“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42)
There’s a common phrase in Christianity: “Preach the gospel everyday, when necessary use words.” What it’s getting at is our actions speak louder than words. And while there’s truth to this statement, I don’t like using it, and here’s why. The gospel is a verbal transaction. You have to use words. That’s what Jesus did, that’s what the apostles did, and that’s what we need to do.
But as I’ve said before, sharing our faith, engaging in that verbal transaction, can be difficult and intimidating. It takes courage to speak up when you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you.
The last several weeks we’ve gone through helpful steps to share your faith. Recognize the Supernatural, Confront the Confusion, Communicate the Essentials, Read the Reaction, Ask for a Response, Trust God with the Results, and today’s final word: Commit to the Fundamentals.
Acts 2:42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” That’s it. And the way we can live out Act 2:42 today is to devote ourselves to the personal study of God’s Word and commit to the local church. When we do this, everything else becomes easier.
So now that we’ve gone through 7 steps to sharing your faith, let me challenge you with 5 things to help you share your faith.
#1: Pray each day for someone with whom you can share your faith. Maybe you don’t know who it is, and the prayer is for the Holy Spirit to reveal that person to you. If you already know, pray that God would be tilling the soil of their heart to be receptive.
#2: Be ready to respond when the opportunity presents itself in the way that God leads. Be thinking about what you would say if you had an hour with someone, if you had just a half hour, or even just 5 minutes.
#3: Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in the moment. As the Holy Spirit presents the opportunity, He will be with you and give you the words to say.
#4: Follow up in a reasonable time frame. Whether they accept the gospel or not, be sure to follow up with what to do next. Give them that next step to grow in their faith.
#5: Tell a Christian friend about it. It’s always encouraging to hear about people being led to the Lord. Don’t hide that good news as it might spur on a friend to share his or her faith!
So as you commit to the fundamentals in sharing your faith let me ask you these questions: are you in God’s Word regularly? Are you committed to a local Bible-believing church? Are you leaning on the Holy Spirit for when that moment comes?