Talking about our faith can be tough. How can we get started in sharing how someone can come to faith in God?
The following five options offers some ways you can more naturally share what you believe. Try one and let us know what happens!
Way #1: Ask, “What’s your spiritual background?”
By asking about a person’s spiritual background, you offer an open-ended, non-threatening way for another person to discuss their faith story. The good news is that a person is often more willing to also listen to your story after sharing their own.
Way #2: Find common ground
It’s hard to share a conversation with another person when we don’t have a common interest. Ask questions to discover common likes. Whether a sport like baseball or a certain film, common ground provides a basis for additional discussion.
Once you’ve discovered an area the two of you can easily discuss, build a bridge to faith issues. This can often be done by noting a particular person or event. For example, if a friend’s interest is baseball, talking about the testimony of a Christian baseball player can effectively open a faith discussion.
Way #3: Serve another person
Chick-fil-A has become known for its legendary customer service. However, one reason their service is effective is because it is based on the biblical principle to treat others the way you would like to be treated.
By serving another person, we spark a curiosity regarding why we serve. When another person is curious, you can talk about the motive for your service, your faith in Jesus Christ and desire to share His love with others.
Way #4: Persistent friendship
Most people don’t believe in Jesus the first time they hear about Him. Instead, it takes numerous times to build trust until a person is ready to make a decision.
Even advertisers know repeated exposure to a message is key to effective advertising. If you want someone to trust in Christ, it usually takes a longer-term approach that builds trust.
Way #5 Answer questions
First Peter 3:15-16 tells us to be prepared to give an answer for the hope within us. Part of our responsibility in sharing our faith is to answer the questions of those who ask tough questions about our faith.
You don’t have to be a scholar to be effective. Instead, be curious and look up what you do not know to help someone else grow one step closer to following Christ.
When we discover a person’s spiritual background, build on common interests, serve others, persist in friendship, answer the tough questions of others, we will be more likely to help those we love to know the one who loves them most.
Your effort to share your faith is important. Take bold action today and share your faith with someone in your life.