Nine Ways to Confidently #ShareJesus

Share JesusAs I mentioned in my previous post, there is a world filled with people who are separated from God simply because they do not know Jesus. The hard truth is, they may end up in hell unless we take the time to share Jesus. We can’t hope someone else will do it for us.

I simply LOVE Matthew 28:19-20! Look at the language Jesus uses here. The first word commands action! GO! We cannot reach the world while remaining still. We can’t wait for people to come up and ask us about Jesus.

It’s not the Pastor’s job to reach the world.

God calls every Christian to action.

But what action can we take to not only share Jesus, but share with confidence?

1. Pray

Start by talking directly with the One you want to share! Be confident knowing the Holy Spirit will give you the words to speak when the time is right. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:20 ESV. Boldly ask for opportunities to share, then keep your heart and eyes open to those opportunities.

2.  Build relationships

Even if it turns out to be a single serving friend in the grocery line or the person seated next to you on the plane, take the a few minutes to get to know the people around you. You don’t have to start the conversation with, “Do you know Jesus?” In fact, I wouldn’t recommend asking unless the Holy Spirit is prompting you to do so. Start simple. “Hi, I’m ::so-and-so::, ::comment on the weather::.” {can’t go wrong with the weather}. See where the conversation leads. And…

3.  Listen

Actively listening doesn’t have to be a lost art. Give the people you meet the opportunity to be heard. Let them drive the conversation. Before you part ways…

4.  Offer prayer

I have friends who never interact with me on Social Media, but the moment I offer to pray, they come out of the wood work. Before leaving an encounter with someone, ask if there is anything you can do to pray for them. If you’re like me you’ll need to write it down so that you don’t accidentally forget…we don’t mean to, but ooo something shiny!! Even better, if time permits, pray with them immediately.

5.  Check in

If at all possible, keep in contact with the people you meet. I have it easy, because I can share my Facebook Page or blog with them to safely stay connected. For those who will simply be a friend in the moment, assure them you will commit to pray for them. You don’t have to pray indefinitely, simply pray for a set amount of time. “I may not see you again, but I’ll be praying for you for the next ::time period::.” Share contact information, but only if you feel comfortable doing so.
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6.  Gospel in a nutshell

If you were to hand some one a copy of the Bible and say “read this,” they aren’t very likely to do so and let’s face it, not many of us carry a spare Bible in our bag anyway. The Apostles’ Creed, clearly outlines everything we believe and is the oldest of the three most widely used creeds in the Christian Church. John 3:16 is the Gospel in a nutshell! If you’re not sure what to share, start with these.

7.  Why do you follow Jesus?

This one is huge. We can tell people what to believe until we’re blue in the face, but you know what will help bring perspective to their faith? Helping them to answer the question my two-year-old asks a hundred times a day…”why?” Why do you believe and follow Jesus? Was there a moment you came to faith? Or was it a process over many years? How have you experienced Jesus? What was the last thing Jesus told you? These are questions you may want to examine ahead of time and pray over. Get your “faith elevator pitch” ready.

8.  It’s ok to say, “I don’t know.”

Really, it’s ok! I’ve been teaching religion in our middle school for nine years, running our youth group for ten, teaching Confirmation for ten, and there are questions these kids ask I don’t know the answer too. You know what I tell them? “I don’t know the answer to your question. Instead of making something up, let me write it down and we can look it up together in His Word.” I have not lost their respect because I am unsure of how to answer a question; rather, they trust me more because I want to help them learn the Truth. We are constantly growing in our faith.

9.  Don’t be discouraged

People will be willing to chat with you about Jesus, until they don’t, which sometimes, they won’t. In fact some people will plug into their ear-buds, pretend to do something with their phone, or plain ignore you. Don’t be discouraged. Not every encounter will lead to a profession of faith right then and there, but you may be the one who plants that first seed. A seed the next person will water with the Word or encourage with the Light of Christ. The one who hears you hears Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me, and the one who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me. Luke 10:16 ESV

Matthew 28:19-20

Now it’s your turn. I’ve listed nine ways to confidently share Jesus and I invite you to share number ten. How do you confidently #ShareJesus with the people around you?

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5 thoughts on “Nine Ways to Confidently #ShareJesus

  1. Great words of wisdom. I especially appreciate that you included prayer and build relationships. So essential for sharing Jesus with our friends.

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  2. Thank you for this post! The title is what drew me in to these words of advice. I pray for opportunities to share the Word, but often times when I am given those opportunities, I find myself tailoring my language to suit the other parties’ comfort level. I have to remind myself that Jesus was never ashamed of who He was, nor should we be ashamed of who were are in Him!

    My #10 to your list: I love being able to tell people that I don’t have a “religion”, I have a relationship. That usually throws people off and they want to know more; it opens up incredible dialogue!

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