What’s Your Favorite Way to Share Your Faith?

What's the best way to share your faith? Just keep telling your story. The one unique story you were created to tell.

For years it’s been considered inappropriate to discuss religion, sex, or politics in most social settings. Today in our politically correct society some would say it’s even argumentative and hateful.

I don’t think so. I hope not anyway. What in the world would I talk about?!

Still there are times when I’m in a new situation with people I don’t know that I get nervous…

You too?

Nervous before you share your faith story? Worrying about what others will think? Afraid they won’t like you or they’ll make fun of you? Do you feel awkward and maybe even a little embarrassed?

Me too.

But I have encouraging news…

The Apostle Paul known for his strong choleric personality said the following to the people of Corinth:

I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. 1 Corinthians 2:3–4

Wow, if Paul was nervous and apprehensive what does that mean for you and me? How can we have courage let alone the right words when we need them?

I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified . . .Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. v. 2, 4–5

Paul didn’t use big “theological” words. He didn’t try to impress the people of Corinth with his knowledge or wisdom. He kept the message simple and plain relying on the Holy Spirit to use him and to touch the hearts and minds of those who were listening.

I can do that. I bet you can too.

  • I can tell people my story—how God’s love through Jesus has blessed us.
  • I can keep the message simple – “I was a mess until Jesus touched me with His love and the more I spend time getting to know Him the better I’m doing.”
  • I’m willing. I can pray and ask the Spirit to give me the words to say.
  • I can trust the Spirit to use my words and touch the hearer’s heart.

Finally, the last verse of 1 Corinthians 1 and the words just before those above say:

Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” v. 31

This sums it up best. The easiest way to share our faith is simply to tell people how God is working in our lives. Our weaknesses, failures, and fears. His love, forgiveness, and ability to change us.

I can definitely do that.

One of my favorite ways to share my faith:

I don’t have all the answers. Not even close. All I know is my life fell apart and God met me in the mess and pieced me back together. I trusted Jesus for heaven, but I didn’t trust Him for earth. And now I do.

After that I just answer any questions I’m asked, focusing on Jesus – the One who unites us not on the issues that stir up differences and debate.

Okay . . . let’s talk.

 

What if you didn’t have a blog? Do you have a short statement ready to share with someone who asks you about your faith?

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Kim Hyland writes – Winsome Woman . . .
because I want to be.

She says, “While the story IS mine,
I am not the main character. My loving Father
wrote it, and He is my story’s hero.”

I love that!

Her post,
Dear Me, A Letter FROM My Eighty Year Old Self
is beautiful. I promise . . . it will bless you.

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Lauren Gaskill at Making Life Sweet shares
“Inspiration for happy, healthy, redeemed living.”

She says, “Life should be sweeter –
rich in stories, and full of good food,
love, encouragement and inspiration.”

Don’t you want to run over and get to know her?

Her post, How to Stay Creative + Innovative,
will inspire you with four ways to have a positive
influence on others.

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Anna Rendell is a Minnesotan who is Girl with Blog
and Social Media Coordinator for incounrage.me.

She says, “I share here with simple honesty
on the lovely & the difficult parts of mothering,
family, and faith as if you & I were chatting
in our backyards, over a picket fence.”

I loved her post, On Hard Days and Do Over Grace.
You will too!

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This week’s Top Pic
and great reminder is from
Gail Burton Purath
at 1–Minute Bible Love Notes.

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13 comments

  1. Michele Morin
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    What a great question, and I think my answer is a cop out, but I always find it easiest to share my faith when I’m teaching the Bible to a group of kids or women. Something about connecting around the Word just paves the way for openness. I need to work harder on face-to-face, one-on-one conversations. Thanks for your good thoughts today.
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  2. Gail
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    Thanks so much for sharing my post and image. I’m honored. To answer your question: I’ve actually prepared shorter and longer testimonies for the purpose of sharing my faith deliberately, and while I don’t have them memorized, preparing them has helped me think through my answers. I think it’s made me better prepared to share my faith even if I just share a part of the whole. I think your statement is a good one and answering questions afterward is always where the real witnessing takes place. God bless you and your ministry, Gail
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  3. Terri Presser says:

    Thank you for the thought provoking post, sometimes it is easier to write about our faith than to share it face to face. But you are right we should start with our journey, our mess and Gods love for us all. Thanks for the link up. Have a great weekend. Blessings
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  4. Patricia Krank
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    So good to be here this week Deb and what a great question you pose. I think my favorite way to share my faith is just to share my redemption story. It doesn’t have to be the novel length version. In fact, sometimes it can be just a few sentences to tell of how God changed my life. I think most people like a personal story.
    Thanks for hosting and for blessing us!
    Patti
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  5. Martha Orlando
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    Making us think about how we would share our faith with others outside of blogging is so important. I think your suggestion to share simply and honestly from our hearts, testifying to how the Lord has changed us, is the best approach. And yes, I used to feel very nervous about sharing why I believe as I do with others, but actually, these years of writing the blog has made it that much easier.
    Blessings, Deb, and have a super weekend!
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  6. Lauren Gaskill
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    I love how honest and vulnerable Paul is when he describes what it is like to spread the gospel. His words are so relatable and really help me feel more at ease about sharing my faith. Thanks for featuring me as this week\’s inspiration! Pleasure to meet you Deb!! 😀

  7. Donna
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    Deb, I too often settle for the many opportunities I have to share my faith in the course of counseling others. Serving in full time ministry makes that pretty easy, but I’m too often neglectful when it comes to the people I meet in casual circumstances.

    A friend of mine with an evangelist’s heart inspires me. One of the ways she does is when she’s in a restaurant, she will say to the waiter or waitress, “We’re about to pray for our meal, is there anything we can pray about for you?”

    I try to remember to do the same and when I have, it’s amazing the needs and the opportunities to share!

    Thanks for challenging us today and thanks for hosting each week,

    Donna
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  8. Heather
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    I think it is easier for those of us who have blogs to share our faith because, in a way, we can hide behind the computer screen.

    It takes an entirely different level of courage to share our faith face to face. And yet it shouldn’t, should it? When we truly understand what Christ has done for us, how could we want to do anything other than share that good news?

    My prayer for all of us is that we, like Paul (in Ephesians 6) that we would open our mouths boldly to make known the gospel and speak boldly as we ought to speak.

    Thanks for the encouragement to do just that, Deb. Blessings to you and yours.
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  9. Jen
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    Hi, Deb! I always enjoy hearing how biblical heroes were really people with ordinary struggles. It reminds me that God doesn’t expect me to be extraordinary, but just faithful. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace and Truth last week!
    Jen @ Being Confident of This
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