...Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
What are your habits when you share the gospel of Christ with unbelievers? Do you find yourself becoming nervous when you have the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus and struggle to find the right words, or maybe your the type of witness who has all the right things to say, and when someone asks you about your faith, you are ready with a proper response. Maybe you feel you never know what to say; maybe you want to share Jesus’ love, but feel inadequate when posed with questions about your beliefs.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
At some point in our walk with Christ, every believer has felt we lacked the adequate tools to share our faith with unbelievers. The good news is there is more than one way to share our faith with anyone we encounter. An example of this may be simply telling a person how grateful you have been to God for all He has done, and is still doing in your own life. It may be a story of personal healing, or sharing how God brought you out of a nearly impossible financial situation. Whatever your testimony may be about the goodness of God in your life, consider making a personal goal to make mention of Christ in every situation where you find yourself engaged in conversation with someone who may be hearing about the Lord for the first time.
...But His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones.
Whenever I leave my house and get in my car to leave for any destination, I ask the Lord to give me every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with anyone I may meet during my daily routines and errands. Then I promise the Lord no matter what, I will make sure to speak so that He is glorified, and that whoever I speak to has the opportunity to know how good God really is; and when I have the opportunity to put all of this into practice, I simply make one conscience effort: I do not indulge in lengthy conversations without mentioning something about the Lord, or without bragging on how God has helped me through a tough situation. I have been splendidly surprised when I see how willing people are to shift a conversation, and share with me something about their spiritual background or beliefs, when all I have to do is make mention of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 2:4
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and the power...
There is no rule book on sharing the gospel with unbelievers and those who are hurting; the only reservations are the ones strictly set by the help of the Holy Spirit in your witness. If you are looking for rules to guide you, consider two very important points when sharing your beliefs.
Pray continually ask you share in your conversation, asking God to help you choose the right words. You never know what God is doing in the hearts of those who you speak with; there are times when someone may ask if they can visit your church, or read your blog or social media accounts where you share your love for Christ. Then there are times when you may say all the right things, but never know what the other person truly thinks of all you just shared.
If God tells you to say something, say it; if He tells you to stop talking and just listen, obey Him immediately. You may be speaking to someone who knows about Jesus, but has recently been in a season where they feel He has let them down. Not everyone we encounter will have the same story, while one may be delighted to hear about Jesus and how they can also have a personal relationship with Him, someone else may need more convincing. Say what needs to be said, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.
Unfortunately, as you probably already know not everyone we encounter will be willing to listen to us talk about our relationship with Jesus; consider spiritual or religious backgrounds before attempting to spread the good news in a way you may otherwise feel is appropriate. For example, someone who has never heard of the Holy Spirit as an active part of the Godhead may become confused if you mention how the He helps you in making every day decisions. It is cases like this which make listening much more effective than talking.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with the meekness and fear: Having good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Taking full advantage of an opportunity to share about about your relationship with Christ must always be handled with care. Considering you may only have one opportunity to share with many unbelievers you encounter daily, you want to make sure what you may say hits home.
Remember never to attack someone’s current beliefs with how you feel they should believe. If someone asks you to stop talking about God, grant their wish and end the conversation. Remember it is our job to share the good news of Jesus with others, not to expect a seed we plant to harvest and blossom immediately. Engaging someone in a simple, everyday conversation with the mention of what God has done in your own life, often has much more impact than we see at first glance. Always seek the leading of the Holy Spirit when you are witnessing to anyone, and trust the Lord to do His part in the heart of the unbeliever.
Melanie Herren Ministries