PRAY! In Matthew 6:9, we can notice that Jesus emphasized prayer: “In this manner, therefore, pray…” In Luke 3:21, Jesus was “praying” – “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened” In James 5:18 the Scripture states: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Notice how the writer emphasizes prayer in the last part of the verse. Not just prayer, but an effective, fervent prayer.
Without this core element in our personal lives, we will not be able to share the gospel. Prayer is the most important and integral part of Christian life. We need to make this a priority in our lives. We also need to pray before witnessing. After all, Salvation is of the Lord (we HAVE to keep this in mind!). We need the guidance of Holy Spirit!
If one to accept Christ, it is not OUR effort that we should boast in; it is God’s work!
What are we then? We are the means; we are the instruments that God uses to reach other people. I am a strong believer in prayer. I do not believe that prayer is simply a way to communicate with God. Though prayer is communicating with God, it is more than mere communication; it is an attitude of total dependence on God.
2. Person to Person
This is the most effective way to share the gospel. Here comes the importance of our experience, that is, our salvation experience. This is our opportunity to share our relationship with God. If you are confident in your relationship with God, you will be confident in sharing about God. We must be honest and share the gospel; tell them why you think it is important to consider what you are saying.
If you are confident in your relationship with God, you will be confident in sharing about Him.Click to tweet
The important element here is not so much of WHAT you believe, but the WHY part. Be able to explain WHY you believe what you believe rather than saying – I believe so and so. Until you make the WHY you believe what you believe clear, you may not be making any sense.
Moreover, person to person communication works better because people are reading people. The person you are talking with could be observing you. If they notice any hint of uncertainty in your conversation, it will not be fruitful. In fact, one should be confident in their salvation; in the Lord. If not, then he/she must test their relationship with God.
Do you know that “email” still is one of the best option to communicate? Some may think that email is old school because we have now social media to connect. If you have an email address of someone, then you may write to them or send articles that are relevant. What if they block you? Well, at least you have tried. But, this cannot be the end of it – you can continue to pray!
4. Social Media
By the year 2018 the statistics show that 2.5 billion people will be on social media. Whereas, currently (2017), there are about 1.98 billion. This is a large number, and there is a great opportunity! We can use the social media platform to write posts; to tweet, and share with our friends what we think is important! We can even set the posts and tweets to public view so that everyone can see them! What we need to know about the social media is that not every post we share may reach everyone on the friend’s list. For example, some social media platforms have their way of limiting views. But, there are ways to share your message.
Not all have the gift to write. What I mean is, some are excellent at writing, and some are not. But, if you are not good at writing, do not be discouraged about it. Practice writing! The more you practice, the better writer you will become! You may say: well, I am not good at grammar; I am not good at structuring sentences. It is ok!
There are tools, such as, Grammarly and Hemingwayapp, that will help you with the grammar and sentence structure issues. Once you start writing about relevant matters, you can then blog them. Blogging is an incredible tool. Through this means, you can reach a large audience.
Yes, there are millions of blogs as of 2016. So what? You can still set up a blog on any blogging platform and start writing! The key is to start writing! [My blogging platform is WordPress, self-hosted. Remember, there may be someone who wants to hear what YOU have to say, and only YOU can lead them in the right direction!
No way. Cannot do this. Is this what you thought? Hold on now. Just like blogging, a podcast is an excellent way to share your beliefs, thoughts, and interests. The interesting thing about podcasts is that people get to “hear” your “voice.” Yes, blogging will reach many. But, they can only “ read,” Whereas podcasting, they can hear your voice.
You may ask: aren’t there tons of podcasts already? Yes! There are millions of podcasts, and thousands of podcasters. Like I said earlier, so what? You are a unique person, and you have a unique way that only you can reach others in the way you can. Do not get intimidated with the statistics. Trust the Lord, share the gospel. It is ultimately God who is going to guide you (which relates to the first point: Pray).
The bottom line is this: if you have a heart, you have a way. In other ways, if you have the heart to do something, you will find a way to do it.
Question: What are some other ways to share the gospel? Let me know in the comments below!
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