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Being real while sharing the gospel with others

I was once asked, “How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?” Let’s look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively.

We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God’s love will show through. When you go forth under the power of the Holy Spirit your natural aversion to boldness is overcome by the power of God. It is God’s will that each Christian be empowered to reach others. Don’t become discouraged as it takes practice and nervousness is normal. The scripture says:

“For we are not given a spirit of fear, but of love, power and soundness of mind.” (2 Tim. 1.7)

There is no better example to follow than our Lord Jesus Christ. He was real to the persons he met throughout His incarnation. Follow His example in building trust with people. Prepare ahead of time with a prayer life filling your ‘quiet time’. Again, ask God to burden you with the ‘lost sheep’ of the world.

Along with that love and boldness you need to be discerning. What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? Is this the time and place for a gospel presentation or simply the “planting of a seed” with a tract or word of Christian encouragement? Going from person to person umder your own power is fruitless and a waste of time.

I attended a seminar led by Dr. Darrell Robinson several years ago. One thing that I learned from is that developing a personal relationship is often the most effective way to evangelize people that you meet in day to day life.

This is from Dr. Alvin Reed, called “Reaching the Radically Un-churched.”

“My colleague, David Black employs what he calls the CPR approach: cultivate, plant and reap. You intentionally cultivate relationships wherever you go, plant the Word of God, then reap.”

“Every unsaved person (those who have not committed to a relationship with Jesus), regardless of how unchurched he or she is, can determine three things about you and I as believers.

First, unbelievers know if we genuinely care about them. Genuine love for people can trump many differences. People don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care.

Second, they can sense if we are walking in the presence of God, if the hand of God is on our lives, if we continuously walk with Jesus.

Third, they can tell if we believe what we share about Jesus. Many lost people don’t believe in Jesus because they aren’t convinced that we believe in Him.”

Isn’t that a sad commentary?

Living a Christian life is an essential aspect of sharing the gospel effectively. If you are plagued by guilt then you are not in any shape to witness. Guilt gets in the way of the Holy Spirit working in your life. Go before God and confess your sins.

You will have no credibility if you do not live a life guided by obedience to Jesus!. People will see through insincerity and you will lack the power that comes from an effective prayer life.

How often do we say, “I’ll pray for you” but never do so? One of the best things that we can do is offer to pray with that person on the spot! When I meet people in my ministry, I always emphasize my desire to pray for them. Here are three final things to remember:

1. Trust leads to a relationship. You will be pleasantly surprised how good the reaction is to this in any setting…and you often gain a friend! Some of the most miserable and hostile people can change dramatically when someone cares enough to pray for them.

2. A Relationship leads to friendship. Be intentional about following up on these new acquaintances. Ask how they are doing and tell them you have been praying about their concerns. When they see prayers answered, praise God and give Him the glory.

3. You now have the trust that it takes to share the gospel and “love” that person into the kingdom…under the awesome power of the Holy Spirit!

One final thought: You are responsible only for sharing with others, not for the result. Don’t be asfraid to speak up because you don’t “know enough”. God will give you the words that He needs when you are being obedient!

“For we are not given a spirit of fear, but of love, power and soundness of mind.” (2 Tim. 1.7)

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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