10 Tips For Normal People In Sharing The Gospel
Romans 10.14-15 14 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? 15 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!”
These are ten tips that have helped me in sharing the Gospel and I hope they inspire you!
1. Start with Prayer
Both the Scriptures and church history are filled with the testimony of men and women who were fruitful in sharing the Gospel fueled out a robust prayer life. Personally I have seen this over and over again, when we interceded for our neighbors, co-workers, friends etc., God opens up doors, softens hearts, leads us to hungry people. Over and over again. Add in fasting and it seems even more fruitful. As a church, we are incorporating this into our culture the phrase, “Who are you fighting for?” to bring clarity to the people God has called us to, and then our first step is committing to pray for them.
2. Look Around
Acts 17.26-27 tells us, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.”
The Bible teaches us that God has placed mankind in such a way that they could come to know him. This has huge implications for our everyday life. To summarize Miroslav Volf, as a follower of Jesus, you are not the purpose of your own life. Who are the people around you, that God has placed you next to that they might come to know him? Who is your barista? Who is your next door neighbor? Who is your co-worker? Who is on your kid’s soccer team? Can you write down a few people God has called you to be a door holder for? I love the way Passion City Church phrases what a door holder is: “door holders are people who've been on the inside and experienced Jesus and are willing to open the door for others to be welcomed in.”
3. Be A Relationship Builder
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it is important to realize that the Gospel goes forth through relationships. In the places you go, look to go out of your way to build relationships. Be friendly, get to know people, remember their name, ask them about their kids. Even if it feels like a stretch, remember that Jesus was criticized in regards to how friendly he was to all the supposedly wrong kinds of people.
4. Ask People About Their Faith
As you get to know people, ask them about their faith? Did they grow up in church? How does God affect their lives today? Don’t jump back with an answer, but become a person that people can talk about those kind of issues with.
5. Offer To Pray For People
As you get to know people and get to know their life journey, let them know that you will be praying for them in regards to the various situations of their lives that seem meaningful to them.
6. Share Your Story
A mentor once said to me, “If Jesus is your agenda, that is evangelism, but if Jesus is your life source that is the Gospel.” As you get to know people, share in a natural, unforced way, how Jesus has impacted your life, not because it is your agenda, but because it is authentically true. Authenticity about this is very refreshing and drawing.
7. Demonstrate The Kingdom
Live life before people as a follower of Jesus, not just in word but in love, in grace, in power, in the way you treat people and in your choices. Be the living epistle that the New Testament speaks of. As another mentor once said, “You might be the only book of the Bible people ever read.”
8. Invitations Are Powerful
Invite people to stuff! I can’t tell you how many people I meet who became a Christian through a friend who loved them enough to invite them to a baby dedication, a youth group, a bible study, a conference. At some point, when the time seems right, invite people to receive the Good News of Jesus for themselves.
9. Give People A Book
When was the last time someone gave you a thoughtful gift? Probably not recently. Give away a book to read that has helped you in your faith. Share with intentionality how it was meaningful to you and why you are giving it to them.
10. Find a Father or Mother
Reading about and being around different heroes of the faith has been one of the most inspiring and fruitful things in my life in terms of growing as an evangelist. Who can you learn from, surround yourself with that will help you to be more faithful and fruitful in sharing Christ with people?