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Crossway Blog

Sharing the Good News

Posted by Sergio Gomes on

 

1 Peter 3:15-16 (ESV)

15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being 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, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

There are many things I could share with you about this passage but the one I want to point out is in verse 15, “asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Many times we shy away from evangelizing (sharing the good news of Jesus) because we simply just don’t know what to say or even how to start the conversation. I think that a simple answer to that concern is to just humbly share your life and how you arrived at believing in “the hope that is in you.” Most people are open to hear your “story”. In my experience in using my “story” (testimony to faith), people are usually intrigued and open to listening. In part because when we share our “stories” we are also sharing our journeys of struggles and questions that usually relate to the same questions/struggles the other person might have. You would be surprised by what God could with “the hope that is in you” by remaining faithful in sharing.  

Some Pointers:

-Don’t use fancy words that you have learned from church like “sin,” “salvation,” or “depravity” because that is not the jargon you would use in a normal conversation. Relate to them like how God first related to you; He met you and spoke to you in a way you would understand.

-It’s okay to not have all the answers to their questions. In fact, not having answers allows for you to grow to learn something new AND creates a natural opportunity for you to meet up again.

-Have integrity and sound/be joyful. If your not ecstatic about Christ and what He has/will do in your life, don’t expect it from others in their response.

 

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