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Practical Advice for Sharing Your Faith

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All too many people picking out a random phrase or two, think 'love' was Jesus' core message. Unfortunately, they are terribly wrong... In fact, Jesus never stopped talking about the "kingdom of God", which phrase is used over 50 times in the four Gospels alone. He even said that the proclamation of the Kingdom was the reason He was sent to earth (Luke 4:43). But what and where is this kingdom? Here is what is really paradoxical ... the Bible's description of this kingdom of God, also called heaven is no pie in the sky ethereal place 'somewhere out there', but matches, in every respect, the world most men and women would choose to live in. a place of peace and safety, where there is no crime, hunger and disease, war and above all... no death. Far from being outdated, out of touch, and largely irrelevant to modern society, Christianity promises exactly the utopian world most men and women can only dream of.
 

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Can you offer some practical advice for sharing my faith with someone? Sometimes I feel so inadequate.
 

Be creative. A rigid presentation of a gospel tract is sometimes helpful, but sharing our faith is not mechanical. God knows how to reach each individual in a unique way.

Be sensitive. There are times to share and times not to share. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you the difference.

Be gradual. It is difficult to move a person from talking about his favorite football team to considering the depravity of sin. Gradually move your conversation to deeper levels—ethics and morals in government, the problem of drugs and alcohol, anything that stretches someone's thinking past superficial trivia.

Be gentle. Don't ever argue over religion. We are to gently present the gospel message. Remember, salvation is an offer from God, not an obligation.

Be persistent. Few people come to know Christ without time and deliberation. Don't give up on anyone. Continue to share the love of God, regardless of the response.

Be loving. We are called to love people unconditionally. That means we must love unbelievers just as they are. If you are waiting until your friend is saved before relating to him or her, you are hindering God's compassion toward that friend.

Be personal. Your own testimony of what Christ has done in your life is your unique story. Tell it from your heart, and don't worry about following some predetermined outline.

Be specific. Remember, your goal is to lead your friends to understand that Christ's death on the cross did for them what they could not do for themselves— paid their sin debt in full. By faith they are to receive Christ as their personal Savior.


The following Bible passages focus on our need for salvation and what we must do to enter a meaningful relationship with Christ:

Awareness of our sinful nature: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23

Belief in Jesus Christ: Acts 16:31, Romans 10:8-9, John 1:12-13

Repentance of sins: Luke 24:46-47, Acts 13:38-39, 1 John 1:9

Receiving Jesus as Savior: John 1:11, Revelation 3:20

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