|Sharing Your Faith - Lesson 1
LEARNING TO SHARE 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.– Matthew 28:19
“…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” – 1 Peter 3:15
Prayer is essential. Learn to pray the B.B.O. prayer every day.
Pray for a Burden for souls, Boldness to share, and the Opportunities to share.
God is the lumberjack. We are the axe.
Involve others in your plans. Accountability, interest, and prayer work wonders!
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:15-16
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Luke 12:40
Rich man & Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) – Rich man went to hell. He wanted to just dip the tip of his finger in water to cool his tongue because of the agony. He wanted to warn his five brothers.
Man going to be executed would’ve “crawled across the country on broken glass” to keep people from going to hell
START IN YOUR BACKYARD
Start with the people you know the best. You’re much more likely to reach people you know. You have all-important common ground to start from. Family, friends, co-workers, and teammates are first priorities.
Make a “Most Wanted List”. Actually take a piece of paper and write down the names of people you want to reach. Writing down goals has proven extremely effective in studies. In 1952 a Yale University graduating class was asked if they wrote down their goals. Only 3% wrote down their goals. 20 years later they surveyed the same group and found that the 3% who wrote down their goals had more wealth, power, and prominence than the other 97% combined!
YOU ARE A SALESMAN
You MUST know your product, but you DON’T have to know EVERYTHING!
You MUST be able to say, “I don’t know but I’ll find out.”
You MUST believe in what you’re selling
You MUST be excited about what you’re selling
You MUST point out consumer’s need
You MUST NEVER pre-determine who will buy and who won’t. “Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." – Mark 4:9. You will be SHOCKED at some of the people who are ready to whip out their credit card and buy!
Every good salesman has a good story to go along with his product.
A Christian should have a three-part story (testimony). Part one is the story of your life before Christ. Part two is the story of when you made your decision to follow Christ. Part three is the story of your life after you were saved. Take time to write down your story. Read it at least once a day.
Practice sharing your story to a family member, friend, or the mirror.
PEOPLE RESPECT GOD, THE BIBLE, THE CHURCH
This approach will work with those who believe in God and have respect for the scriptures. Someone who does not believe in God and has no respect for scriptures is not unreachable, but reaching them oftentimes can be much more complicated.
Most people believe in a “higher being” and have respect for the Bible itself.
There is a great scene in the movie, “The Apostle”, of Billy Bob Thornton trying to tear down a church building with a tractor. Robert Duvall lays an open Bible down in the path between the tractor and the church. Thornton won’t drive over the Bible.
In the movie “Lost Souls” one of the actors describes himself as an atheist with no belief in God, but then talks about how “eerie” and “blasphemous” he felt filming the movie inside a church building.
Weddings and funerals almost always have some type of religious reference
YOUR PLAYBOOK – THE BIBLE
Along with the respect people have for the Bible, people would much rather hear what the Bible has to say than what you think, your parents think, your minister thinks, etc.
Always have a New Testament handy – “Derringers” (pocket-sized New Testaments) will keep you “armed” at all times
“Derringers” are less intimidating than “Shotguns” (large coffee table-sized bibles) if opportunity arises on airplane, in gymnasium, in restaurant, etc.
Find a version that’s easy to read and understand (NIV, Easy-to-read versions)
USING YOUR BIBLE – A STARTING POINT
Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, and Tony Gwynn are some of the best hitters baseball has ever seen. They all shared one common skill that helped make them great hitters. THEY KNEW HOW TO PICK UP THE BAT!
Using a pen, you will write the following verses at the top of each page in your Bible (yes, it’s okay to write in your Bible) in the following order with each verse taking you to the next one in order. You can change the order or add other verses. This just gives you a starting point.
Turn to Romans 3:23. This is your first verse in the game plan. At the top of the page where Romans 3:23 is, write Romans 6:23.
Turn to Romans 6:23. At the top of the page where Romans 6:23 is, write John 3:3-5.
You get the picture. Here are the other verses in order (cont’d on page 3):
Learning to Share Your Faith page 3
1 Peter 3:18-22