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Five Tips for Sharing the Christian Faith

Updated on April 19, 2010

All Christians are called to share Jesus with others in this world.

Jesus told his disciples, "whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33).

Jesus also told them, "Go and make disciples of all nations and teach everything that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19, 20).

This hub outlines tips on sharing your faith with others who do not yet believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Be a Living Example

The first tip to effective witnessing or personal evangelism is to be a living example. This means to be as much as possible practice what you preach. Moreover, Christianity is anchored by the qualities of grace and forgiveness; so to be an effective witness you need to display a gracious attitude to others around you. Now, this does not mean that you have to be perfect; for no one is perfect and to act like you are would be phony and counterproductive. Be real, extend grace to others, and ask forgiveness when you offend others. Effective personal evangelism begins with being a living example.

Build Relationships with Those who Don't Know Jesus

The second tip to effective personal evangelism or witnessing about Jesus is to build relationships with those who do not know Jesus. More often than not, when a person receives Jesus and begins attending church on a regular basis, they begin hanging around with other Christians and stop hanging out with non-Christians. After a few years, many Christians don't have any real relationships with non-Christians. However, Jesus commanded all Christians to be his witnesses to those who do not yet know him. This means each Christian should build relationships with others who do not know who Jesus is.

Learn the Basic Tenets of the Gospel of Jesus

The third tip is to learn the basic tenets of salvation through Jesus Christ. The basic tenets of salvation through Jesus include:

  • Eternal Life cannot be earned through man's good deeds, but is a free gift offered by God through his Son Jesus Christ.
  • The reason humans cannot earn eternal life is because they are sinners and do not measure up to God's standard of perfection.
  • Since God is holy and righteous he cannot accept humans as sinners and must punish them for their sin; for the wages of sin is death.
  • To save man from eternal death, God sent his Son Jesus to die as a sacrifice in our place so that all who believe in his Son Jesus could escape the penalty of sin and have eternal life with God.

Along these lines attend an evangelism training program such as:

Evangelism Explosion Training or EE

Campus Crusade's Four Spiritual Laws

Share Your Faith without Fear

or The Roman Road

Make a List of Those You Know Who Do Not Know Jesus and Pray for Them Every Day

The fourth tip to effective personal evangelism and sharing your faith is to make a prayer list of those who do not yet know Jesus and pray for them every day. The only one who can move your friends and family members, co-workers and acquaintances to salvation is the Holy Spirit. Pray often that the Holy Spirit will prepare the hearts of those people to be open to good news of Jesus Christ.

Prepare Your Mind and Your Heart Each Day

The fifth tip to effective personal evangelism or witnessing is to prepare your heart and mind each morning before you go out and engage your daily routine. Read and meditate on God's word; go over the basics of the Christian faith; and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There are many distractions in this life; we often get overwhelmed with the different things which happen throughout the day. Taking the time each morning to prepare your mind and heart will help you be ready to share when the opportunity unveils itself.

Open Your Mouth and Speak

 The sixth tip for personal evangelism is to open your mouth and speak. In order to share the good news of Jesus, you have to trust God, open your mouth, and share the message. Lifestyle evangelism sets the stage for verbal witnessing, but some day some time you have to speak the words. Time is short, you never know when someone's life will end. Tomorrow could be too late. Have faith in God and share the good news of Jesus today. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.

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      villar 6 years ago from Hong Kong

      thanks for the tips... I really like this.... Make a List of Those You Know Who Do Not Know Jesus and Pray for Them Every Day this is very helpful. Thank you & God bless you

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      jc43351 6 years ago from Ohio

      I would like to suggest another verse you can put in your introduction. Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Another verse for your hub: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32"

      Our pastor always telling us to becareful who we have our friends and associations with. He agrees we need to share the gospel ofcourse but he says its much easier for them to pull us down then for us to lift them up. Meaning if I was on a hill and someone was on the buttom of it I would have a very hard time pulling them up and they have an easy time bringing me down. I see my wife falling into this error time after time. Almost all her friends and family are of the world and most likely not saved and they are always bringing her down.

      Great work and great suggestions. Stay encouraged, share the gospel, see lives saved, and glorify our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. God bless :)

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      ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

      silly me, thank you for your comments. I hope many will be able to use these points to share their faith with their friends and loved ones.

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      silly me 6 years ago

      Great hub! Very well written. Great tips on sharing your faith - I can only agree with you.

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      ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

      tim, I praise God too that you were blessed by this hub abd found the hub helpful. I pray that many more will come to know the Lord because of your faithfulness.

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      tim kenner 6 years ago from Greater Orange County

      This is really a good hub, it encourages me and helps me gain some valuable insights and tools to help be in evangelism which I greatly desire to do more of. I thank God that you are doing these works and I look forward to reading all that you do, God bless you!!!

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      ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

      Thamuss, I appreciate your encouragement and your comment. I think you are right when you say most people in the church today are not intentional about building relationships outside their inner circle. That was a very good point.

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      Thamuss 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Well written. I think that step two is the one that is the biggest hindrance for us to actually speak to a person about Christ...creating relationships. The church needs to intentionally create relationships with those who don't know Christ, but the fact is, most people don't know how to create new relationships intentionally. We tend to fall into new relationships as our career, education, and social circumstances change. But intentionally...I think that most don't know how to do so, while a significant portion are just uncomfortable doing so. May we who belong to Father learn to be effective tools for the kingdom. Again, Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      What a teriffic Hub outlining Christian living in it's simplicty I love it.

      Brother Dave.

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      Dave Sibole 7 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      Great hub. Just down to earth tips anyone with a personal realtionship with Christ can do. Thanks for sharing.

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      Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

      thanks for the refocusing thoughts.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub. Walking the talk by being that example of a Christian is so important. You really made a great list of tips. Thanks.

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      ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California

      Hi thanks for all your encouragement. I pray that these tips help others share their faith and help many others know the love of the Lord God of all and his Son Jesus.

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      ii3rittles 7 years ago

      Great hub! Very helpful for Christians!

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Very good hub...with great practical points to consider and implement.

      You said, I quote, "we often get overwhelmed with the different things which happen throughout the day." End quote.

      When I first read this I thought of the word you used, "Overwhelmed." I don't get overwhelmed with my day, I thought...I love my days these days...:)

      Then Spirit asked, "How many days go by where you are not aware of my presence for many hours at a time in the day?" I stopped short...my day had been allowed to overwhelm me, become my soul focus. It may not have 'overwhelmed' me in that I had too much to do...but in that what I was doing became my soul purpose and focus. Have to contemplate more on this...it is a good thought and prompting I need to follow up on...thanks for sharing

      Good way to start a day...mulling over something Spirit has highlighted from a hub reading!

      Blessings to you!

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Great suggestions!!

      Forever His,