Keys to Sharing YOUR Faith: 2 of 2


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“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16 (NET)

My friend, the verses used throughout this post are your “rally cry” for sharing your faith. Remember, it’s called a “personal relationship” for a reason. It’s a decision one makes simply between God Almighty through Christ. Nobody can decide this for us. We all have a choice to accept or deny it. 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NET) 

If your attempting to lead a person to Christ, it can easily be explained like this:

A– Accept Christ into your heart.

B– Believe He died on the cross to save you from your sins and rose again.

C– Confess your sin and ask Him to forgive you and come into your heart. Decide to come to Him with a repentant heart. It’s as simple as that! 

After you’ve explained this simple truth, I would suggest asking them if you can lead them in a simple prayer of salvation where you say the prayer out loud and have them repeat it with you from their mouth and heart. Remember, if they’re only words and don’t come from the heart, they’re not really authentic and God won’t be fooled. It’s not about the words but the heart decision to follow Christ and lay our sin down at His precious feet in repentance and seeing our need for a Savior, not just a “fire escape” or “get out of jail for free” card.

Pray something like this, “Dear Jesus, I’m sorry for my sin. I believe that you came to die for me. I want to accept your gift of salvation. Please come into my heart and save me and make me a new person. I want to be your child. Amen.” 

Men, this trusting prayer is so simple and it takes the faith of a child, believing that, “if my Heavenly Daddy said it, I believe it.” After you’ve lead someone to receive Christ, encourage them as a “baby-Christian” to start getting involved in a good, Bible-believing church and to get plugged into a smallgroup to grow in their faith. Also, encourage them to start reading in the New Testament books of the Bible to better understand their decision to accept Christ and follow the Lord. Romans is excellent!  I also really like Rick Warren’s, “The Purpose Driven Life” book to help them understand what they just did to grow in their new, personal decision of faith. 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”Romans 3:23 (NET)

Men, leading people to Christ and opening your mouth to witness shows real boldness and manliness. It’s risking ridicule and rejection to fulfill your responsibility to God. People used to die in sharing their faith and one day us Christians will be persecuted again for our faith. This is already happening in other countries around us.

After all, keep in mind that we would be cowards if we had a life raft but wouldn’t give it to someone who’s drowning in front of us. Salvation is a life raft! It’s a personal relationship but it’s not supposed to be kept silent and to ourselves. Don’t be ashamed of your faith. Be bold. Be willing to share. Live free in it and let it flow!

“For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 6:23 (NET)

If someone ridicules your faith, they’re not rejecting you, they’re really rejecting God, but it’s also so important to make sure your lifestyle isn’t turning them off to becoming a follower of Christ either. Remember, you’re the only Bible some will ever read! Sobering thought huh?! Think about it. Do it!

God will reward your boldness and strength for Him as His son! There’s no greater blessing and rush of spiritual adrenaline than bringing a lost soul to Christ! Unsaved people may not understand your “Spiritual lingo” but they will understand your spending time to talk with them out of love. They may not know the Source of your love but they can feel love through your actions and taking the time to spend with them and show your compassion. Love is spelled “T.I.M.E.”  Even Christ put Himself around the sinners and unsaved people to reach them while keeping His fellow Christians closest to Him in His inner circle while doing so.

Often, you may not be able to lead a person all the way into the “end zone” of salvation, but you can bring them “a few yards closer” to it each time they hear about God’s love for them. I’ve heard it said that it takes on average about 7 topical conversations or “touches” to bring a person across the line to accepting Christ.

One of the greatest tragedies in life are cowardly Christians making their relationship with God “so personal” that they never share the good news with others around them.

Sincerely, with All of God’s Love for You,

Jeremy D. Pestor

 

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