor. 15), and offers eternal life freely to anyone who would receive it (Rom. 10:9-10, 13).
Write Out Your Salvation Testimony
Writing out your salvation story is a vitally important exercise. Tell the events that led to your salvation, but also take the time to weave Scripture into your story. Give God all the credit for what He did in your life. If you’re ever asked to share your story, you’ll have it written down and ready! Also, writing it down allows your story to last longer than you. It might even allow your testimony to be ready at your funeral someday.
Practice some of these things, pray for opportunities, and watch what God will do through you to change people’s lives for eternity!