How to Share the Gospel
By Joel B.
Matt 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Friends, when I first became a Christian I was so excited about the Lord and wanted to share my new found faith. However, there was a dilemma I faced. I did not know how to witness to people. I went to the local Christian bookstore and was certain I would find something on this topic, but there was nothing. I think they had a Christian book on every topic but how to share the Gospel. Since that unfortunate experience, I have learned that sharing God isn’t so hard, and I’m going to show you some easy steps on how to do it.
Know the Word
1 Peter 3:15 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 meekness and fear.
The first step in being a prepared soldier is knowing what you’re going to tell the person. I mean, people need to understand the problem, which is sin, and the solution, who is Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:15 also cautions us on the importance of being ready to give an answer for the hope we have. How else is the non-believer going to adhere to your beliefs if you don’t know what you believe? Be sharp, be ready, and know your Holy Bible.
Know your Audience
I’m going to teach you how to know your audience even if you don’t actually “know your audience.” What I mean by that is how to preach to strangers or someone that you don’t know very well. Here goes…
When you meet up with someone check their person and their environment. This will make it easy to break the ice. For example, say you approach Chuck and he’s wearing a Chicago Bears jersey. Well there’s an opportunity. Break the ice with Chuck by asking him about the Bears. Most people are very social and they’re happy to engage in conversation. From there, you can always ask Chuck if he goes to church, and there you have it. You’ve not only made Chuck comfortable with you by asking him about a team he likes, but you’ve also found out if he goes to church. If he doesn’t, here is a great opportunity to invite him to church.
Also, check the environment people are in. Say Julie has a nice rose garden. This may give you a topic to help break the ice and make her comfortable with you. The idea is to establish a relationship and then talk about your faith. That way the person isn’t going on the defensive, because you’ve already touched their heart with something near and dear to them.
Know the Value
If you were given a million dollars to hand out freely, would you have any trouble offering it to someone? Well, we have something much more valuable to offer people when it comes to the gift of salvation. We need to have that kind of excitement we would have if we were given a million dollars to pass our freely. We need to understand the value of what salvation actually is. In reality, salvation is priceless. This is precisely why we can’t afford not to share the gospel with others. It is the only hope they have for eternal life and we hold the knowledge they need.
Friends, we need to be out there sharing the gospel with others. We are commissioned by Christ to do so. It’s something we can’t take for granted. We cannot fear sharing this eternal gift with others. Without it they are lost. I’ve offered a few suggestions on ways to witness, but there are many others as well. Let’s be strong and let’s share the Truth of our Lord and Savior with others. Thank you for reading and God bless.