Help! I’m Terrified to Share the Gospel With People!
Written by Christi Given | March 3, 2018
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A PI Girl recently asked about sharing the Gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ) with people. She is nervous about sharing her faith and asked for some advice.
First, I’d suggest that you ask the Holy Spirit for boldness and that you ask for the words to say. The Bible says “he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). This means that we do not overshare with people and we allow them to ask questions, and we respond in love.
Next, I’d suggest that you start by building genuine relationships with people around you. I don’t advise you to just preach at people. We can shine our light, but God calls us to be “salt and light.” This means we don’t dump salt on our meal…we sprinkle it. The same goes with sharing the Word of God—we share little by little. I recommend that you build close friendships, and that is how people can open up to you, to know that you really care and they will be more receptive of what you have to say. I’d also recommend for you to be in the Word of God and for you to learn the scriptures so you’re always ready with an answer.
We may not have all the answers to people’s questions, but the good news is that the Bible is the answer. We may not be able to help lead everyone to Christ, but it is our job to be the messenger and for the Holy Spirit to convict. We can also pray for those who are unsaved around us. Ask the Lord to soften their hearts and to have the seeds of the Word of the Lord fall on good soil. Read the parable of the sower—it’s a good analogy of how the word of God is like seeds on our hearts.
Remember, God commands us to share the Gospel, but He will go before you and will not pressure you to share. Look at it this way: If you knew your friend was walking into a burning building, would you warn them? Yes, because you wouldn’t want them to walk into destruction. A life without God is eternity in destruction and darkness. We don’t want anyone without love, light and the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, so we must share the good news.
The bad news is we are all sinners and have fallen short of God’s holiness and glory. We can’t have the right relationship with the King of Glory without a proper sacrifice for our sins, so Jesus (the son of God, Messiah) was sent to earth to be born and live a perfect life without sin, then to die in the third day and rise again, defeating sin and death. We now have a relationship with God through the blood of Christ that cleanses me and you and that gives life. We are able to have communion with God through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
When you explain this to people, let them know God would have died for them even if they were the only person on earth. That is how much God loves us! He doesn’t want anyone to perish or to be distant from us. The Father sent His Son so we could come home and be reunited with Him in the family of God. God is love and He died for humanity to reconcile the fall of creation. We all sin and we all need a savior. No one is perfect, but Jesus (Yeshua) was the perfect lamb of God. Accept him today in your heart. If you already have, and need a sample prayer to share, click here.
Tips for Sharing the Gospel of Jesus With Friends or Those Who Aren’t Saved
1. Ask the Holy Spirit for boldness. “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:31)
2. Ask God to give you the words to say, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say…” (Luke 12:12).
3. Pray and ask the Lord to soften their hearts: Matthew 13 (parable of the sower).
4. Read the Word and be ready in season to give an answer or response. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).
5. Build genuine relationships with people before preaching. God wants communion with us; let us be in community and walk in love (Proverbs 11:30).
I am praying for you, for a renewed boldness and receptiveness from those you share the good news with! Jesus loves you so much!
PI Girls, do you have any advice on how to minister to people?