How good are you at sharing Christ with others?
Me? Not so good, unfortunately. When an opportunity comes my way, my mind is usually bombarded with such pesky thoughts as, “What should I say? “Am I going to sound weird?” “How do I even begin?” By the time I’m done deciding my course of action, the chance is usually long gone.
It’s hard to believe that I actually took a 6-week course on Evangelism, way back, when I was a new believer, passionate about the Lord, and eager to share my new-found faith.
The other day, one of those opportunities came up while I was sitting down by this nice lady, waiting for my number to be called. Again, the familiar set of questions and insecurities assaulted me; by the time I was done sorting them out, all I could manage was a puny “what part of town do you live in?” before her number was called and she left my side. My plan had been to invite her to our church. I figured that the question would somehow lead into a conversation about faith. But I lost my chance… again!
After this latest fiasco, I decided it was time to reevaluate my evangelistic approach. Did I even have one? What had I learned during my long-ago 6-week training? Think, Ana, think…
I remember learning about the plan of salvation, memorizing a bunch of Scriptures, writing down my personal testimony… What else? What else? Oh, yeah! We were supposed to think of different questions we could ask, which would open the door for a conversation about Christ.
Aha! That had been my mistake all these years. I’ve lacked a plan of action. Though more knowledgeable about Scripture than in those early years, I am presently not prepared to share my faith! Man, that’s hard to admit – especially for someone who’s walked with the Lord for 30 years.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:15 that we should “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.”
What about you, dear friend? What are you doing to get ready to share “the hope that you have”?
Here are some ideas:
- Pray for God to give you opportunities to share Christ with others and to help you discern how to go about doing so (but you still have to prepare!)
- Read and study your Bible regularly. You, yourself, need to clearly understand what the Bible says about God’s plan of salvation before you can share it with others.
- Go to our church’s book store and look/ask for a book or materials on Evangelism.
- Talk to your small group leader or one of our pastors about ways to prepare to share your faith.
- Check out the Billy Graham’s evangelism tools at www.billigraham.org.
I hope that these ideas are helpful to you and that they will encourage you to ready yourself “to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”