How To Personally Share Your Faith
Right now every student is experiencing this Covid season in a little different way.
But what all students have in common is that they were created to have a relationship with God, and nearly all teens think about God and eternity, especially now during these tough times. The problem is, there is a shortage of people to share the truth about God, so a lot of inaccurate information floats among students. That’s why we are all vital. Jesus said, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38) The solution is workers, fellow students, who pray, care and share the good news of Christ. Everyone Christian is needed.
The Greatest Act Of Love We Can Show Someone Is To Help Introduce Them To The God Who Created Them By Sharing The Gospel Of Jesus Christ.
Seven Keys To Sharing Christ with Others…
- Pray regularly for students around you. Ask God to open their hearts and minds to see and understand His truth and love. Ask God to give you opportunities to talk with them about God. And ask Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit to give you the words and love to share your faith in Christ.
- Be accepting, relational, inclusive, friendly. Connect by spending time with other students whether virtually or face to face. Can we imagine Jesus being any other way, and we represent Him.
- Ask questions and actively listen. Seek to understand what others think and feel. Ask about their story.
- Tell your story by sharing why you have faith in God. Your story includes your thoughts, values and life before you put your personal trust in God and Jesus Christ. Share what attracted you to Christ and how you invited Him into your life. How has He been helping and changing your thoughts, values and life since you trusted in Him?
- Explain the Gospel in a clear and simple way that helps others understand how they too can receive Christ by faith. This is called gospel fluency, and there are a lot of organizations that can help you in this area… see the resources below.
- Invite students to trust and receive Christ. Explaining how you trusted Christ and received Him is vital in helping them put their faith in Jesus. Inviting them to trust Christ is extending the gift you have received from God.
- Continue to build the relationship, regardless of how they respond. And for every person who trusts and receives Christ remember that the Bible describes them as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:16-17). Which means they are a spiritual infant and need what every infant needs: loving care, attention and spiritual food. Share that with them, and invite them to your group and church.
Bringing others to Christ requires steps of faith, resources and training. The Campus Alliance partners can help.
Check out these resources:
- Knowing God Personally
- Life In Six Words
- The Three Circles
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Cru High School
- Campus Life
- First Priority – How to tell your faith story
- The Four
- Life On Mission
- Alive in Five
Virtual ministry resources during Covid restrictions:
- Life in 6Words App has an audio story function, giving you the ability to create custom messages, interact and talk with friends about the gospel without being face to face.
- Best Day Of My Life – share your story and the gospel on social media.
- Articles for sharing God’s love and the gospel when socially distanced.
- Ministry from a distance and other ideas.
- Resources from everystudent.com.
- How to use zoom and set up virtual youth groups, campus clubs, conversations, etc.
- Activated for Action – a 4-week series you can use to virtually take your students through.
- Equipping your church for unprecedented times.
- “TOGETHER…Kinda” Virtual Youth Ministry Resource gives you tools to minister to students.
- Falling Plates
Remember that your responsibility is to simply love people in the power of the Holy Spirit and share the good news of Jesus. God brings the results.