If God has changed your life and given you new hope, it’s only natural you’d want to share that with others. You don’t want to keep this life-changing news to yourself.
Many Christians feel uncomfortable sharing their faith with others, especially in the culture in which we live. But this news is far too important for us to be dissuaded from sharing it because we’re uncomfortable. Jesus commanded His followers before He left earth to, “make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19)
You can start sharing with a friend by simply telling what has happened to you. John’s Gospel tells how Jesus healed a blind man. The hostile leaders kept questioning him about Jesus. The man who had regained his sight simply said, "One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25). So start by sharing your own story. Tell how Jesus has changed you and forgiven your sins. Your life can show how God changes people.
After telling your story, go on to share about the Problem (sin) and the Solution (Jesus), which are summed up in Romans 6:23: “The cost of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Tell your friend that no one is good enough to make it to Heaven, but that “all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). And then simply invite your friend to ask Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness.
Read the beginning of Acts 1:8 again: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you . . .” Note that we don’t have to rely on our own power, but on God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, as you read about in Part 4 of this series. Jesus also taught this when he sent out the disciples, saying, "The Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say" (Luke 12:11-12).
In the power of the Holy Spirit, tell your story, tell God's story, and leave the results to God. Not everyone will decide to follow Christ. Our job is just to share the Good News, and God will take care of the rest.
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