Share Your Faith Without Freaking Out

Ever get tongue-tied, weak-kneed or sweaty-palmed when it comes to telling people about Jesus?

I do.

Well, never fear again. This week on GUWG, we’ll be probing what the Bible says about how to share your faith without freaking out.

We’ll start with one of the few topics on which I am truly an expert: how NOT to share your faith. I have made every conceivable mistake you can possibly make in this area.

Without further ado, here’s GUWG’s official:

EVANGELISM “TO DON’T” LIST

Don’t Go It Alone. Never try to evangelize on your own. God gives us our very own personal “evangelism counselor” in the Holy Spirit. Listen to Him. (Acts 1:8, John 14:16)

Don’t Not Pray. Pray continually. Seek God’s will, not yours. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 22:42)

Don’t Have Dumb Arguments. The Bible says: “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23). It also tells us to “be kind to everyone” and to “gently instruct” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Don’t Get Puffy. The Bible says that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Evangelism is really all about love, not showing the world how much Bible-y stuff you’ve got stored away in your melon.

Don’t Blah Blah Blah. Don’t fill the air with words. Try listening more than you talk. Let the Spirit fill you with wisdom and help tame your tongue. (Proverbs 10:19, James 1:19)

Want evidence that we might need some work in this area? A research group asked people this question:

How would you describe Christians?

Here were the most frequent answers:

  • insensitive
  • hypocritical
  • hyper-political
  • judgmental
  • confusing
  • boring

Yikes. What should they see in us when we evangelize? If we’re truly full of the Spirit, here’s what the Bible says (Galatians 5:22-23):

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • self-control

Tune in tomorrow when we’ll start discussing how TO share your faith. In the meantime, avoid the above “To Don’ts” and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you every step of the way.

(Source: Barna Group. Image credit: Shutterstock.com)

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