“I’ve never seen a generation so interested in defining the gospel, but so uninterested in sharing it.” -Johnny Hunt.
Jesus says in Matthew 28, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” It's called the Great Commission, not the "Great Suggestion."
As disciples of Jesus, we're all expected to make disciples. We are all “evangelists.” Think of it this way: You're first and foremost a disciple-maker who just so happens to be a student, an accountant, an engineer, etc.
People frequently asking me, "How do you engage people in gospel conversations?" Here's how: I take shots, and I try to take them often. That's it. Pistol Pete, an LSU alumni, has the highest career points per game in the NCAA basketball history. Wanna know why? He took a lot of shots. It's simple, really. He made a lot of shots because he took a lot of shots. The people who are successful in sharing their faith in the real world are the ones taking shots.
A while back I was working in a local coffee shop, when I noticed a guy walk over to a table full of girls, single one of them out, and ask, “Hey, uh, you’re pretty. Uh, wanna, uh, go out some time?” She said NO. Who could blame her? It was clunky, and it was awkward, painful to watch. This is how many Christians think of sharing their faith: clunky, awkward, a painful conversation that's hardly ever worth it.
So, sharing your faith in the real world doesn't have to be complicated. Here's 5 simple things I do to share your faith in the real world:
Look for Opportunities. If you pray for opportunities, God will give them to you. Many times, because I’ve been praying for opportunities, I more prone to notice them when they arise. (Often times, I’ll pray on the car ride to work.)
Ask Genuine Questions. Don't be a sneaky evangelist. It's disingenuous. It rubs people wrong way. I’ve learned that people are more than happy to talk about what they believe, and they appreciate you being honest and direct with them about your intentions. I usual ask questions like, "What do you believe?" or Who do you think Jesus was?" Once you ask them, genuinely listen. Don’t formulate a response while they are talking.
Share Your Story. You can’t mess up your story. It’s your story! Share it with others. So, it might be helpful to take a few minutes to write out your story of how you met Christ. Include important elements like: sin, forgiveness through Jesus, and His Lordship in your life. Be concise. Leave out useless information.
Know the Scriptures. I usually try to encourage people to have 1 scripture strategy in mind: The Roman Roads OR John 3:16.
- John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that if you believe in Him, you will not perish, but have eternal life.
- Rom. 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of he glory of God.”
- Rom. 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Be a Bringer. Do what you can to get people to your church or small group. Don't settle for merely inviting them to church. Offer to meet up with them and ride together. Another idea might be to invite them to talk over a cup of coffee and ask them some of the questions mentioned above.
Sharing your faith with people isn't as scary as you think. Hopefully you'll find some of these tips as helpful as I have!