It’s difficult to share your faith when you don’t feel prepared. In a multigenerational survey on evangelism conducted by Jesus Film Project with more than 1,600 Christians, one out of every 10 people said they felt unequipped to share their faith.
Prayer and Scripture reading are valuable practices for helping you get better at sharing your faith. But if you feel like you should be better prepared to tell others about Christ, Jesus Film Project has put together these three ways to equip yourself to evangelize.
Become a good listener
We often assume that preparing to share is about lining up the right arguments. But you might read several good evangelism and apologetics books and not be any better prepared to talk to others about Jesus. Why? Because a lot of the time, the arguments we prepare for aren’t aligned with the questions people have.
You feel the most prepared to share your faith when you can respond to someone’s objections and inquiries. It doesn’t do a lot of good to wade into a conversation with answers to questions that aren’t being asked. So it’s incredibly helpful to understand what kinds of concerns and needs are shared by people around you. And the best way to do that is to listen.
What do the people around you care about? What are they worried about? What do they think of Christians? Jesus’s message is always relevant, but when you understand people’s concerns, it prepares you to share the Gospel in a way that feels relevant to them. When you develop a good understanding of people’s concerns, it’s a lot easier to find helpful resources.
Practice sharing your story
If you’ve been part of the Church for any length of time, you’re familiar with the idea of a testimony. Your testimony tells the story of your personal experience with Jesus. It might include how you came to know Jesus or ways that knowing Him has impacted your life.
When Peter encourages Christians to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15), he’s encouraging them to share their personal story. He wants them to be able to explain to others why they have put their hope in Jesus.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for conversational opportunities to share your faith.
- Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of your non-believing friends and family to His love.
- Take your small group through the We Are All Missionaries series!