Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tips For Sharing Your Faith- Glorify, Testify and Apply

One of the more difficult aspects to following Christ for many is actually sharing our faith story.  Whether it's a cultural thing here in the US or the inability of the modern church to actually train people to share their faith, it's a thing.

So, here are a few easy tips to sharing your faith and pointing people to Christ.

1- Let people around you know you are a follower of Jesus Christ.  Your co-workers, classmates, family, friends (facebook friends/twitter followers) should know you are a Christian by your words and deeds.

2- Actually invite people to share their story with you.  It can be as simple as-
"Hey, tell me about where you grew up."
"What brought you here?"
"What are you doing this weekend?'

3- Listen, listen, listen.  Listening to other people share their story is a powerful experience if you really listen.  I've found that everyone has a pretty amazing life story if you just listen.  Listening means you care about someone enough to hear their story.

4- Share your problems with others- be honest and let people know how your faith has helped you.

5- Pass on some good reads to others like- "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson or "Heaven is For Real" by Todd Burpo.  Those are amazing books.

6- Speak well of your church and church leaders.  If you don't, it probably reflects more on your journey than your church.

7- Invite, invite, invite.  Most churches have several seeker friendly events throughout the year.  Some churches actually make worship a safe and friendly place as well.

8- If someone asks you a faith question you can't answer, set up a coffee with your pastor to talk about their question.

9- Start a Bible study and invite people to join.

10- Bring someone to Christmas or Easter services.

Finally, make sure that in all you do and say that you

Glorify God

That Your life is a living Testimony to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

and

Your apply the teachings of God's word and Jesus Christ to your life.

If you do these things, your life will serve as a beacon to those who are far from God.  Your life will light the way in the darkest storms.

Go in peace and go with God.

p.s. It wouldn't hurt to share the facebook status of your pastor or church page and invite others to join your in worship.