Telling people about God

Telling people about God is one of the hardest things Christians, particularly young Christians, struggle with because in everybody deep down is a desire to fit in with others around, at school or work or even in a friendship.  There are a few different ways that people spread the word of God.

You are a light that gives light to the world.  And people don’t hide a light under a bowl.  They put a lampshade so the light shines for all the people in the house.

Matthew 5:14-15

People are all different and all have different viewpoints so will have different ways of spreading the Word.  I personally believe that people should tell people about God, but in a way that isn’t intrusive.  I’m sure we are all familiar with Jehovah’s Witnesses handing out leaflets and bullhorn with megaphones on street corners preaching, but for me personally that isn’t the way to spread the word of God.  I think that, yes you should tell people, but often handing out leaflets or using megaphones is counterproductive, people form conclusions and stereotypes of religion from the physical presence that they see and often these conclusions are negative ones.  I personally prefer going out in the community with my church and showing people love by offering to do free decorating or by organising holiday camps for their children.  Because then they realise that we are there to help and not convert and this gives them a better mind-set to listen to and read the Word.

Jesus died for you in public, so don’t live for him in private.

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I find that once you have found someone interested in being introduced to Church then your confidence will rise.  But always look for a gap in a conversation to tell people about God.  One of the best bits of advice I was given was: ‘When someone asks how your weekend was, reply using three words: Church was awesome’.  And although this may sound contradictory to what I’ve just said, it really isn’t.  Because talking to one person you can monitor their reaction.  They may say to you ‘I didn’t know you were a Christian’ and that could start a conversation which could ultimately lead them to make the decision to follow Christ.  Or it could go the other way and they may completely lose interest, at which point you have to realise that you’re pushing too hard and need to leave it.  But never feel afraid to tell people about God as most people have questions about faith and this is a really easy way to start a conversation with them.

The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak, and they understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed.

Acts 4: 13

But also be aware that there are people who prefer to argue with you, to try to persuade you to go to another religion or to become an atheist.  Getting into arguments about whose right and who isn’t always ends up at a stalemate.  It is simply not worth the time or the effort because it makes you, as a Christian, look bad and that isn’t what sharing the Word is about.  But also don’t be afraid of these situations.  It is often better to start a conversation and if it does reach this conclusion then step away, but by stepping away you’re leaving them with unanswered questions, which will hopefully at least give them an interest in God.

We cannot keep quiet.  We must speak about what we have seen and heard.

Acts 4: 21

So my message to you today is: Go out, do not be afraid because the Lord your God is with you and he is for you and he has a plan for you to succeed.  If you are not confident and need boosting, talk to a non-Christian friend and get them interested in church because then you will grow in confidence.  But remember that actions speak louder than words and a good way for people to find out about God is through seeing what you do, how you interact with people and how you show love.  Remember that God has a plan for you and perseverance is key.  What I’m really saying is that religion is a personal thing to each person, some will come forward willingly and others won’t.  However I believe that it is a personal relationship with God that everyone has, it’s just some treat him as their best friend and others treat him as their worst enemy.  Our job as Christians is to show them that God is actually their best friend and we have a personal insight into that.

This is what the scripture says: “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.  That is the teaching of faith that we are telling.  If you use your mouth to say ‘Jesus is Lord’ and you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved.  We believe with our hearts, and so are made right with God.  And we use our mouths to say that we believe and so we are saved.  As the scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.”

Romans 10: 8-11

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