Sharing the Gospel is a key part of our faith. Think about how you came to the Lord. Most likely, it was through others sharing the Gospel with you. Whether you know want to share with a long-time friend about your faith, or an opportunity to interact with a stranger happens, we need to be prepared to make the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:16).
(1) Prepare your testimony beforehand
A friend who does ministry in some pretty rough areas says you should take time to sit down and write down your testimony. How did you come to Christ? What are the steps to salvation? If you’re not sure what to say, He will give us wisdom and guidance, He will give it generously (James 1:5).
Memorize Scripture so you can make the most of your encounter. A tool you can use is the Roman Road to Salvation, which uses three verses to outline the need for Christ (Romans 3:23, Romans 3:10, Romans 5:12)
(2) Pray beforehand
God wants us to be in constant communication with Him through prayer. When we’re in tune with Him, He will lead us. You may be planning to have a meeting over coffee with a close friend to share your faith or you may be going out with your church group to minister at a shelter. Ask God to bring people into your path who need to hear the Gospel and ask Him to give you the words to share.
(3) Lead with Love
Everything that Christ did was motivated by love. I love the example of how He interacted with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-26). An encounter with Him changed her life forever!
He met her where she was.
The Samaritan woman was going about her daily chores. Some of the most powerful encounters happen when we interact with people in ordinary ways. Spending time with people shows that you care about them and want to invest in them. People also feel most comfortable when they are in familiar surroundings.
He did not condemn
The woman Jesus spoke with had a rough past. But, Jesus didn’t come down on her with judgement and condemnation. Instead, He asked her questions about her life and allowed her to answer.
He offered hope
Jesus offered the woman forgiveness and a fresh start. He the woman returned to her village, she shared her testimony and many Samaritans believed (John 4:39-42)
(4) Invite the person to ask questions
When you share the Gospel, invite people the ask questions. The answers you give should be Scriptural.
If you don’t know the answers, it’s okay to say, “Let’s explore that together.”
(5) Trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest
When we share the Gospel we are obeying Christ. The person you speak with may ask to pray with you, they may ask questions, or they may reject you outright. Remember that by sharing, you are planting seeds. The Holy Spirit will bring those seeds to fruition.