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How do I share my Faith?

by Greg Stier                  

Sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is one of the most important things we can do. Literally heaven and hell hang in the balance for those who don’t know Jesus. So how do you actually share your faith? How can you reach out without freaking out? Here are a few steps you can take to help you share your faith effectively:

1. Pray for courage.

Before you try to share the gospel with your friend, ask God to give you holy boldness to follow through. The Apostle Paul asked the believers in Ephesus to “Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when the word gospel means good newsI open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should” (Eph 6:19-20). We, like Paul, need to pray for fearlessness to share the good news with our friends. 

2. Bring it up.

After you have prayed for boldness, take the initiative to strike up a conversation with your friend. You can ask him a question that gets him talking. Questions like “What are your spiritual beliefs?” or “Do you think you will go to heaven when you die? Why?” are just a few you can use to get him talking. After he has shared his thoughts, you can share what you believe and why.

3. Explain the gospel.

The word “gospel” means “good news.” It’s the good news that God created us to fellowship with Him. Although sin has broken that fellowship, it can be restored through faith in Jesus. When Jesus died, He paid the price for our sins, suffering in our place. When He rose from the dead, He proved that He was who He claimed to be—the Son of God. Eternal life is not achieved on the basis of our good deeds but is received as a free gift on the basis of our faith in Jesus (see note on Eph 2:10).

4. Ask him/her to respond.

After you have shared the gospel with your friend ask him whether or not he is ready to trust in Jesus as his Savior. If he is not, ask him why. If he is, you can guide him in a prayer of faith. Just remember that merely saying a prayer never saved anybody. Only genuine faith in Jesus saves us from our sins.

5. Help him/her grow.

If your friend trusts in Jesus as Savior, help get him plugged into a church/youth group where he can grow in his relationship with God and the family of God. You also want to equip him to share his faith with his friends. Sharing your faith is easier than you may think. It is sharing the best news on the planet with those you know! Pray, swallow hard, and open your mouth. The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say (Jn 14:26)!

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This article is provided courtesy of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students published by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tenn. This dynamic study Bible contains over 200 fast-read articles that anchor us in the truths of the Christian faith and equip us to have conversations with others about Jesus Christ. For information on how you can own this powerful tool click here. es2

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