The Discovery

DAY THREE

DAY THREE: SHARING YOUR FAITH

Review:

  • True Bible study is seeking the heart of God for yourself within the pages
    of the Bible, going first to the Bible itself, reading and listening and taking
    in what the Holy Spirit has to say to you as an individual rather than to the
    masses.
  • Only by studying the Bible on your own will you be able to search out God’s
    individualized plan for your life.
  • If you do not have a working knowledge of the truth and are not working
    toward attaining that knowledge, then you limit your own ability to connect
    others with God’s truth.
  • Knowing your Bible and knowing how to find the answers to difficult
    questions in the Bible even when no one is available to help you, will help you
    to defend yourself against the enemy.
  • God can create in you the desire to study His Word.
  • Scripture memory is important to the life of a believer because we don’t
    always have our Bibles handy, and the enemy doesn’t take a break.

As ambassadors for Jesus Christ, we are to spread the message of salvation
to the world so that the lost can be reconciled to God.
This ministry, given
to us by God, by its own definition, requires that believers consciously
communicate the love of God with the world around them. Ours is not a “carrier
pigeon” ministry where we never see or relate to people directly. We must be
direct and intentional in communicating God’s message. The Bible says that we
are to do the work of an evangelist.

2 Timothy 4:5, Romans 10:14, Titus 3:1-8

Many religions teach good works. There are many lost people in the world
“serving” each other. Doing “good” to others is not, in itself, worth much in
eternity, nor is it extraordinarily rare. It becomes eternally significant only
when it points others toward Christ.

If you do not know how to share your faith, you must find someone to teach
you. Every person called to ministry must know how to pray, how to study their
Bible and how to share their faith. God has called you as an Ambassador. How can
you help others experience the love and forgiveness of God, if you do not learn
how to share that love?

Begin by writing out your testimony and practicing telling people how you
accepted Christ. Then find someone to train you in sharing some key verses or
scripture with a person that does not know Christ. No two people are exactly
alike and no two people share their faith exactly alike. Find the way that fits
your personality and gifts, then get busy sharing. The most effective method of
evangelism is the method you actually use. Make sure you also learn how to pray
with them to lead them into a relationship with Christ. Inviting someone to
church is good, but inviting them into a relationship with Christ is better. If
you do not know how to pray with another person and lead them into a
relationship with Christ, learn it. You are going to spend the rest of your life
leading others to Christ. Now is a great time to get started.

Some people feel that their call to ministry begins sometime after school,
seminary or some other training. No, a call to ministry begins right now and a
call to share your faith is right now.

Take a few moments and write your thoughts, concerns, and questions in your
journal. Allow the following thought suggestions to guide you.

How often did you share the gospel this week? This month? This year?

Are you one to become content in ministering to others rather than carrying
out fully the ministry of Jesus Christ? Explain.

What are some of the reasons that you might overlook an opportunity to share
your faith? How can you overcome those obstacles?

What is God teaching you?

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