7 Reasons to Not Fear Sharing Your Faith

by Kevin Halloran

Share FaithHearing the word ‘evangelism’ sends a shiver down the spine of many Christians.

“I won’t know what to say.”  “I want to get to know the person better.”  “They seem like they wouldn’t be open to the Gospel.” “Evangelism is not my spiritual gift.”

There are many common reasons people use as excuses for following the commands of Scripture to share the gospel (Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15).

Here are some truths from Scripture that will encourage you to take a step of faith out of your comfort zone and into the exciting world of sharing your faith in Christ:

1. It is by the power of God that people are saved.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… Romans 1:16

Knowing that people are saved only through the power of God and not human effort or ability to persuade should provide comfort for those seeking to make a kingdom difference.  This also takes the pressure off when people are not responding the way we want, because we know we are not responsible for the salvation of a particular person, but God is.

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2. When you share your faith, you get a deeper understanding of Christ.

When we testify to others how God saved us from sin and God’s wrath, has made us a new creation in Christ, and has filled us with joy and peace by the Holy Spirit, we are reminded of God’s awesome work in our own lives and deepen our love and understanding of Christ.

In Philemon 6 the Apostle Paul says to Philemon, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” (NIV).

3. Even Jesus was rejected.

Success in evangelism is measured not in the outcome, but in your obedience to following the command of Christ.  The story of the Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler in Matthew 19:16-30 gives a great picture of this.  The young man approached Jesus interested in hearing how to get to heaven.

You would think that any encounter with Jesus, the Son of God who himself has power to grant saving faith, would have been a sure-fire conversion.  This was not the case…

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