When it comes to sharing your faith, what has your experience been like so far? How do you feel as you think about sharing your faith with others?
Sharing our faith is something God commands us to do, but there are so many reasons to share about Jesus beyond duty or obedience. Today we’ll talk about three of those motivations found in Scripture.
Read 1 Chronicles 16:23-25 and John 17:20-24
- According to these verses, why should we share about God with others?
When we are sharing the gospel, we are giving praise to God. We are telling people about God’s great love, his tender mercy, his uncompromising justice, and his sheer brilliance in devising a way to forgive us without being unjust. Even if no one ever responded in faith, proclaiming the gospel brings glory to God. But not only that, when we share the gospel, God may move in people’s hearts to produce faith, and when they begin to live for him instead of for themselves, they give him praise as well. As we share the gospel, we make him famous, giving God the glory that he deserves.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
- What privilege and responsibility have we been given as Christians?
- What is an ambassador, in general? What is an ambassador’s role and purpose?
- What difference does it make if we live each day as God’s ambassadors?
Read 1 Peter 3:15
- What do we learn in this verse about our involvement in evangelism?
Read John 4:35-36
- According to these verses, what are some of the things that happen when we share our faith?
We see in Scripture that sharing our faith is part of the role that God calls us to, part of what he has made us for. It is our responsibility, but in sharing it, our joy in the gospel is also made complete.
Read Matthew 9:36; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 4:4; John 4:35; and John 14:6
- What do these verses teach us about those who don’t know Jesus?
- Do you see this around you on campus? What is your response?
- What do you still find challenging, even with this knowledge?
Read Romans 10:14-15
- What do these verses tell us about evangelism?
- If every Christian student here were actively engaged in sharing their faith, how do you think the campus would be affected?
- Do these biblical truths impact how you see your campus or your time here? If so, how?
It is clear from Scripture that God uses us to bring him praise and to invite others into his kingdom. While we do not control the results, we know that the Holy Spirit is able to work in and through us, and those we share with, to change hearts. We may still have fears when it comes to sharing our faith, but we are not called to be perfect at evangelism; motivated by love for God and compassion for others, we are called to be bold in the faith that God will use us anyway.
Who do you know on campus who doesn’t know Jesus? How can you pray for them? How could you take the initiative to be Christ’s ambassador to them this week?