1. Know the Basic points of the Gospel. 2. Listen to people present the gospel. 3. Be ready with Apologetics. 4. Look for everyday conversations to share your faith. 5. Be inspired by others who are sharing their faith.
As believers, we know that it is important to tell others how they can believe in Jesus as their Savior; and probably we’d all agree that of course we care about our unsaved family and friends but…do we care enough to do something about it? When I think about this, I am convicted of my apathy at times when I say that I care about the unsaved but yet do not do something about it. But sometimes my inaction is not because of a lack of love, but because of a lack of knowledge in that I don’t know how to start sharing the Gospel. Maybe you have these thoughts going through your head too, “How can I share the Gospel when I don’t even know where to begin or what to say? I know that I am saved, but I don’t know how to communicate that to others.” Below are five tips to get you started on learning the Gospel.
1. Know the basic points of the Gospel. If you are not already familiar with the basic points of the Gospel, I would suggest preparing yourself by memorizing the Gospel points or a script of presenting the Gospel. After you have a firm grasp of the Gospel you can then make it your own by moving away from the script and having the freedom to interchange illustrations, applicable Bible verses, or emphasizing certain points. The reason that it is important to have a solid outline is so that you know what is essential to cover and then if you get nervous and forget what to say, have a very limited time to share, or the other person takes you off on a rabbit trail you know the foundation that you need to come back to when sharing the Gospel.
Child Evangelism Fellowship also has a very thorough method for sharing the Gospel called the “Wordless Book.” Although this method is designed to lead children to the Lord, if you learn the points and how to share the Gospel on a child’s level you are then prepared to share the Gospel with anyone.
Be sure that you have key Scriptures that go along with the major points of the Gospel. Both links that I referenced above have key Scriptures to go along with each major section. You can use these or choose other Scriptures that you feel are more applicable. Although we have memorized hundreds of Scriptures, it is good to pick one verse that you can use as your “go-to” verse when talking about each key point. If the Lord leads you during the conversation to share other verses that is great, but if not at least you have one verse that you know you can share without your mind going blank when you are witnessing.
If you are not already comfortable sharing the Gospel, practice presenting the Gospel to yourself (out loud) just as you would if you were talking to someone who is not saved. Then practice your presentation on a saved friend or family member to get feedback. It is important that you present to your saved friend of family member just like you would to an unsaved person so that you know what you are going to say in detail. There is always room for flexibility to adjust to the Spirit’s leading or to the person’s need in a real presentation, but when you practice you want to be as thorough as possible so that you know where you are going. If you just skip through the presentation and say “I will most likely say something like this or that” but don’t thoroughly explain it when you practice, you probably won’t be very clear when you present it for real because you can’t/didn’t explain it when you practiced. It is best to practice thoroughly in a safe environment where you can make mistakes and learn so that you can give your best when you present for real and someone’s eternity is at stake.