Elaborating on our faith can be daunting at first, but it becomes so much easier once we realize that it’s simply sharing the love that God has already shown us.
There is no formula to this kind of stuff, but we’ve put together a few quick tips that can help you if you’re not sure where to start.
Rest and know that God gives us these opportunities to share His good news. Don’t limit what He can do through you – Pray, ask for courage, and believe that the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say. Jesus tells his disciples not to worry what to say, “for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (Matthew 10:20).
When your friend asks you what you believe, don’t hold back! Trust that God has given you the ability to share His life-changing truth. If it’s on a public comment or something, continue the conversation in private by messaging them. Say you’re happy to talk about it with them, then… talk about it!
You can start by saying you believe that God is our creator, but that our choice to sin separated us from Him. Explain that, because of His great love, God the Father sent Jesus His son to take the punishment that we deserved. Talk about how we can be in perfect relationship with God our Father again if we accept that Jesus really was our savior, and explain how the Holy Spirit comes to live within us as our personal guide.
Remember - you don’t want to talk AT your friend the whole time. This could get old real fast. Instead, you want to honor where they are on their own personal journey. They could have a very distorted image of God. It’s good to ask questions to better understand and discern what to share.
Share your story.
Your testimony is far more powerful than you think, so share it with your friend. Why? Because it automatically shows them who Jesus is in a very real and personal way! Sharing how God has changed your life can be super encouraging. Be vulnerable by sharing your own struggles or difficult circumstances you have gone through, and explain how God used those times to bring about good things. Your testimony reflects God’s glory.
Be a good friend.
One thing I will always stand by – Actions speak greater than words. Your friends will remember most the way you make them feel. We should be friends with non-believers, investing in their lives and loving them wherever they’re at. If your friend is going through a really difficult time, be the first to comfort and encourage them and have a willing heart to help in any way needed. Those can be some of the best ways to share Jesus.
This blog was inspired by an article by Richard Hillier, RELEVANT. You can read it here.
We are a small group of 20 to 30 somethings who are passionate about reaching our generation with the gospel. We recognize it can sometimes be hard to start a conversation about Jesus though, so we’ve made it our mission to help believers across the globe share their faith.