Thursday, September 17, 2020, 10:41 am | No Comments »

When He walked the face of the earth, Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God, selected ordinary men and taught them how to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

In Luke 10: 1-12, He appointed the 72 sending them into every city and place. His instructions to them were: “The harvest is truly great but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Through the years, ordinary men are still spreading the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As believers, we should always be eager to share our faith with others. But it is not always easy.

In part 1 & 2, we discussed several ways that make sharing our faith less intimidating. Please find the articles in our blog under the resources tab.

This article is part 3, where we discuss the last bit of the physical approaches that we can apply to be better representatives of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

1. Always Depend on the Holy Spirit

When he was sending the disciples as witnesses, Jesus commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father (Acts 1:4).

By the promise of the Father, Jesus meant the Holy Spirit which He expounded in the following verse.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).  

The disciples were to become witnesses after they received the Holy Spirit. Every believer thus needs the power of the Holy Spirit to be an effective witness for Christ.

Without His power, wisdom and guidance, sharing our faith with others will be a real struggle. God wants us to depend on the Holy Spirit for the power, strength and wisdom we need to share our faith with others. Remember, it’s by God’s power that people get saved and not by our efforts.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek (Romans 1:16)

You don’t have to worry about what to say, the Holy Spirit will give the words to speak (See Luke 12).

 

 

2. Don’t Fear

Sometimes we don’t share their faith because we fear rejection, disapproval and ridicule. One way to conquer this fear is to go ahead and share your faith with the people in our circles anytime an opportunity arises.  Remember that God has not given us a spirit of fear.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)

God calls us to be confident, bold, and courageous. He told Joshua to do the same when he was faced with leading the Israelites towards conquering and entering the Promised Land.

The faith walk doesn’t mean that things will be easy but that God is with us every step of the way. But He asks that we act in faith without fear. It is written, the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38).

 

3. Live a Godly Life

Sometimes the roadblock to sharing our faith effectively has nothing to do with what we say but how we live. Saying we are believers is one thing but living out as a believer is something else.

The Bible in Matthew 7:16 speaks of how to know false prophets and says, ‘You shall know them by their fruit. ’

Our actions will always display what we believe in.

In 2 Corinthians 3:2, it is written, ‘You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.’

The Bible also says we are to be salt of the earth and the light of the world. What we do becomes the salt that flavors or the light that shines in darkness drawing people to God.

Living and acting out our faith can draw others to Jesus. Ask God to help you live a godly life that will draw others to Him.

Do you feel hopeless and need encouragement? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:53 am | No Comments »

As Christians, it’s important that we share the gospel with others because it’s God’s will for all people to know Him. Their hearts may be willing to follow Jesus and only need a person to share Jesus with them.

Jesus said it in Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few ”.

From this, we understand that the harvest of souls is ripe and exists, and that we need to be God’s workers on earth and help bring people to the truth.

However, we can agree it is easier said than done as sometimes we don’t know how to start or what to do – and so we don’t take the step. The good news is that every believer can learn how to share their faith with others effectively.

In part 1 of this series, we discussed 3 easy ways to make sharing our faith less intimidating. If you haven’t read it, please go to the resources tab on our website and find the article in our blog section.

In this post, we continue the series by sharing 3 more effective ways we can apply to be able to share your faith with others while still maintaining a high-level of respectability even with strangers.

 

1. Be a Friend by Showing Love

Sometimes all we need to do to demonstrte our faith with others is to be friendly and show love. In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches us to how to begin sharing the gospel by showing our love to others.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35). 

Jesus himself practiced this principle be becoming friends to hated tax collectors like Zacchaeus. He loved them no matter what they did or how hated they were that He ended up being referred to as a “Friend of Sinners".

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 11:19).  

If we are His followers, we need to be friendly and loving to everyone. God is love and by showing His love, we are sharing Him with others.

Because Jesus treated Zacchaeus differently (showed him love), he received salvation and His life was changed forever. He mirrored God’s unconditional love for others.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:7-8).

Sharing God’s love with others compels and impacts them. Show God’s love and friendship to strangers and the love of God will compel them to want to know this God who loves them unconditionally.

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

 

2. Let Others Know You Are a Christian and Represent Christianity

Do people around you know you are Christian? Sometimes this is where sharing your faith in a simple way should start.

When people know that you are Christian, they can come to you with ‘religious’ questions and right there you get an opportunity to share your faith with them. But then you should always be prepared to represent Jesus the right way.

But sanctify the Lord God 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… (1 peter 3:15)

However, letting people know you are a Christian is one thing and living like a Christian another.

It’s important to practice your faith. Apart from showing love, we should be merciful, be forgiving, etc.  for our  to light shine and draw the people around us to Christ.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 15:16). 

 3Share True Stories of God’s Power

Another effective way and crucial way to share our faith is by testifying who God is and what He has, or is doing in your life. This is powerful in that it demonstrates the power of God and His redeeming grace.

Sharing about God’s power encourages and inspires believers to hold on to faith. On the other hand, its inspires and ignites faith in people who are yet to know and encounter Jesus as they get a desire and faith to want to know this God.

Remember faith comes when we hear the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).  

Sharing stories about what God has done also describes his faithfulness so that people can recognize who He is.

We can learn from David in the book of Psalms as he was always testifying about God’s power, love and faithfulness. Here’s an example so such a Psalm.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples (Psalms 96: 2-3).

Do you feel hopeless and need encouragement? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


Saturday, August 29, 2020, 03:22 pm | No Comments »

Are you intimated by the idea of sharing your faith with others? For many believers, telling someone about Jesus is not an easy thing. But the truth is, sharing your faith with others can be a rewarding activity that not only brings others closer to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, but also strengthens your own faith.

Importantly, it is a command from God. Jesus told his disciples to go out and spread the Word of God.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

As such, every Christian who wishes to be faithful to God needs to share his faith with others because we are all disciples of God. But how can you as a believer go about sharing your faith with others?

In this blog post, we discuss ways you can apply to share your faith with others. Read on.

 

1. Pray for God to Provide Witnessing Opportunities

Sometimes in our excitement to witness to others, we rush ahead of God. We jump into witnessing without devoting time to pray about it. The right way to go about it is to commit it in God’s hands from start to finish.

Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established (Proverbs 16:3)

By so doing, God is able to lead us to open doors and opportunities for evangelism. Additionally, through prayer, our witnessing achieves the desired results.

 “Prayer is crucial in evangelism. No matter how logical our arguments or how fervent our appeals, our words will accomplish nothing unless God’s Spirit prepares the way.” - Billy Graham

See the following scripture by Apostle Paul on the importance of prayer so that God can open doors for the spread of the Gospel.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak (Colossians 4:2-4) 

 

2. Share the Gospel with Your Friends, Colleagues, and Neighbors

Have you ever had someone come across as very surprised after realizing you are a Christian all along? Such happens when we don’t mention our faith more often with people in our workplaces or probably neighborhoods.

Letting others know that you are a believer is a way to share your faith with others. It provides an opportunity to show others in loving and tangible ways who a Christian is and what they can do to become a Christian.

Remember the Samaritan woman at the well? Her story is recorded in the Gospel of John Chapter 4.  Once she encountered Jesus, she went back to her town and shared the experience and invited the villagers to come and see Jesus.

The end result was that many Samaritans from that town ended believing in Jesus because of her testimony (John 4: 39)

3. Invite Your Friends to go to Church with You

Another effective and easy way to share your faith is by asking a friend, colleague or neighbor to accompany you to a church service. Easy because it only requires you to only do an invitation. You can do so using a church service printed invite card or by word of mouth.

If they agree to accompany you, they can then get to hear a sermon. The experience in itself can either raises questions or awareness about Christ starting them on a faith building journey. Or, it can build faith in them to believe and receive Christ even though it may not happen the first time they attend the service.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14)

Many people came to know Christ because they were invited to a church service. So, don’t hesitate to invite your friend or neighbor to church. 

Do you feel hopeless and need encouragement? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


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