But sanctify the Lord God[a] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
I Peter 3:15
One of my favorite songs is “Pass it on” by Kurt Kaiser. In his lyrics, Kurt compares the effects of sharing your faith with a spark that starts a fire. He emphasizes that once you’ve experienced God’s love you want to pass it on.
As a new believer, you may find it difficult and quiet unnerving to share your faith. But at the same time you will have an overwhelming desire to tell everyone. Or as Kurt says, to shout it from the mountain top.
Allow me to give some soul winning guidance by using the acronym SHARE.
S – Solicit God’s guidance.
In Acts 8:26-40 the story is told of a Eunuch who was struggling with the scripture he was reading. God touched Phillip, a believer to go to that man, and explain that passage to him. This move of God was effective. The Eunuch understood, believed and chose to be baptized that very day.
That same God knows who is within your sphere of influence that needs Christ and how he wants to use you in his plan to bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus.
Pray and ask God to guide you to the right person at the right time and to give you an opportunity to share Christ with them.
H – Hang out with them.
Where you live, work, shop and play have all been strategically designed by God. You may never be called to a foreign mission field. Start where you are. Ask God to open up windows of opportunity for you to tell your peers about your relationship with God.
A – Act like a Christian
There is nothing more damaging to our faith than ungodly behavior. God calls us to live holy lifestyles. He expects our lives to mirror that of Jesus.
That’s the name tag that we wear, isn’t it? Christian = Christ like.
“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ”. I Corinthians 11:1
R – Recall how you came to Christ
Be willing to revisit your salvation experience with anyone who asks or anytime God gives you an opportunity. This does not need to be a long dissertation. Keep it simple. How did you come to know Jesus? That’s what they want, need to hear. Tell your story!
E – Share your experiences
In what ways has God been there for you? How has he been visible in your life? Has he healed you, delivered you, provided for you, and protected you? If so, tell it. Each shared experience will be a seed sown that God can fertilize to eventually bring another soul into the kingdom.
I guess you noticed that I didn’t share any “plan of salvation” script. There are many and they have been proven to be effective. However as a new Christian, I suggest that you let the veterans travel with the big guns. Use the tools that you have in your tool chest today. With time and a closer walk with the Lord you will grow in your methods of evangelism. For today, just SHARE!