Spring into the Gospel: a Guide for Sharing God’s Word
In Mark 16:15, Jesus told the disciples to go into the world, sharing God’s Word with all creation. Jesus knew that His physical ministry would end one day, and He needed His followers to further His purpose. He called believers to share the message that could bring hope and deliverance to the world.
To further Christ’s Great Commission, The Pocket Testament League is challenging you to share every day in March! Following this 31-day sharing guide, you can prayerfully give the Gospel to people who need that hope and deliverance every day. From giving your personal testimony to inviting unsaved neighbors to church, you can make a difference in the lives of others, fulfilling the Christian commission.
Begin with Prayer.
You may have noticed that one day each week in the sharing challenge focuses on prayer. Feel free to continue sharing God’s Word on these days, but you should stress prayer throughout them.
On Focus on the Family, Author Robert Velarde wrote, “Prayer is a relationship, wherein we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God's face.”
During the prayer days, focus on this sincere communication with the Lord. You can pray for specific people and ask God to move their hearts. Pray that God will give you the words you need and that He will help you live as an example for others. Bathe your week in prayer and invite God to lead your witness.
Then, as you begin each day, you can meditate on Scripture and pray for people’s hearts to open to the Gospel. You can even use the suggested Bible verse for daily inspiration during your time with God. As you fulfill the Great Commission, you will need boldness and wisdom too. Find that strength in Christ every day before you share.
Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Take these words to heart, reaching out to God at any moment. Even in the midst of sharing, you can pray silently for His divine help.
Start the Conversation.
As you’re reaching out to non-believers, you could find yourself stuck at the beginning. How do you start the conversation and lead it toward the Gospel?
First, you can remember that God is doing the leading. Let Him show you the right person and place, heeding the Holy Spirit for guidance. You can start by sharing in small ways, even giving a friendly “hello” to people you meet. Then, when you have spoken casually with someone, end the conversation by sharing God’s Word.
Many people also start conversations by talking freely about God in everyday life. For example, you might tell people that you’ll be going to church on Sunday if they talk about weekend plans. If people share their hurts or trials with you, pray with them, show genuine concern, and then tell them how Christ can comfort them.
You can use almost anything to edge into the Gospel. Try “how can I pray for you,” “what a beautiful day that God has made” or a more direct “I want to leave you a gift.” You can ask if they have ever gone to church and lead into the Gospel from there.
You can even ask what people think about an after-life. Many have simply never thought about the possibility or faced the idea before. You might peak their interest enough to give them the Gospel before you leave.
Whatever way you choose to strike up the conversation, you can put your trust in God. Know that He is right there with you and can help you talk to even the hardest of hearts.
You Can Succeed!
Many Christians have fears about sharing God’s Word, but you absolutely can succeed at it! Here are a few things that might help you throughout this month’s challenge.
To have true confidence in the Gospel, you should be ever learning more about God’s Word. God has laid out answers about Himself in the Bible that will prove useful in sharing situations.
In 1 Peter 3:15, God tells believers to always stand “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” The single best way to stand prepared is to thoroughly study Scripture on a regular basis. Then, when someone asks about your faith, you can answer in boldness and confidence in God’s Truth.
If you were advancing your career or cleaning your house, you might make a list and set goals to help you take action. You can do the same with sharing God’s Word!
You do not need to count how many times you have shared, but give yourself an area to focus on. For the month of March, you even have the sharing guide to point you in the right direction. After this month’s challenge, though, you may need to think of more ways that you can keep things going.
Take a Friend.
Sometimes, you need moral support to help you along. If you’re going out specifically to share the Gospel, why not bring a Christian friend along? Many times, the disciples went out in pairs to witness; so you should not feel ashamed if you need someone else there.
With two Christians sharing God’s Word side by side, you might find more confidence. You know that you can help each other if one doesn’t know what to say. If someone asks a tough question, you can think of a proper answer together. While outright rejection does not happen every day, you will have good company and encouragement if it does.
Take Action Every Day.
To succeed in sharing God’s Word, you just have to do one important action every day—share! Perseverance is key in witnessing. If you’re not sharing one day, you’re praying and planning to share the next. Ask God to help you move forward, showing you the next person with which you can give a Gospel.
At times, you may feel discouraged about the outcome. Maybe someone refused the Gospel or maybe you have not seen any fruit. Know that God is using you to plant seeds that He may one day harvest with another believer.
As Charles Spurgeon once said, “We are not responsible to God for the souls that are saved, but we are responsible for the Gospel that is preached, and for the way in which we preach it.”
God only desires that you spread His Word. You can leave the rest up to Him.
If you work at sharing God’s Word every day, you’re bound to see Him work around you. You can start in simple ways, using the March sharing guide to give you a focus, and let God lead you from there. He will surely bless your efforts. Through you, God can offer hope to a hurting world and deepen His relationship with you at the same time. Help Christ further His mission, building up the Kingdom of God and giving Him more glory!