Sharing Your Faith
Jesus’ followers are fishers of men (Matthew 4:19). Timing is critical to fishing. When people feel stressed, they’re more receptive to the gospel.
It’s best to move from small talk to God talk privately. Don’t project an “I’m better than you are” attitude. You’re not. You’re one beggar telling another where to find food.
Two questions can help bridge the conversation to spiritual things. The first is for people facing tough times. Ask, “Do you feel a need to be closer to God?” If the answer is “Yes,” say, “Let me show you how you can be.” Then share “How to Become Jesus’ Follower.”
Another possible question is, “What’s the best thing that ever happened to you?” Listen attentively. Then ask if you may share your best thing. Share in about 1 minute what your life was like before receiving Jesus as your Forgiver and Leader. A second minute about what you did to receive Him. A third minute about why it’s the best thing that’s happened to you. Think about your story and write it down before you share it with others. After sharing it, ask: Have you made the wonderful discovery of knowing God personally? Would you like to? If “Yes,” you can review “How to Become Jesus’ Follower.”
How to Become Jesus’ Follower
The first thing to know is that you’re a sinner. Romans 3:23 says that we’re all sinners and have fallen short of God's glory, which is His infinite perfection in all He does and is. In other words, we can’t stand back to back with Jesus and exactly measure up to His moral and spiritual height. That’s a big deal. Romans 6:23 says the penalty for not measuring up to that standard is death. We have a problem.
The second thing to know is Jesus died on the cross in your place (Romans 5:8). God showered His unmerited favor upon you, doing more than you could reasonably expect. God, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, took your place and paid your death penalty (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He was buried and rose from the dead to prove that God is satisfied with His payment on your behalf. Justice has been served. The penalty is paid in full. The innocent One took the place of the guilty.
The first thing to do is to turn from living life according to your own values, priorities, and agenda. The U-turn to go God's way is what the Bible calls repentance. Repentance is acknowledging that you’ve been going the wrong direction and now want to go the right direction. In Mark 1:15 Jesus commands you to repent and believe the good news (that He died in your place on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead).
The second thing to do is to open the door of your life to Jesus. Invite Him to come in and take the driver's seat of your life. He promises that if you open the door, He will come in (Revelation 3:20). He keeps His promises. When you receive Him into your life, you become God’s child (John 1:12).
You can open the door to Him by the following prayer which has no magic words but merely expresses the attitude of a heart that is willing to go God's way.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for dying on the cross in my place and taking my sin, death, and judgment upon Yourself. I open the door of my life to You. I want You to come into my life and take control. Turn on the light and clean up the mess. I thank You for forgiving my sins and making me a child of God. I want to be like You. Amen. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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