Many Christians have questions about preaching the Gospel. Since Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” does that mean we should be preaching all the time? Most Christians are surprisingly uncomfortable sharing their faith in fear of offending someone or not doing a good job. The problem with that view point is that it is too self-centered. A proper perspective should be more focused on God and other people.
If you truly believe that a relationship with Christ is the only means by which someone can be saved, don’t you want to share that with people? So there are a few factors in play here. First and foremost is our own relationship with God. If that is not strong, it is not likely that we will be enthusiastic about sharing our faith with other people. The greatest sharers of the Gospel, like the Apostle Paul, did so because they were so enthused about it themselves. When you’re in love with someone, you can’t help but tell other people about it. So, start by assessing your own relationship with God and pursue that right away. As you become more passionate about that, you will want to share it with others and preaching the Gospel will not seem like such a challenge.
Secondly, we need to understand that someone coming to Christ is not done by our own working. It is not because we so eloquently explained the Gospel that someone will get saved. It is a spiritual experience between that person and God. It can only be done by the grace of God and when a person decides they want to enter into a relationship with Him. So don’t worry about your own abilities. Hopefully you can just share your own story and how you came to know God. That will always be more powerful than a scripted version of Jesus.
Third, remember to pray. You can even pray quietly and briefly in your own mind when you are talking to someone. Usually God will create an opening when you are to share the Gospel with someone. Again, it isn’t by your own power or ability: God will create a path. And it is always a good idea to ask questions. Don’t start rambling on a huge speech. Ask the other person simple questions about their life and their beliefs, and see if they open up to you. If they open up to you with intimate details about themselves, that is usually an indication that you can share intimate things about God and yourself as well.
The most important thing is forgetting about ourselves in this equation. Again, a conversion experience takes place between a person and God. If that person is going to get saved, they are going to get saved irregardless of your own abilities. When you start thinking about yourself, that is when self-doubt starts to creep in. When you realize that this is about God and about the other person, that effect is minimized. Try to let the Spirit of God flow and you may lose your own ego and doubt in the process. Also, it shouldn’t take any huge convincing on your part. Usually when someone is open minded they will welcome knowledge of Christ. If someone is closed off and a huge skeptic, no amount of your preaching the Gospel is going to change that.
So hopefully with these tips you will find preaching the Gospel a little easier. It is not something that needs to be premeditated or perfected by you. If you pray for opportunities to share your heart for God, they will usually present themselves when you least expect it. And remember, it starts with our relationship with the Lord. If that is strong, then so will your desire to be to share it with others.