By Pastor Joshua Hall
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“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” Psalm 51:1-2 (ESV)
Who Can Share Their Faith?
Before we can share our faith, we must have true faith! No one who has not prayed a prayer of repentance similar to this prayer of David has faith to share! David broke all ten of the commandments in a very blatant manner. But when he was confronted by Nathan the prophet, he repented and wrote this beautiful psalm. Verse after verse cried out to God for a pure heart, a renewed spirit, and for the holiness which only God can give.
You may find it interesting that David believed evangelism to be the natural response to the forgiveness of sin. Consider verses 13-14:
“Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.” (Emphasis mine)
Once David experienced the forgiveness of sin, once he was cleansed by our merciful God, then he proclaimed the praises of God. Evangelism is nothing less than telling the world of God’s greatness and goodness. It is praising God to others, which is an act of worship.
If you have experienced repentance and the forgiveness of God in Jesus Christ, then you are qualified to share your faith!
How do I share my faith?
Sharing your faith can be as simple as telling others about how great God is and how he forgave your sins, and living out your faith.
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” I Peter 3:15-16
When we live our lives according to God’s Word, when the love of Christ flows through us and we help those in need, tell the truth when it is unpopular, and do what is right even when it cost us, then the world will ask us why we are so different and our answer is, because we know the love of Jesus. And if we endure suffering and trials in this life for the sake of Christ, we know that in the next life we will be rewarded.
This type of evangelism is what I call passive evangelism. When others ask us why we are so different, we respond with the good news about Jesus which has changed our lives. But there is another type of evangelism, active evangelism.
Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.”
This verse could be referring to winning friends for this life, but if it is wise to win friends, it is even better to win souls for Christ. For those friends will be with us for all of eternity!
Jesus may have had this in mind when he called the twelve disciples in order to teach the to be ‘fishers of men’ (Matthew 4:19).
Here is a simple tool for sharing your faith with others. This is a variation on an often used method of sharing the faith known as the Roman Road. I recommend committing these verses to memory.
Cite Romans 3:23
Say, “We have all sinned, which means that we have done what is evil in God’s sight.”
Refer to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 (Be sure to study it first!)
Ask, “Have you ever lied? Or Cheated? Or lusted? Or stolen? Or dishonored your parents? Or used curse words? Have you served God with all your heart your whole life?
Cite Romans 6:23
Say, “We have all sinned, and because of our sins, we deserve to die.”
Cite Hebrews 9:27
Say, “Death is not the end. When we die, we will face judgment.”
Refer to Matthew 25 (Be sure to study it first!)
Say, “Some who think they follow Christ do not have a personal relationship with Jesus and will face the judgment and be condemned to hell.”
Cite Romans 5:8 and John 3:16
Say, “God loves us and does not want us to die in our sins, face the judgment, be condemned and go to hell! So the Father sent the Son to become a man, live a perfect life, and die the death we should have died that we might be saved.”
Cite Romans 10:9-10
Say, “We need two things to be saved: first, we need faith to believe in Jesus; that He died in our place, was buried,
and rose on the third day. Second, we need to surrender our lives to Jesus our savior. He is the King of Kings, and His Word is our law. In making Him our King, we become His disciples. We commit ourselves to learning His ways, and living life together with His people.
If your friend believes the gospel and wants to be saved, invite your friend to pray a prayer with you which goes something like this:
Almighty God, I know that I am a sinner deserving judgment. I know that you loved me enough to become a man and die in my place. I believe your Word the Bible when you say that Jesus rose again on the third day and is now reigning in heaven. I commit my life to serve you, Jesus, you are my King and Lord. I trust you to save me from my sins, to give me a new life, and to help me to learn your ways. I know that this is just the first step in following you, Jesus, and I ask that you will help me find a good church to join where I can learn more about you and serve you. Amen
Invite your friend to attend church with you, or if he or she can’t make it to your church, help them find a good church in their area. Stay in touch with your friend if possible. They will face many challenges as a Christian and will need help. Pray for them regularly.
By the way, make sure you pray for your lost friends and neighbors. And pray that God will work in their hearts when you share your faith with them. We pray because we know that only God can save others. Our message cannot change hearts, but God can. And He uses us when we ask for His help and share His Word.
Finally, give God the glory when someone comes to faith in Jesus. He is the one who does the work! We are just the messengers!