As believers, we are overcome with gratitude that Jesus Christ saved us from our sins. We want to pass on the good news: This gift is available to all who believe! We desire for others to experience the life-giving forgiveness we have in Christ - we certainly don’t want to scare anyone off instead. So how can we share the gospel without being pushy?
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The key to sharing your faith without being pushy is genuinely caring for people and seeing the gospel in the right light.
1. Focus on Christ:
If your life is focused on Christ, sharing about Him will be a natural side effect. Make God your refuge, guide, and life’s purpose, and consequently stories about His goodness and grace will pour out of you.
2. Build Genuine Friendships:
See friends as people, not projects. Reach out to those who don’t know Christ out of a genuine desire to be their friend, rather than to gain a convert. Fake enthusiasm is noticeable. Nobody wants to be a charity case, but everyone craves a real friend - even you. So be one and gain one in return.
3. Jesus Saves:
You know that faith in Christ is the only way to not only spend eternity in heaven but also be reunited with God while here on earth. That truth has made a difference in your life. It has changed you, given you hope and a purpose. Caring is sharing, my friend. The gospel is not something we shove into people’s lives but rather a free gift of grace from the Almighty God that we get to share.
4. You Have a Story:
Share it! Your testimony of how you came to know Christ is valuable. It’s an experience nobody can deny you. You know who you once were, what Christ has done for you, and who you are now in Him. Talk about it!
5. God is in Control:
Ultimately, the Holy Spirit draws a person to Himself. He was, is, and will be working in your friend’s life way beyond your involvement. Pray for God to prepare your friend’s heart and for opportunity to share your faith. Pray for your friend’s salvation.
6. All in Good Time:
As you pray, listen for the Lord’s leading. Watch Him work in your friend’s heart. Don’t worry about awkwardly squeezing in the gospel message at every visit, but…
7. Be Ready:
Be prepared to share the basics about salvation. Believers are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. It’s not something we do, but rather a free gift of God which we receive. We have all fallen short of God’s glory and are in need of this gift to redeem us.
8. Duty & Privilege:
Don’t look at the task of sharing your faith with fear or as an unwelcome duty. God gives us the privilege to be a part of someone else’s salvation story. What a blessing!
9. Don’t Worry about Hard Questions:
The line, “I don’t know, but I can find out” still works, you know?! Likely, your friends do not expect you to have all the answers. They may ask out of genuine curiosity and will gladly wait or explore the answer with you. If they are asking combatively, they are likely not ready to hear the truth anyway.
10. The Bible Holds Truth:
Keep a few Scripture passages in the back of your head, even if you don’t remember them verbatim. You can paraphrase these conversationally when explaining the gospel.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
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The #1 Fear Keeping Believers from Sharing the Gospel
Whenever, I hear a group of women discuss evangelism, a few express the fear that someone may ask them a question about their faith that they cannot answer.
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Have a Scripture-confident Monday,