Sharing Your Faith
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19
I’ve never struggled with sharing my faith with others. At least not in terms of having an internal desire to do so. Building up the courage at the moment, well that’s certainly been a struggle at times. But the desire to become competent in the ability to be used by God to see others come to know Him on a personal basis has been present from day one of my own Christian experience. I learned something crucial from the Roman Road about sharing with others and I want to share it with you.
I credit this desire in part due to the sermon preached at a family members funeral. My aunt passed away and her pastor explained in his sermon how she had received a crown in heaven. He said my aunt had been an active participant in church visitation, going out to people’s homes and on a recent visit she had prayed with several people to become Christians. So he knew she was in heaven right now with a crown she could lay at the feet of Jesus to represent her works she’d done here on earth in worship of Him.
What Will You Lay at the Feet of Jesus?
Well, that mental picture he drew for us hit me like a ton of bricks. If you’d have asked me at that point if I was a Christian my response would have been yes. But in reality, my ideology was works based, meaning simply I tried to be a good person. And I figured as long as I could find people in my mind, not as good as me, then I’d be okay. The problem was I’d been approaching heaven with the same mentality as I did the one-mile race in Junior High track. Most of the runners were running to win. Not me. I was simply trying not to get lapped by the leaders before the last lap. They were running to win. I was trying to just squeak by avoiding a humiliating finish. And that was my approach to heaven. No danger of overshooting it here, just trying to squeak by. No need to get all religious about anything. But thanks to God, He used of the tragedy of my aunt’s death for me to realize that if I died right that moment, I wouldn’t have anything and I mean anything to lay at the feet of Jesus.
Later, after becoming a Christian, learning to share my experience and asking others about their own relationship with God has been an intrinsic part of walking out my own Christianity. There are a lot of great resources and methods and tools available to use, but one of the best is the Bible itself. Highlight the passages that speak to you, marking and noting them for later use, and in no time at all, you will know exactly where to turn to.
Using the Roman Road to Share Christ
An adaptation of the Roman Road I’ve used often is as follows:
- Step 1. The first step is recognizing simply that we are all sinners. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23
- Step 2. The second is realizing someone will be held responsible for our sins and eternal life is available as a gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
- Step 3. The third step is accepting Christ died for our sins. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
- Step 4. And lastly, is confessing Jesus is Lord and believing He rose from the grave. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
The Sinners Prayer
After reading the scriptures with the person you’re sharing with simply ask if that sounds like something they would like to do. If so you can lead them in a simple prayer, “Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for me. I confess that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. Please come into my heart and save me. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose again. From this day forward, I want You to be the Lord of my life. In Your precious Name, amen.”
Discover the Joy of Sharing Your King
If you have never had the joy of praying with someone before consider giving it a try. You have nothing to lose and they have eternity to gain! The scriptures I’ve used in Romans are simply examples. Let God lead you and use whatever you feel led to share. But once you know Him as your King, He’s too good not to share with others!!! That’s My King Dr. S.M. Lockridge