As a Christian, sharing the gospel is as innate an activity as reciting your ABC’s when learning to read and write. It’s a profoundly powerful foundational practice.
However, the thought of “formal” witnessing or evangelism can be overwhelming and down-right intimidating, to be quite frank. Evangelism, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.
Public preaching …personal witness …yikes!!
Our flesh can fear rejection and alienation from people that we interact with regularly. We may also be concerned with being seemingly judgmental or self-righteous.
I remember a time when I did not want to formally be involved with a church because I did not want to have to “explain” myself to people. As you probably guessed, I hadn’t yet truly crucified my flesh.
However, when I began to be diligent about reading my Bible and learning about God’s word, I began to get excited.
I began to see how much God loves us. For many years, I’d heard that God loves us. John 3:16 says that “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.
I began to read the Old Testament and learn all about the marvels, struggles, disobedience, grace, and mercy that happened within the community of God’s people.
You know what I learned…that God has never stopped loving us. He never stops providing us with a way to be His people. He continues to warn, guide, and direct us.
The Creator of all things loves us. That is something to get excited about…that is something to get REALLY excited about!!!
It is also a very difficult fact to keep to yourself.
Once engrossed in scripture, learning and opening your heart to how God has moved on our behalf, you’ll find it difficult NOT to share the gospel.
So let’s look at how we can get started on this joyous and fulfilling journey for 2019.
Starting Place for Sharing the Gospel
Sharing the gospel actual starts with simply being the new you. As you continue to walk in Christ, people begin to notice the changes. They notice that you do not take part in gossip, inappropriate discussions and/or entertainment.
Folks listen and realize that you do not speak the same as you once did. Your words seem to be filled with compassion and love for others.
These things happen as you begin to “abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12:9).
You become a light because you are no longer a slave to anxiety and the vices of the flesh. You exude peace and the assurance of the Holy Spirit provides.
When others see that you have somehow changed; that you are a new person in Christ, they will become curious as to how they can have that same peace.
Practical Steps for Sharing the Gospel
Many times, new Christians (and some not-so-new) find it challenging to share the gospel because they fear repercussions from lack-of-knowledge and/or rejection.
However, there is comfort in knowing that there are many things that you can do to share the gospel with your personal story and in an authentic informal way.
Pray for Opportunities
An often overlooked tool in every Christian’s toolbox for sharing the gospel is prayer. We can and should ask God to direct us to individuals that would benefit from our particular “brand” of sharing.
Not only should we be praying for opportunities to present themselves to us but also praying for the specific needs of people we interact with. The privilege of prayer and to be able to bless the lives of others is a powerful thing.
Speak a heartfelt blessing over the life of the person (family or group). In Numbers 6:23-27 we find the great Aaronic blessing. God instructs Moses to have Aaron bless the children of Israel. We can also bless the lives of others with intentional and heartfelt words.
“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” -Numbers 6:23-27
Use Your Talents
We all have gifts. Some of us are excellent artists, speakers, builders, socialites, writers, social media navigators, etc. We can use those gifts to directly evangelize to others.
For example, an artist could draw or paint (whatever the medium is) a striking piece that speaks to the heart of the observer. An abstract may evoke questions around the meaning of the work, revealing our connectivity to God.
Many times through our artisanship, we are complimented and praised for our work. Humbly giving the glory to God can help others see that you have been “blessed” with the talent and desire.
The focus then is directed to our Creator and not to ourselves, hence producing an evangelical act.
One of the best tools you can use for intentional sharing of the gospel is hospitality. Inviting someone out for a cup of coffee and simply building a relationship.
Everyday conversations have a wonderful way of revealing how God is working in our lives.
Some other practical ways of using hospitality as a vehicle to engage others are:
Scheduling playdates for your children. This is a natural setting to sit with other parents and build relationships.
Starting a Bible study or book club in your home. A good start may be to invite a few friends at first. Eventually, building toward each friend inviting others to join.
Build a group around a favorite craft or hobby. This is a great way to spend dedicated time with others.
Offer to help. This is probably one of the best ways to be a light to your community and demonstrate God’s glory. When you volunteer your time or help someone in need, people can more readily see compassion in action.
Social Media Platforms
I’m finding that social media is so cluttered with vulgarity, false doctrine, and self-glorifying content, that there is a real need for more content that leads people to Christ.
Use your social media platforms to help people see how good God is and that they need Him in their lives. Here are just a few suggestions for what you can do:
- Share scripture quotes
- Share your personal testimony
- Praise quotes
- Provide definitions for biblical terms
- Create videos to share Bible passages
- Share Bible study reviews
- Share Bible art photos
- Share Christian music links
- Comment with encouragement on others’ posts
- Start a Christian-focused blog or channel
These are just a few ideas on how you can be intentional about sharing the gospel and being a light to others. Please share any other ideas you may have in the comments section below.
Even though we may be apprehensive to “formally” attach the label of evangelism or witnessing as a part of your Christian walk, there are plenty of informal ways to share the gospel.
In fact, it is probably something you are already doing in subtle ways regularly.
Now that you have some ideas on how to take your evangelism journey a step further, let’s be bold about sharing the gospel in 2019. Let’s get out there and let our lights shine for the world to see!
It is my prayer that this post has been helpful, encouraging, and beneficial for your personal walk with our Savior. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts about this post. If you have additional ideas on how we can spread the gospel, please share with the community in the comments, we love to hear from you. God bless you and keep you!