How To Share Your Faith: A Comprehensive Guide Of Techniques
Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is something every believer and follower of Christ is called to do. There are no exceptions and excuses wont be tolerated by God.
Unfortunately, many believers don’t follow instructions very well. Whether out of fear, lack of training, or another reason, many Christians remain quiet in a world begging to be told about a loving God who desires nothing more than to have a relationship with them. So much so, in fact, that He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and be executed on a cross. Then He resurrected from His grave three days later so that we would have an opportunity to have that relationship with our loving God.
In this comprehensive guide on how to share your faith, we will look into a vast amount of techniques and train you how to share your faith in many ways! The following techniques will be covered:
- Sharing Your Testimony
- Life In 6 Words
- Conversational Evangelism
- Relational Evangelism
- The Roman Road
- The ABC’s of Faith
- The Evangecube
- The Gospel Bracelet
- The Bridge
- The FAITH
- The One Two
- The Four Spiritual Laws
- Steps To Peace With God
- Gospel Tracts
Now lets dive in and learn more about each technique!
Sharing Your Testimony
Sharing your testimony is by far one of the best and most effective ways you can share your faith in Jesus Christ with a non-christian. People love to argue, especially about politics and religion. When arguing about religion they try to discount the scriptures (saying things like “The book was written by men and no man is perfect so they could have messed some things up”), try and argue the resurrection (saying things like “His disciples stole the body”), and many other aspects of the gospel. However, what they absolutely can not argue is how God has changed your life.
Before we get into how to share your faith it is important to understand a few of things:
First, sharing your testimony should not take more than 5 minutes. Do no draw out a long story to make it sound better. Keep it short, precise, and to the point.
Second, don’t worry if you don’t have “an awesome testimony”. We go to conferences, read stories, and watch television and we hear these amazing testimonies from people who spent time in prison, who are recovering drug addicts, who had this crazy life experience, etc. and while they are powerful and incredible; they are not more incredible than yours! Yes, even if you have had a pretty boring life.
When people hear big powerful testimonies there is a chance where they say “Yeah, you had it bad. You needed something to get you through. I don’t deal with anything like that so I don’t need it!” Sometimes telling people how God kept you from something is more powerful than how God pulled you through something.
And Finally, buck the nom! Most people spend the majority of their testimony on the “Before Jesus” part of their story. That’s not what your focus should be on. The majority of your time should be spent on the “How my life is different now” part of your story.
Ok, now that we got that out of the way, lets talk about the components of your testimony and how to actually share it:
Sharing your testimony has 4 parts:
- Your life before Jesus Christ
- Something to make you realize you needed Jesus Christ to be your Savior
- How you asked Jesus to forgive you/li>
- How your life has been different ever since
Your Life Before Jesus Christ
What was your life like before coming to hear about Jesus Christ and forming a relationship with God? Remember – DO NOT EMBELLISH! Did you grow up in church but never made it personal? Did you only know Jesus as a cuss word? Did your family have any religious background? Was there anything different about where or how you grew up? Do not be afraid to tell them “I grew up in a typical American home. There was nothing really special about my childhood or upbringing” The vast majority of people will relate to this.
If you do have a colored past, don’t shy away from it either. Be honest. Relate your experiences. Be you. Don’t hold anything back. As long as it is concise and true.
Your Realization that you needed Jesus Christ to be your Savior
What happened to make you realize that the way you were living a life that does not hold up to God’s standards. Were you at a youth conference and the speaker gave an awesome presentation that God used to open your eyes? Were you at church and the pastor or youth pastor explained that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)? Did you have a family member or friend invest in you and tell you that God demonstrated His love to us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)? Did you experience something tragic in your life that caused you to turn to a God who wants you to cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you (1Peter 5:7)?
However it happened, this is your opportunity to relay that message. Tying this message into the scriptures is key! We have no authority within ourselves. All authority comes from the Word of God.
How You asked Jesus to forgive you
This is similar to the Your Life Before Jesus Christ part of your testimony but it expands into how you actually put your faith in Jesus. Remember, saying the prayer is not what saves you so do not focus on that. Instead focus on the fact that you made the realization of the need for a Savior and you asked God to forgive you from your sins and turned your life around to please Him instead of yourself and others.
How Your Life Has Been Different Since
Remember, this is where you spend the majority of your time sharing your testimony. Share about how you are forever changed because of a loving God who would rather die for you than to spend an eternity away from you.
Were you a naturally selfish person that now goes out of your way to help others in need? Were you crude but now polite and tasteful? Were you a person who always resisted authority but now submit to the authority of Jesus Christ?
Go into detail. People already know what life is like without Jesus Christ. They need to know what life with Him is like. They need to know that even though their life wont be instantly fixed or perfect, they now have a loving God who walks before them and comforts them in their time of need. They need to know that they serve a mighty God that can do anything, no matter how tough a situation they may be in. They need to know that they can have confidence in whatever situation they may find themselves in because the Creator of the universe loves them.
Your testimony is a powerful tool to share your faith. People get to see a real life application of how a perfect and sovereign God still loves us, even though we do not deserve it. They get to understand that this is not all that life has to offer. That life can and will be better when we put our trust in God. That people can really change when they experience first hand the love of an eternal Father.
Life In 6 Words
The Life In 6 Words is an approach created and used heavily by Dare2Share and the youth ministries that follow the Dare2Share Gospelize philosophy in ministry. It all revolves around one word with six letters. GOSPEL. This technique uses the word GOSPEL as an acronym. Each letter has its own meaning sharing with others the need for a loving Savior.
The word gospel means “good news” and is explained by the following six key truths of the GOSPEL Journey.
God created us to be with Him. (Genesis 1-2)
In these two chapters God creates all of the universe and everything in it (Genesis 1:1), including the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. God created Adam and Eve with purpose. He called them to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) and fill the earth with their offspring. He gave them the mission of taking care of the earth and tending the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15.)
God made them to be in complete fellowship with Him and with each other. Their nakedness (Genesis 2:25) represented the fact that they had no sin, therefore no shame, therefore nothing to hide before God or each other. They regularly communed with God in the garden and had sheer bliss, pure happiness and unadulterated joy. It was during this time that they were living everyday as God intended, in right relationship with each other, God and His creation. The only command God gave to them was not to eat from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
In the same way God made us to be in fellowship with Him. His original plan was that you and I were in absolute and perfect relationship with Him and with each other in total unity. God created us to be in harmony with all of heaven and all of earth. But that plan was disrupted by one evil act thousands and thousands of years ago.
Our sins separate us from God. (Genesis 3)
When Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6), and thereby sinned, they immediately became aware of their “error.” They sewed fig leaves together to cover their shame and hid in the garden from God (Genesis 3:7,8). Now they were hiding from the one that they used to fellowship with regularly. Men and women have been hiding from God ever since, covering their sin and shame with the fig leaves of religion or philosophy.
God confronted them face to face. As a result of their sin there were immediate and future consequences. The immediate consequences were being banished from the garden (Genesis 3:23,24), having difficulty in childbirth (Genesis 3:16) and our work turning from a joy that we love to a job that we hate (Genesis 3:17-19).
The future consequence for Adam and Eve was physical death. God had promised in Genesis 2:17 that the day he sinned by eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would “surely die.” Spiritually Adam and Eve died the day they sinned in the garden. Their souls became immediately polluted by sin and selfishness. As a result all of their offspring (and that includes you and me) were born sinful and selfish. Through Adam every person ever born is born deprived and depraved, deprived of God’s fellowship and depraved to the core (Romans 5:12-14).
When confronted by God the blame game begins. Adam blames Eve (Genesis 3:12) and Eve blames the snake (Genesis 3:13). Humanity has been playing the blame game ever since. What began as paradise unraveled with a single choice to disobey God and listen to Satan instead. Every war, famine, argument, sin and tragedy can be traced back to the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve chose to turn their backs on God for a taste of fruit.
Sins cannot be removed by good deeds. (Genesis 4 – Malachi 4)
From the beginning humanity has attempted to remove the stain of sin by good deeds. When Cain offered God vegetables as an appeasement for his sin God rejected it (Genesis 4:1-4). Cain was infuriated and killed his brother Abel.
In Exodus, the second book of the Bible, God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), not to save them from their sin, but to show them that they couldn’t live up to his perfect standards on their own (Galatians 3:23-24). Instead of looking to Him in faith many of the Jews looked to themselves and thought they could please God in their own strength. But God saw their “righteous” deeds like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Even the best of their good deeds were corrupted by selfish motives.
In Leviticus, the third book of the Bible, God gave the Israelites the sacrificial system. Every time a Jew sinned he or she was to sacrifice a goat without any blemishes (Leviticus 4:27-31). Think about that. If you were a Jew in the Old Testament and had to make a sacrifice every time you lied, lusted, gossiped, complained or argued you would soon run out of goats. Other offerings included offerings of bulls and sheep.
The sacrificial system was meant to point inward, upward and forward. It pointed inward to convince you of your sinfulness. If you were honest before God then you would soon realize that you could never make enough sacrifices for your sin. It pointed upward to make you trust in God for your salvation instead of sacrifices that you could make (Psalm 51:16,17). It pointed forward to the ultimate sacrifice of the lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who would someday come to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
The rest of the Old Testament tells the story of the Jewish people, some of whom realized they were sinners and needed God to save them (Psalm 51:1,2) and most of whom trusted in their own goodness instead of the mercy and grace of God (Isaiah 64:6).
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew – Luke)
When Jesus came to the earth he came as the fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17) and the ultimate sacrifice (Luke 24:46). He lived the perfect life that we could not live and died in our place, for our sin. When he died upon the cross he screamed the words “It is finished” (John 19:30). What he meant by these three words was that the price for our sins was paid completely. He was fully God and entirely man. As a perfect human he could die for other humans. As the true and living God his payment for sin was infinite.
Jesus rose from the dead three days after he was murdered on the cross (Mark 16:6). He was seen by over 500 witnesses (I Corinthians 15:6) on at least 12 separate occasions over the course of forty days (Acts 1:3). Because he died our sins are paid for entirely. Because he rose from the dead we know that Jesus was who he claimed to be, God in the flesh.
Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life. (John)
The amazing thing about eternal life is that it is a free gift given to us by God through faith alone and not by any of our good deeds (Ephesians 2:8,9). Jesus paid the price for our sins when he died on the cross and all we must do is receive the gift of forgiveness through faith. When we believe that Jesus died for our sins and trust in Him alone we receive eternal life, are passed out of death into life and are guaranteed a home in heaven (John 5:24).
Eternal life is not achieved by good deeds but received through faith. It’s not a matter of trying but trusting. When we believe we receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Almost the entire New Testament is dedicated to talking about this eternal life and the implications of it in our everyday lives. From John through Jude the disciples of Jesus show us how to live like Jesus intended, serving each other in love. This is the heart of eternal life!
Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever. (Acts – Revelation)
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead we will be with Jesus forever in heaven. When we trust in Jesus we enter into a personal, permanent relationship with God called “eternal life.”
Part of the reality of eternal life is that it doesn’t start after you die but as soon as you believe (John 10:10). This life is the joy of a real, exciting relationship with Jesus every single day through prayer, worship and living in the strength that God provides through his Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
The other part of the reality of eternal life is that all who have it will be with Jesus forever and ever in heaven someday. Once we receive it is ours forever and we are his forever!
The last chapter of the last book of the Bible makes it clear that we will “rule and reign forever” with Jesus (Revelation 22:5). In essence the last chapter in the story of the Bible concludes by saying, “and they lived happily ever after.”
And that is the Life In 6 Words technique on how to share your faith. We find it is easy to remember and conveys the full gospel story quickly to anyone that you come in contact with.
If you are interested in seeing how the Life In 6 Words technique works you can watch the short video posted below. Disclaimer: The video uses the Life In 6 Words technique via spoken word. It goes without saying that you do not have to use spoken word. Find a way that you can comfortable with and then get out there and tell everyone you come in contact with about the gospel!
Conversational evangelism is a technique that every Christian is called to do. It is a technique that Jesus Christ himself used often (we will explore specific examples later) and set a great example for us to use as well. No Christian will argue the fact that God has and will continue to put people in our lives that He desires fur us to be used by Him to point them towards Him. Conversational Evangelism does just that. It allows us to listen to people we know and come in contact with and turn our everyday conversations into spiritual ones that shed light on a great God.
One of the most popular stories in the Bible is also a story we can look at to see how Jesus, Himself, used conversational evangelism to bring someone to a relationship with God. That story is most popularly known as the woman at the well. The story can be found in the gospel of John; chapter 4.
In the story Jesus is walking to Galilee but in order to get there He has to pass through a town called Samaria. At around noon He gets tired and takes a break by sitting near a well on the outskirts of town. He sent His disciples into the town to get some lunch and instructed them to bring it back to Him. While His disciples were gone a woman came to draw water from the well.
While the Samaritan woman was drawing water from the well, Jesus asks her for a drink. She responds saying that Jesus, who is obviously a Jew, shouldn’t be asking a Samaritan for water. At this time Jews and Samaritans would not deal with each other.
Jesus takes this Samaritan woman’s words and begins his journey in leading her down a journey to the gospel. He replies telling her that He can give her water that is better than the water from the well that was dug by His own ancestors. That the water He can give her will cause her to thirst no more.
She immediately bites and wants to know how she can get this special and what I’m sure seemed like magical water to her. Jesus then immediately begins to tell her that He is the Messiah and the one that the world has been waiting on. She believes and leaves in a hurry, leaving behind her water jar, to tell the others in town what just happened.
So how did Jesus do it? Let’s explore exactly that and then discover what that would look like for you!
First, Jesus started with a conversation. Not just a specific conversation. Just a conversation with someone in front of Him. He didn’t go out of His way to have this conversation. He was sitting beside a well on the outside of town when He came in contact and in conversation with someone who just happened to also be at the same place He was.
What does that look like for you?
Everyone is comfortable talking with friends and family. Start there but do not let it be your stopping point. You interact with more people than you even think. You talk with people in your class, with people at work, with people at the grocery store, with people at a coffee shop, with people at a bar, with people at the mechanic’s shop, etc. The average person will meet over 10,000 people during and after adolescents (https://www.reference.com/world-view/many-people-average-person-physically-meet-lifetime-72cdc2307255db8e) in a lifetime. Start a conversation with them!
Next, Jesus made Himself available to talk to someone who needed to know the love of God. Being a Jew, He could have took a journey that did not have to go through Samaria. After all, most Jews avoided it like the plague. But Jesus didn’t. He chose to go through enemy territory to share the gospel to someone who might not have heard it otherwise.
What does that look like for you?
Comfort isn’t king. Put yourself out there. Instead of paying for gas at the pump, go inside. Make a connection with the people who work there or other regular customers. Instead of using the drive through or your bank’s app to make your deposit, go inside and talk to a teller. Ask your wait staff at a restaurant if there is anything you can pray for them about before your meal comes. Disclaimer: If you are going to do this, please leave a respectable tip. Nothing defies the story of a generous God like a stingy christian trying to convey they serve a generous God. Ask a coworker how their weekend was and what they spent their time doing. The opportunities are out there if we will just get creative and step away from our comforts and conveniences.
After that, Jesus started a conversation about a topic that was near and dear to the Samaritan woman. Something that she could relate to. He started their conversation by simply asking for a drink of water. He didn’t tell her she was on a path to hell. He didn’t come right out from the beginning saying He was the Savior that the world was waiting for. He simply asked for a drink.
What does that look like for you?
Tell someone about something you experienced recently. Take notice of what they are doing or eating and ask them about it. Start simple and see where the conversation takes you.
Next, Jesus became an information seeker. He knew the woman wasn’t married. He knew her sins already before she spoke her first word. He could have come outright and pointed out that she was living a lifestyle that was contrary to the heart of God. Instead, Jesus asks pointed questions, leading the woman to a conversation that would get to the heart of the gospel.
What does that look like for you?
Don’t be a know it all. This is your opportunity to seek and to listen. Until you have listened, you will never truly know the person you are talking to. You won’t know what they are going through. You wont know how you can even relate the Gospel to their lives.
Afterwards, Jesus asked deeper questions. He wasn’t interested in being her religious expert with all her perceived answers. He dug deeper. He got to the heart of the situation. He knew that knowing which temple was the true temple didn’t matter in the long run because Jesus knew that God doesn’t live in a temple made by man (Acts 17:24). Jesus flips the script on the Samaritan woman who was talking about physical places to worship and through deeper questions changes the conversation to the need of a relationship with the Savior (Himself).
What does this look like for you?
Listen. Truly listen. Don’t get caught up in silly arguments. Arguing the Gospel rarely, if ever, works to bring people into a relationship with Christ. Ask more open ended questions like “Why do you think that is?” “Does anyone else experience that?” “What do you think that means?”
Finally, Jesus gets bold with the Samaritan woman and tells her that He is the Messiah, the one everyone is waiting for. Because of His boldness and willingness to talk to an outcast she believed Him and ran into town to tell anyone who would listen to her about what happened.
What does this look like for you?
BE BOLD! Take the conversation to the next level. Share the gospel with that person, relaying its importance to the very topic you were talking about. You will be surprised to see what kind of results you get. What’s the worst that can happen?
This is very similar to Conversational Evangelism in that it is all stemmed from everyday conversations. However, it changes in the fact that these conversations stem from people you have a relationship with. These are you friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc.
Often times these conversations are the toughest ones to have. Its hard take a chance offending those we love the most. It is still very important. Remember: Jesus’ own brothers didn’t believe He was the Messiah at first but it didn’t stop Him from fulfilling the will of God.
Relational Evangelism also differs from Conversational Evangelism in that it can take more time. Conversations tend to last longer, go deeper, and can be carried out over days.
Relational Evangelism follows nine simple rules.
1. Build Deep Relationships.
Todays’s culture is obsessed with being connected. We have social media platforms like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. However, these connections are mostly superficial at best. We share our life stories through filtered lenses. Both figuratively and literally. Real, deep, and meaningful relationships are on the decline.
Be the change to the broken relationship system the world is so desperately craving. Don’t just duck your head and walk from your car to your front door. Talk to people! Meet people. Invest in people!
2. Be Real.
Many Christians put on a front. They want the world to think life is perfect with Christ. They think they have to put up a facade as if they have to protect God for some reason. Can we just stop that? Can we agree to be real with our relationships. That we struggle just like everyone else? The world already knows everyone has struggles.
When we put up this facade the world sees right through it. They then view christians as phonies and not trustworthy. It leads to the hypocrite comments we hear all the time that the world uses to describe christians.
Real relationships are just that – they are real. We value our closest friends because we know we can tell them anything, good or bad. The world doesn’t need to know that everything is wonderful (insert link to lego song). They need to know that even if everything is falling apart, there is a loving God who can put everything back together.
3. Introduce your non-Christian friends to your Christian friends.
Networking is a powerful thing. You haven’t had every life experience and combining your two worlds can have a great effect. First, it allows people to form deep relationships with more people. But it also allows God to use your friends to step into situations that you wouldn’t be able to.
A great example of this would be with the community and brother/sisterhood of the military and veterans. Members of the military and veterans share a bond that quite simply, people with no military experience will never understand. They have shared the same sacrifices, lost friends, and been through things that no one outside of the military will ever be able to relate to.
4. Don’t Be Double Tongued.
Unfortunately, whether we realize it or not, many times christians speak about different things to different audiences. When we are surrounded by our christian friends we talk about more spiritual things. When we are around our non-christian friends we talk about other things like fantasy football, wine, etc.
It is important to stop this immediately. Don’t be afraid to talk about spiritual things with your non-christian friends. In order to introduce your friends to Jesus Christ, they need to know what God is saying to you and what you are saying back to Him. When you openly share with your friends how you and God relate to one another they will see a spiritual relationship they didn’t even realize they were craving.
5. Mi Casa es Su Casa Life Style
Live a life style that you neighbors know that they are welcome at your house and even give them some personal liberties, such as not having to ask to get a drink or a snack. Make your home so welcoming that they feel at home. There will be obvious times that you will need private family time but for the majority of the time make sure your neighbors, family, friends, etc. know that they are welcome in your home.
When they reciprocate you now know you have reached a level of deep relationship that most of the world doesn’t have and craves. This is the type of relationship that allows you to speak authority into someone’s life. This is the type of relationship that opens doors that allow you to share your faith.
6. Spend Quality Time In Prayer
This is the step that seems most obvious but often times gets overlooked. When we don’t spend quality time in prayer we subconsciously tell ourselves that we can do things in our strength and do not need the help from God. This is a huge mistake.
Pray for yourself. Pray that God would give you boldness. Pray that God would open your spiritual eyes to see every opportunity to share your faith with your loved ones. Pray for personal and spiritual protection. Our enemy hates when we take steps to reach those who are without relationship with Christ and will begin to attack you, discouraging you in any way he can.
Pray for the people you have relationships with. Pray that God would begin to move in their hearts. Pray that God would open their eyes to see they have a gaping need for a loving Savior. Pray that they will see the difference God has made in your life and that they would crave the kind of grace and relationship you have with a gracious Father.
7. Refuse To Speak Poorly Of Other People
Otherwise known as gossip, when we speak poorly of other people we begin to ruin every effort we have worked so hard to create and maintain. When people see us participate in the tearing down of others we ruin our witness. They begin to wonder what you are saying behind their backs when they are not around.
Think of it this way: would you say the same things about the person if they were standing in front of you? If not, then do not say it when they are not standing there in front of you.
When you talk about your non-christian friends, brag on them. Brag about their hobbies, talents and accomplishments. Speak life into and about people. Others will take notice, and those you are bragging about will appreciate you and your relationship with them.
8. Keep It Relatable
Knowing Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic is cool and informative but taking a scholastic approach to someone who is not an academic will most likely become an ineffective approach to sharing the gospel.
Likewise, taking a death bed approach can be ineffective to someone who is not experiencing sickness or the death of a close relationship. Your non-christian friend will likely be more interested in knowing why you have such a passion for life. Why you are so willing to sacrifice your time and comfort to help others. Why you can have courage and hope when things are tough. Why you remain encouraged even though things are tight financially.
9. Be A Bird Dog
Not all your non-christian relationships will come to Christ directly from a conversation you have with them. A lot of times your conversations are seeds being planted only to be harvested by someone else. That shouldn’t bother you!
Invite your non-christian friends to church gatherings. Invite them to special events where other christians are around. Get them involved in as many spiritual situations, connected with as many gospel sharing opportunities as possible.
In conclusion, The key to Relational Evangelism is to be bold and be intentional with those we love. Take every opportunity you get to share the love of Jesus Christ with your loved ones. Don’t cover your light and keep it to yourself. Hold it high for all to see (Matthew 5:15)!
The Roman Road
The Roman Road is an effective tool to use when trying to figure out how to share your faith. It is based purely on the authority of the Bible and you directly quote the words from Paul in his book of Romans from the New Testament.
The Roman Road can be used in a variety of ways. The most popular way is by memorizing 7 verses from the book of Romans. Although that can be effective, many have found it to be most effective to have a bible with you and guide the person you are sharing the gospel with and having them read the verses themselves.
The technique you use to share your faith via the Roman Road is straight forward. You share the verse. Then you explain the verse. Continue this throughout all 7 verses and then ask the person you are sharing the gospel with if they would like to ask God to forgive them.
Here are the seven verses used in the Roman Road and a sample explanation you can use while sharing with a non-christian:
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Since the very first person on earth, we have all sinned. Sin is anything we say, think, or do that displeases God. This means no one is perfect. Because God is perfect, He cannot be surrounded by imperfection. This is bad news for us who hope to spend eternity in heaven after we die. But the good news is that God didn’t let that be the end of the story.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Even though we are all sinners, God still loves us. In fact, He loves us so much that He would stop at nothing to bring us back into a relationship with Him. God chose to leave His rightful seat in heaven and came to earth in the form of Jesus. He was born as a baby, lived a perfect life, was crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The reason why we needed God to come down to earth in the form of Jesus Christ, live a perfect life, die, and raise from the dead is because as we talked about before, God is perfect. And since our sin causes us to be imperfect, in order to reconcile a relationship with God there has to be death. Without the sacrifice of our perfect Jesus Christ then the payment for our sin is an eternal death. A forever separation from God. But as we talked about before, there is good news! God offers us a gift. And that gift is eternal life even though we are all undeserving.
Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
If we are willing to accept that amazing gift that God has offered to us then we are promised a continuous relationship with God. He will not send us to our rightful sentence and judgement of eternal separation from Him.
Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Now to the fun part! We get to discover just how we can accept His free gift of salvation from an eternity away from Him. We receive this free gift first by declaring Jesus is Lord. What that means is that you have to come to the realization that you aren’t perfect and you need someone to stand in the gap for you. And once you realize that, you decide to do what He wants you to do and live the way he wants you to live (this is how you acknowledge him as Lord). So when you do that you call him Lord. The next step is to believe in your heart that God did exactly what He did. He died for you but he also resurrected for you. Notice though that it says believe in your heart. It does not say believe in your mind. When you believe in your mind its more about statistics and true false. It has little effect though on your behaviors. In fact, the devil believes in His mind that it happened because he was around for it. However, the devil will never be back in heaven. When you believe in your heart, however, you change. Think about it in the aspect of a new romantic relationship. When you truly love your significant other, you are willing to do whatever it takes to make them happy. You are on the verge of obsession with them. You sacrifice sleep to stay up talking to them. You drive miles throughout the night just to be with them. You change who you are and how you live because of your new found love.
Romans 10:10 “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
This is where God explains to us why it is important to confess with our mouth and believe in our heart. With the heart you truly believe in God. As we just went over, we change because we believe it. And it is with your mouth you not only profess to God but you tell others.
Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
As we discovered back in Romans 8:1, if we will take the steps to receive God’s gift of eternal life, God again tells us that we will be saved. Everyone. No exceptions. No matter what your past looks like. No matter how bad you think you were or weren’t. There is nothing that will separate you from God if you are willing to accept God’s free gift.
Now you just seek to seal the deal. Give the person an opportunity to make a decision whether or not to follow Jesus Christ. You can say something like: Knowing what we know now, do you believe? Are you willing to confess that Jesus is Lord and change your lifestyle to one He wants you to live?
One final note, remember: It’s not your job to be the Holy Spirit. If they decide not to make the decision to accept God’s free gift of eternal life, that’s not on you. You did your job. You planted the seed. Trust God that He will send someone else or use you in the future to harvest the seed. And if it never happens, the person made their own decision and will have to face their own consequences for that decision.
The ABC’s of Faith
The ABC’s of faith is a quick and effective way to your faith. It is easy to remember and takes a lot of pressure off of the gospel presenter. It is acronym that anyone can use: Admit Believe Confess.
The first step in receiving God’s free gift of eternal life is to Admit that you are a sinner. That means that you admit that you are not perfect. You have said, think, or done something that displeases God.
That could be a lie you once said to your parents, teacher, or boss. It could be a thought of extreme anger while driving. Have you ever thought about punching someone? It can also be a lustful thought. It could be stealing something as small as a five cent piece of bubble gum. Whatever it was, we have all sinned.
The Bible says in order to receive God’s free gift of eternal life we must Admit that we are a sinner. It says in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
The second step is to believe that God loves you so much that He came to earth in the form of Jesus, lived a perfect life, and was resurrected from the dead. He did all that as a payment for your sins so you don’t have to!
When you believe that it will change your life. You will want to stop doing the things that displease God and you will strive to live in a way that makes God happy. The Bible says in Romans 10:10 “For with the heart one believes and is justified”.
The final step is to confess your sins to God. Confess is a 2 step process. Similar to admitting you are a sinner, you confess the sins you do to God. You acknowledge that you messed up in specific situations.
The difference between the Admit and Confess steps, and the second part to Confess is this: You also Confess to the world that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You tell others about what God has done for you. You tell others that there is a loving God who would stop at nothing to have a relationship with them too!
With these three simple words, you now have an easy to remember way to share your faith with confidence. We have all been taught our ABCs since we were toddlers. Now its time to remember them again as adolescents and adults to share the love of God with others!
The Evangecube is a popular method when sharing the gospel. Especially with a younger audience. It is built like a picture Rubik’s Cube but with every turn the cube reveals a different aspect of the gospel. Here are the steps and an example of how to share your faith:
Step 1: Show Man in Sin Seperated from God.
Point to the right side which has the bright light displayed and inform them that this represents God. God is perfect and without sin. God loves us. He doesn’t want to be separated from Him. He doesn’t want us to spend eternity in a place of torture called Hell. But our sins must be removed in order to have eternal life.
Point to the person on the left side. This represents every person- like you and me. The darkness that surrounds us is our sin. Sin is anything we say, think, or do that displeases God. The Bible says “All of sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Our sins separate us from God.
Step 2: Show Jesus on the Cross
But God loves us too much to keep us separated from Him. Because He loves us, He came to Earth in the form of Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life and was crucified on the cross as a punishment for our sins. The Bible says He took our sins upon His self so that way we could come to God (1Peter 2:24, 3:18).
Step 3: Show the Tomb
After Jesus died, they buried him in a tomb and rolled a massive and very heavy stone in front of the entrance to shut it. They also put some of the world’s best soldiers outside of it to guard it.
Step 4: Show Resurrected Jesus
God sent an angel to roll away the massive stone. It was rolled away so people could get in and see the good news. Jesus was no longer there because He had resurrected from the dead!
Jesus lived on Earth for 40 more days before returning to Heaven. Jesus had paid the price for our sins and conquered death. It is because of this we can have a relationship with God.
Step 5: Show the Cross Bridge
Jesus is the only way we can get back to God. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. Nobody can come to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Through Jesus we can be forgiven for all of our sins and be with God forever!
But knowing these things is not enough. We must choose to put our faith in Jesus and trust Him to save us from our sins. We must live a life that every day we strive to be more and more like Him. We must try our best not to sin and tell others about what He did for us.
Step 6: Open to Heaven and Hell
The Bible tells us that whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life and will not be judged. But whoever does not believe in Jesus will have to face the wrath of God because of their sins (John 3:16, 18, 36).
The penalty for sin is death, but eternal life through Jesus is a free gift from God should we choose to believe. Which choice will you choose? Eternal life because of Jesus? Or reject Jesus and deal with the torturous punishment of eternity in hell?
If the person chooses to trust Jesus then show them the final image
This is what a christian life looks like:
Love God and all people.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:36-40)
Read the Bible daily
Start with the gospel of John; read 1 chapter each day. “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…”
(1 Peter 2:2)
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” Jesus in
Pray to God constantly
In prayer you can thank and worship God, ask for His help, confess your sins, and pray for others. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
Meet regularly with other christians
God commands that Christians meet regularly for worship, prayer, Bible study, and helping each other. “…not forsak- ing our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” (Heb. 10:25)
Tell other about what Jesus did for them too
God wants us to tell other people How to Have Eternal Life with God by trusting in Jesus to save them from sin. You can use this paper when you talk to others about Jesus! “And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to all creation.’ “ (Mark 16:15)
The Gospel Bracelet
The gospel bracelets have been around for a long time. They are very popular with kids but can be used by anyone. They revolve around 5 colors, each of which represents a different aspect of the gospel.
Here is an example of how to share your faith using your gospel bracelet:
This dark color represents the sin we have. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that everyone has sinned. Sin is anything we say, think, or do that displeases God.
The red stands for the blood of Christ. Because we all have sinned we need something to sacrifice in order to bring us back to God. The only acceptable sacrifice was for God to come to earth in the form of Jesus to die for us. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 that God loves us. He shows us that He loves us by dying for us even though we are sinners and don’t deserve it.
The white color is a symbol of purification. It represents the fact that if we trust in God that we can be made clean again and He wipes away our sins. Acts 3:19 tells us that if we ask God to forgive us of our sins and do our best not to do them again then our sins will be erased.
Green represents the fact that we are called to grow in the ways God wants us to. There are a few ways to do that. It starts by talking with God regularly and reading our Bible to see how we should be acting. Then we are to tell others about what God has been doing through us and give them an opportunity to have a relationship with Him too. The Bible says in 2Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Yellow stands for the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a reminder that because Jesus died and was resurrected we can spend an eternity with God in heaven.
The Bridge Method
This method is great when sharing the gospel over a meal or when you have a piece of paper and pen handy. To share the gospel using the bridge method grab a pen and a napkin or a piece of paper and draw on to outer edges two cliffs (horizontal lines coming off of the edge and then 2 vertical lines to downward to the bottom edge of the paper.
Now you explain that God loves us but our sin is what separates us from God. Write the word sin in the gap between the two cliffs. Its like being on 2 different sides of a cliff. The cliff is too far for us to jump over on our own might. But God loves us and wants us to be with Him.
Draw a cross that connects the two cliffs. Explain that God loves us so he came to earth in the form of Jesus and died on the cross for us. Because He did this, we now have a bridge to get close to God again. That cross covers our sin and makes us new.
But it doesn’t stop there. We still have to choose to cross the bridge. God took the first step by dying for us and becoming that bridge. Now it is up to us to walk in faith over that bridge and be reunited with our loving God.
The Faith Method
The Faith Method is another technique that uses an acronym FAITH.
F stands for Forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7 says “In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins.” Jesus died so that we may be forgiven for the things that we say, think, or do that displeases God.
A stands for Available. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life.” God made a way for our sins to be forgiven and that way is available for everyone!
I stands for Impossible. It is impossible to enter into heaven with sin. God is perfect and cannot be surrounded by imperfection. Hebrews 11:6 also tells us “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” It is impossible for us to go to Heaven without faith in God.
T stands for Turn. Turn means repent. Luke 13:3 says “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” We must turn from our sinful ways and turn towards God. 1Corinthians 15:3-4 says”For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”. Turn to Christ who forgives you of your sins.
H Stands for heaven. Heaven is eternal life. John 14:3 says “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
So how does someone come to get this free gift of eternal life? Well another Faith acronym comes into plays. Forsaking All I Trust Him. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of me. I trust Him. It doesn’t matter what my past says about my life. I trust Him. Put your trust in Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you. Live a life that would make Him proud.
The One Two Method
The One Two Method is a technique on how to share your faith using two simple questions:
Question ONE: Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in heaven?
Question TWO: If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” What would you say?
Then you take their responses and explain that the only way to get to heaven is by Jesus Christ. No matter how good we are, we could never be good enough. There is no reason on our own that God should allow us into heaven. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ that we can enter into heaven.
The Four Spiritual Laws Method
Law One: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
Law Two: Man is sinful and separated from God. As a result, we cannot know God’s wonderful plan for our lives.
Law Three: Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin. Through Jesus Christ, we can have our sins forgiven and be restored to a right relationship with God.
Law Four: We must place our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior in order to receive the gift of salvation and know God’s wonderful plan for our lives.
Steps To Peace With God
Step ONE: God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life- abundant and eternal.
Step TWO: We choose to disobey God and go our own willful way. This results in separation from God.
Step THREE: Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
Step FOUR: We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.
The YMCA Method
We sure do love our acronyms. Here is another acronym to share the gospel using John 3:16.
YOU are loved by God. “For God so loved the world…”
MAN is sinful and separated from God. “…shall not perish…”
CHRIST died on the cross as the only payment for our sin. “…that He gave His one and only Son…”
ACCEPT God’s gift of eternal life by faith. “…whoever believes in Him shall… have eternal life.”
There are a lot of videos that can be found to share the gospel. The Life in 6 Words Method is a great one. Here are some more of our favorites:
Matt Chandler explaining the gospel and Radicals4J put together this incredible visual video.
The FAITH method explained on video:
An Animated version of why we are all sinners using the 10 Commandments:
Three Circle Gospel Presentation:
321 Gospel Presentation by Glen Scrivener
The Gospel using sign lanugage for deaf people
Michael Key’s 1 minute and 45 second gospel presentation:
Gospel tracts are quite possibly the most popular (in sheer number) technique on how to share your faith over history. They have a very low probability for success but are easy to mass produce in a short amount of time. Using gospel tracts is like taking a shotgun approach to evangelism. You distribute a lot tracts hoping that one of them will make a difference.
Gospel tracts are little booklets that you hand out to people. These booklets all share a story and the gospel message. The receiver gets the booklet, reads it, and then is encouraged to make a decision to follow Jesus.
The main issue with gospel tracts is it is nearly impossible to follow up or help someone come to a decision unless you share the tract with them. Most people just hand them out on the streets to people passing by, on a bus, with a tip at a restaurant etc. People have been known to put contact information on the gospel tract themselves but the success rate of being contacted is very small.
Here are a couple of places you can get gospel tracts:
There are many different ways to share your faith. There are even more than listed here. These are just sixteen different ways that we have seen some success with. Each has its strengths and some may even say its weaknesses. The key thing to remember when sharing the gospel is this: Just do it. If you are a believer in Christ and a follower of His ways then you are commanded to share your faith.
We would personally recommend sharing your testimony, the Life in 6 Words technique, conversational evangelism, and relational evangelism. They seem to have the highest success rates. However, if there is another technique listed that seems to fit your personality then go for it!
Remember: Scripture tells us that His word never returns void. Even if you are sharing with someone and they choose not to make a decision right then and there you are planting seeds in their life. They may think about your conversations for years to come. Someone else may step in at just the right time in their life and harvest the seed that you have planted. But it all started because you were willing to take a leap of faith, get a little uncomfortable, be bold for Christ, and share His good news with someone.
It is our hope that this article strengthens you, trains you, and gives you the necessary support you need to go out and share the gospel with the people you come into contact with.
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