4 Crucial Tips for Sharing the Gospel

November 25, 2019
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I've heard many people say they're nervous to talk about faith because they’re afraid they don’t know enough answers. People believe that they need to learn more in order to be good at evangelism.

You may have fear that, if you talk about your faith, the person you’re talking to may have a question that you can’t answer, an argument you can’t debate, or witty comeback that you can’t shut down.

“If I could just learn more,” you think, “I’d be better at defending their faith.”

Let me lift the pressure: This isn't about defending our faith.

Don’t look to “defend” your faith

We're not supposed to enter a faith conversation with a defensive posture. We shouldn’t have a confrontational mindset. Our goal isn’t to win an argument.

If you're looking to debate someone, it typically doesn't go well. So often, people close themselves off or get defensive when approached about faith because they’re expecting to be shamed or condemned. Nobody wants to stay in a conversation where they feel judged or demeaned!

That’s the big reason why, for too long, we’ve been wrong about evangelism: We’ve had the wrong posture.

Look for conversations, not confrontations

We’re looking for conversations, not confrontations. We’re looking to love, not to win.

When we're done with a faith conversation, the question we ask ourselves shouldn't be, "Did I argue every point correctly? Did I win?"

Rather, we should ask ourselves, "Did the other person walk away knowing they are loved by God and loved by me? Did I encourage them?"

“Did the other person feel loved by God and loved by me?”

That changes the objective, doesn't it? It changes our whole posture in the conversation, and the other person will feel it. Imagine their relief when they are treated with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). Imagine how your love will soften and disarm them. It could change their entire perception of Christians and their view of God!

Related Post: 7 Questions to Help You Share Your Faith

Look to the Interests of Others

Everyone is carrying some kind of burden. Even the most “put-together” people have something weighing them down. Just because someone carries it well doesn’t mean it’s not heavy.

Before starting a conversation, think about what the other person may need. Everyone needs love. Do they need to be encouraged? Prayed for? Do they need to be listened to and really feel heard?

All of the above!

Enter a faith conversation with the primary goal to love the other person, listen to them, and share your story about how God changed your life.

Your faith story is a story of love. Just as God loves you enough to die for you, He also loves the person you’re sharing with. He loves and accepts them, and wants a relationship with them.

Related Posts: 5 Apps to Help Share the Gospel and 5 Simple Steps to Write Your Faith Story

Look to God to Change Hearts

When you’ve loved, listened, and shared, then trust God to do the rest.

After all, only God can save! It's not fancy words or perfect sentence structure that leads someone to accept Jesus. It's the power of the Holy Spirit.

We can't expect every conversation to end with someone praying to receive Jesus. It will happen sometimes, but we don't always know what's going on in their lives and what they're willing to accept at that very moment. We can, however, always know that we planted a seed in their heart, and trust God to water it until it comes to fruition.

God has given us seeds to plant into the lives of others. I don't know about you, but I don't want to leave this earth, enter heaven, and stand before Jesus with any seeds still in my basket. I want to give them all away.

Do you tend to be confrontational? If so, how can you remind yourself to avoid that in faith conversations? What can you do this week to show love to others?

What Is the Gospel?

Before we share a step-by-step for Gospel sharing, let’s talk about what the Gospel means, and what it means to you.

The Gospel means “good news,” and that is exactly what it is! It is the good news of Jesus’s life, teachings, death, and resurrection. God came to earth to be with us. Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God, performed miracles, and called humanity to repentance and faith.

When we share the Gospel, we are sharing the story of Jesus’s sacrificial death to redeem us from our sins, offering forgiveness and reconciliation with God to all who believe. The good news also promises eternal life to all who accept Jesus as their savior.

How has the Gospel changed your life? This is an important part of talking about faith. When you share the Gospel, you can share how you have been forgiven and have a fresh start. How has Jesus been your source of hope and comfort?

Remember it’s not about being perfect or having it all together. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Gospel is about recognizing our need for grace and accepting the love that’s offered to us. Just as your life has been transformed, you can invite others to experience the love, grace, and mercy of God.

How to Share the Gospel

Several resources exist to help you share the Gospel during a faith conversation. Some of our favorites are using just one verse or these apps to explain the Gospel. Take a look at related posts here on Ask About My Faith or other evangelism sites to learn how to share the Gospel. But remember, there is no single resource that is the “secret sauce.”

Sharing the Gospel boils down to a few simple steps:

Ask questions and genuinely listen.

Ask them what their history with church may be. Find out if they have an understanding of the Gospel, Jesus, or Chrisitanity. They may have been hurt in the past by someone at a church, or they may have had a bad experience or misconception. 

As they speak about their perspective, genuinely listen to them. They will be more apt to listen to you share the Gospel if they first feel genuinely heard and understood. 

Share your story.

The best method to share the message of Jesus is however you can share your own salvation story in a way that is authentic, confident, and gracious. Simply share the Gospel from your heart and show God’s heart for the person you’re talking to.

Invite them to continue the conversation.

The journey to faith is often just that, a journey. It doesn’t always happen at once. Rather, once you’ve shared the Gospel through your story, invite them to continue talking (and asking) about faith in the future.

This helps to take the pressure off of you, and them. You don’t need to “close the deal.” Instead, focus on making sure they feel loved by you and loved by God, and trust that future opportunities will arise.

Pray for them.

Finally, ask how you can pray for them. Offer to pray for them right there, and commit to praying for them in the future. While you planted the seed, it is God who gives the growth!

A Gospel Sharing Exercise

As you look to share the Gospel with those around you, start each day with this simple prayer:

“Holy Spirit, lead me into conversations about Jesus today.”

Then, as you go about your day, look for opportunities to show love to others and start faith conversations.

When you encounter people, practice asking unnecessary questions. Ask something beyond the typical “how are you?” This will help you practice moving outside your comfort zone, and you will start really seeing and listening to those around you.

We are excited to see what God does through you!

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People say they're nervous to talk about faith because they’re afraid they don’t know enough answers. Let me lift the pressure with these 4 critical tips for sharing your faith.

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