It’s all about relationships
It’s easy to pick up on what someone is interested in most of the time if we just stop and listen. If you went to an amazing new restaurant you would tell someone about it. Once you have become a Christ-follower, one of the most natural things you can do is to tell other people about your relationship with Jesus. We hope this guide will help prepare you to share your faith with someone else.
go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
Seven Practical Steps to Prepare to Share your Faith
- Write Down Your Story
Write down YOUR personal testimony. Before you start, pray and seek God’s guidance. Remember this is about you, not about a story you once heard from someone else, this should be personal. Make sure to include in it three parts in your story.
1. Your Life Before Christ – Do not glorify this part of the story, just explain you were living a lifestyle that was not aligned with God’s plan.
2. How You Met Christ – This is how I came to the place of saying “yes” to him. Explain what happened.
3. Life After Christ – Share how your life has changed since becoming a Christian & be specific. Let those you will be sharing that story with know there is a real difference.
- Be Brief
Once you have written out your story, see how long it takes you to tell it. You should be able to share your testimony with others in 3 – 5 minutes maximum. If you cannot tell your story in 3 – 5 minutes, your listener is going to stop listening. You want to keep that person interested in what you are telling them. Once you have explained your story, then they may begin asking you questions, and you can go into more details but again, be brief.
- Use Language a Non-Believer Will Understand
Avoid what we refer to as “Christian-ese”. Telling someone they can be “Sanctified, Washed in the blood,” or explaining that Pathways is a “Mono-thesitic Trinitarian Front-line Evenaglistic Non-Denominational Church” will leave people confused! Simply use everyday vocabulary to tell someone that, “Jesus Loves You”.
- Use Scripture in Your Testimony
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active.” (NIV). This doesn’t mean that you need to have a sermon prepared, but as you discuss your story, back up what you say with some scripture. This helps add credibility to what you say. We have prepared a pdf of some possible suggestions for you to utilize.
- Pray for Opportunities & Boldness
If we learn to ask God to send us opportunities to share our faith with others, he will! Have you ever met someone who seems like they are always leading someone to Jesus? Well, chances are that person probably wakes up every day and prays, “God I am available today to share my faith with someone, use me.”
- Practice & Prepare
When you have to deliver a presentation that is important to you, you practice. Well, what could be more important than sharing the Gospel with someone? So, take the time to practice. Practice with your spouse or a close friend! Take turns telling your story until your feel like you can present it well. There are a few things to consider when you do. Put yourself in the shoes of a non-believer & think about your story. Does it make sense? Does it sound credible? What details are missing? Is there a balance between the three aspects of your story (before Christ, how you met Christ, life since Christ).
- Understand the Potential for Change
Look at those around you as someone with a soul & think if I don’t share with them, they may never know Jesus. Remember, you are not trying to sell them anything or push a religion on them. You are trying to introduce them to a relationship with Jesus. So relax, have a normal conversation with them and tell them about Jesus.