So you’re ready to share your faith with someone else.  Where do you start?  How do you do it?  Why does the thought scare you a little?  Below are some helpful resources so you can speak with confidence about who the Lord is in your life and why you follow Him!

Step 1: Study

The Bible has lots to say about how we as God’s people are called, committed, and commanded to be a witness to others around us.  Here are just a couple verses:

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” — Matthew 28:18-20

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” — Romans 10:11-15

As we learn more about what the Bible has to say — and the Lord’s passion behind it — we’ll be excited to share our faith with others!  Here are a few Bible studies to help you get God’s Word in your heart as you prepare to share your faith.

Evangelism

Soul Winning Life

Witnessing Tool

Step 2: Pray

It may seem like a “no-brainer” that you need to pray, but it is absolutely necessary!  Prayer is the means through which the Lord works on the heart of the individual — ours and theirs.  You need to pray before, during AND AFTER sharing your faith with someone because prayer is equivalent to watering the ground, planting the seeds, and watering again until the seeds grow.  Prayer is essential to their heart being ready to receive the message, our minds and mouths being used by the Spirit, and growth of the seeds that are planted through discussion.

Step 3: Speak

Perhaps you’ve heard this saying:  “Preach the Gospel.  If necessary, use words.”  While a nice thought, the Romans passage above CLEARLY states that words are necessary for someone to believe the Gospel.  You must speak!!  Here are a couple practical ways to get you started.

Ask, Admire, Admit

Taken from Dare 2 Share

ASK
Ask them questions about what they believe, not to trap them, but to understand them & break down any relational barriers that are keeping them from considering Jesus.

ADMIRE
Admire everything you can about what they believe in order to help people open up.  Don’t affirm their heresy but their honesty.  Find areas of common ground you can compliment them on.

ADMIT
Admit that the reason you are a Christian is that you know you’ve fallen short and need someone to rescue you.  That someone is Jesus.

Internationals

Written by Mary Mielke

DO

  • Shake hands woman to woman and man to man.
  • Be patient.
  • Speak slow and simple language.  Resist the urge to speak louder.
  • Introduce your spouse.
  • Introduce a friend with common interest.
  • Show respect for differences.
  • Take off shoes when entering one’s house or temple.
  • Dress modestly.

DON’T

  • Speak condescendingly.
  • Mishandle the Bible or set it on the ground.
  • Ask questions about long hair, beards, etc. on the first meeting.
  • Be immodest.
  • Don’t serve pork (or beef if Hindu).