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Why is Sharing our Faith so Difficult?

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Some followers of Christ seem to find it so natural to spontaneously talk to others about their faith. By all appearances, they are able to turn normal conversations, even with strangers, into an opportunity for talk about the best news in the world. They anticipate obstacles along the way, graciously answer objections, and often end up with inspiring stories of new life.

From somewhere in the shadows, many of us envy such persons. We’d give anything to have the freedom and courage of introducing others to a wonderful, everlasting relationship with the One who died and rose from the dead for us. We hear successful soul winners say that if they can do it, anyone can. They remind us that this is why we are here, to make the Gospel known to all. Yet, our desire to share our faith often ends up with nothing more than a longing, or maybe a few false starts, or  awkward attempts to do so.

But are we really failing in the eyes of the One we want so much to talk about. Maybe not. My hunch is that few misbeliefs cause more false guilt and needless feelings of spiritual defeat than the idea that we are all called to be witnesses in the same way. Few thoughts are more disturbing than the suspicion that, if I’m not leading others to personal faith in Christ, then it must be because I don’t really love others, or even worse, that I am embarrassed of the One who died for us.

Maybe there are other explanations for our differences. The Scriptures themselves show that there’s more than one way of being a witness to Christ. Some of those other ways are not so much focused on talking openly and courageously about the Gospel as they are about living with hope (1Peter 3:15), loving everyone (John 15:12) , expressing the unity of the Body of Christ (John 17:21), praying (1Tim 2:1), and being faithful to use whatever God has given us for the good of others.

While we are all part of the mission, we are not all given the same gifts and grace of those we think of as “soul winners”.

If it is our longing and prayer to be a part of the most important search and rescue on earth, it’s very possible that we have been given a supporting role that is critically needed.

The Apostle Peter knew what it was like to go silent. He also knew what it was like to be fearless in behalf of Christ. Yet late in life he didn’t end up with the conclusion that all of us serve the cause in the same way. Neither did he seem to think that it’s always time to talk about our faith. In the third chapter of his first letter he wrote about living with such hope in the middle of tough circumstances that others might become curious enough to begin asking questions (1Peter 3:15). The hard part of that counsel is in the living. The easy part is the talking– once we are asked.

In the next chapter, though, Peter seems even more to the point that we all have different roles and responsibilities in supporting the mission of Christ. Beginning in verse 7 of chapter 4 he wrote 2000 years ago, “The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever” (1Peter 4:7-11 NLT).

Imagine the credibility of the Gospel when those who have been given the grace to speak, are supported by a Body that is filled with that kind of love and service to others.

More often than not– friendship, acceptance and love need to be shown, before a word about the Gospel is spoken to those who– if the truth be known– are more afraid of us… than we are of them.

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83 Responses to “Why is Sharing our Faith so Difficult?”

  1. dja says:

    Amen, Mart! Many years ago, as a new believer, I know I turned people off because I just had to tell the Good News. Then over the years I found it hard to witness to others if that was my agenda. Thankfully, I began to understand that the words would be there when it was the right season, and all of that would be of the Lord. Living in this world with faith and hope and, most of all, love is how we show Christ.

    We have lived in our neighborhood for 27 years. It was hard in the first few years because we were not from this area and people kept their distance from the family who went to church on Sunday morning instead of mowing their lawn or washing their car. My husband is a very friendly guy and never stopped reaching out to the people of our village. He would always, and still does, stop and help whenever he sees a need, and if he sees that someone needs something to do a job, and he has it, he will stop what he’s doing and offer it to them. We have had people come and ask us to pray for them because many times when something has happened to a family we will offer comfort and assure them of our prayers for them.
    Last year, our next door neighbors had a big family party and there was drinking. Their dog got out and went over to the lawn of the neighbor across the street (2 families that have had their struggles over the years). Well, we heard shouting and not so nice words from both sides as the dogowner brought his dog back home. The next day, my husband saw and spoke with the dogowner, and our neighbor after talking with my husband, saw that he was wrong in the way that he handled it, so he then went across the street and apologized and asked for forgiveness from the man across the street. But then the wife of the neighbor across the street came over to our house and began complaining about the dogowner. The Lord gave my husband such patience to continually bring her back to the fact that the dogowner had sought forgiveness and that her husband had given it and that it was over. She left still wanting to rehash it but knowing that he wasn’t going to let that happen.
    I believe that as we live each day, by God’s grace, showing His principles in love, we are witnessing and laying the groundwork for the actual words of the Gospel. It always amazes me when the words have come out of my mouth without any preparation or planning. I think that’s “speaking a word in season”.

    It’s a beautiful day in NEPA today.

  2. florida7sun says:

    Helen Keller said, “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.”

    The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things in Him that strengtheneth me.”

    Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from Me ye can do nothing.”

    If the Lord Jesus is first in our mind, body and soul; His spirit will guide us in sharing His Word through our speech, the work of our hands, and His love in our heart.

    The deceiver does not like that. Yet that is why we are here: to give honor and glory to the One that foreknew us. He loves us more than we will ever comprehend in our fallen nature. But each day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

    Warming up today to the mid-90s. Raining season has begun. Cleaning, washing and ironing today. My beautiful bride and daughter fly home this evening.

    Blessings and love to all, Ray

  3. nezzar says:


    Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When words that are pleasing to God and inviting to others come out it is because of the time you have spent with God putting those words in there. The preparation is you spending time with the Lord the planning is all His of course. But you are usable because you spend time with Him.

    Today’s post is exactly what I’ve been thinking for years. Paul often used military metaphors so here I go. Not everyone in the Army is infantry. After all where do they get their bullets food water and all the other things that they need to be effective in the battlefield. Simple they get it from me supply. Without me they would run out of bullets starve and go thirsty. Every one in the army is trained to be somewhat efficient as infantry, but that doesn’t mean that we would all be good at it, and I’ve seen what happens when they try to do my job.

    How does that apply here? I have seen Jesus save two people through me and I know that the seed was planted in at least six others. For some people those numbers are in the hundreds or the thousands. Am I jealous of their hundreds or thousands? No. They have their calling and I have mine. My true calling is to build the faith of those who already believe. Seeing God use me in this way gives me great joy. No one should look at there calling and say because I’m not an evangelist I’m not a good Christian. Also no one should look at another and say because your calling is not the same as mine you are not as good a Christian as me. When the evangelist gets discouraged and overwhelmed where does he turn? To those whom Jesus has placed in their lives to be the encourager, the teacher the pastor the prophet and the appostel. We are not all the same and we are not supposed to be, so we should stop being insecure about it.

    One last thought I think that this Idea that everyone in the body of Christ needs to be an evangelist stems from some unscrupulous preachers who felt that they could grow their churches if they taught everyone to be evangelists. They chased the 99 instead of the one. Some church growth strategies are nothing more than a cancer in the body of Christ.

    Topped 120 today

  4. nezzar says:

    By the way I love the Rhino’s

  5. BruceC says:


    Glad you brought this up. I heard a guest speaker(pastor from a different area) speak at a church we used to attend. He said he couldn’t understand why folks didn’t change 180 deg. like he did when he was saved. Couldn’t understand why folks struggle at times. Couldn’t understand why “we” didn’t take walks in the nearby village and speak with peoiple sitting on their front porch about Christ. “It’s easy” he said. “I do it all the time” he said. Well that’s great; that is what God has YOU to do; not evreyone else. He turned off a lot of people that day with his dogmatic “my way” speaking.
    He obviously forgot that some people are the mouth of the body, some are the little toes, etc., etc.
    We are to do what He calls us to do for Him and no other. We are to listen for His guidance; and that may not be the guidance of others who believe they have the “answers”. I think many are put on guilt trips by these type of folks and some are harmed deeply. Let us ever be mindful of what we say and how we say it; along with how we live.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  6. poohpity says:

    I fully believe that not to many Christians develop relationships with those who are not saved which really does not leave them any opportunity to share their faith. They go to church several time a week and volunteer at church and share meals with their friends from church and sort of form a cliche of believers. Where they work they find the Christians there and mass together like a secret society and gossip about the behaviors of the unsaved.

    I have heard Christians say I was brought up in a Christian home so I was really not that bad when I received Christ. So when they share their faith story it really is not that powerful because they do not realize their own sin nature so they talk more about their works then the reality of their filthiness before a Holy God. They preach to others and do not share the real grace they have been shown nor do they fully understand the mercy that we live everyday by.

  7. oneg2dblu says:

    florida7son… words from an Abider in Christ have much more meaning, and never void, if directed by the abider’s superior!
    Thanks for sharing that good stuff, with those good words you can’t miss your mark, us… and we are blessed by them. Gary

  8. bratimus says:


    You are coming a good supplier of words as you are with bullets

  9. oneg2dblu says:

    dja… there is just something about being around a new believer, you can’t shut them up, for they cannot contain themselves. Praise God!
    They seem crazy even with just a touch of the Holy Spirit, that is why they are only given a deposit!
    Praise God!
    Nothing like being around a newly confessed Jesus Freak to get your spiritual juices flowing faster.
    No wonder why they annoy unbelievers so. Praise God, He allows us to settle down a little… lol :)

  10. oneg2dblu says:

    I remember calling my family members to share the Good News! Only to hear from my oldest brother, “That’s great, but don’t get to crazy with that Jesus stuff!” How was that for brotherly advice? When I told my Born Again little sister, she was overjoyed, not resevreved or annoyed! Unfortunately, from the world around us, we learn rather quickly to stifle our new language, to meet the masses! Then, the Lord gives us other instructions. Who do we most listen to, the world on the outside, or the still small voice on the inside?
    Abider’s follow the still small voice, if they continue to abide, but those who make other choices, make other choices. Lord give me the strength to Abide in you today, and hope for tomorrow!

  11. poohpity says:

    “Preach the gospel always, and when absolutely necessary, use words.”
    — St. Francis of Assisi

  12. oneg2dblu says:

    Mart… we who are in the shadows, as you have said, have certainly experienced life differently than those who have a greater ease at turning a conversation, or turning on the light, sharing their faith in all situations. The reasons why they can, are different for those who can win so many, but the standard of hearing the great command, and then serving your life up to meet that command, through His Power, is the only constant.
    After that, don’t we all have the overcoming of our shadowing fears and handicaps, before we can effectively use our gifts and talents for the King?

  13. boukie says:

    I feel as if you have lifted a humungous burden from my heart. I recently gave an awkward presentation of the Gospel which did little more than offend. I now will concentrate on loving and establishing a meaningful relationship with this person, hopefully soon to be a friend.

  14. alegria says:

    Have loved reading this discussion. Thanks everyone for their thoughts!

    I’m not an evangelist. Sometimes the Lord has allowed me to share the Gospel with words, but usually He puts me in a situation where I’m called to encourage. That’s my gift. My sweet husband Dan once told me he thought I should get a degree in counseling since people are always sharing their hearts with me anyway. :) It took me so long to appreciate the spiritual gift God had given me rather than envying those with the gifts of evangelism or organization.

    One of our pastor’s once said, “Remember that the unbelievers you want to see come to Christ should be people you love, not projects.” Della, that’s what you and your husband have been doing……loving the neighbors even if they aren’t always lovable.

    Nezzar, my son Ben is in the National Guard – not deployed at the moment. Every day I pray he will encounter believers like you who live your faith while they serve the country. Thanks for doing what you do.


  15. teezcain says:

    Wow, I had to read this blog over and over again because what Mart talked about hit home with me so much. Believe it or not, over a year ago I wrote a devotional centered around this same topic and had it published. The 30-day devotional is called The Image of Faith. My main reason for writing this devotional is because so many do find it hard to witness and share their faith in Jesus. The devotional has simple yet practical ways any Christian can “show” their love for Christ and thus be presented with opportunities to one day witness. The Image of Faith: A Christian Devotional of Random Kindness. (30 Practical Ways to Spread the Love of Jesus Christ in 30 days.) If anyone out there has a copy or has read it, let me know what you think.

  16. hamer says:

    The body of Christ is made up of many parts and all are very significant and all depend on each other whether they acknowledge and give thanks for this dependence or not.
    It is in part a reason for as one has said “a feeling of guilt”. But this guilt if one has turned their lives over to Christ is not from GOD. It is I believe a guilt distributed by the ruler of this world which is only to make us feel unworthy, which can lead to idleness and so on…
    What we must realize is the Body of Christ must give thanks and honor to each part and thanks and honor to God for each part of the body.
    It is through obedience to God that we are all to raise up the body of Christ, His Church which is all his people.
    The emphasis but on and rightly so the Great Commission is in itself overwhelming when one stops to ponder how they themselves are to carry this Commission.
    We might do well to relate to all the very significance of each part of the body that makes up the body of Christ. Thus we would see and know that each part of the body is needed in caring out and fulfilling the Great Commission.
    So right now I give thanks to God for each one of the parts (you and me) and ask Him
    for the graces for each one of us to fulfill our parts to the Glory and Honor of his name.

  17. bubbles says:

    Mart, THANK YOU once again for your encouragement. Your words and thoughts mean so much.

    Sometimes, I believe, Christians take the “I’m praying for you” comments for granted. I have seen people who are not believers very touched and grateful when they are told I am praying for them. It then convicts me because it’s easy to forget how special prayer for others can really be, and how much we need to pray for each other. I had not really thought about how that too, can be a “witness” to others. . . a ministry really. Thank you, Mart, for pointing this out to us.

    @ Nezzar: THANK YOU for what you are doing. Your service to us here in the US is deeply appreciated. May God protect you and keep you in His care.

  18. jimgroberts says:

    Spiritual fruits – Love, Joy,….. Most people when they fall in love for the first time want everybody to know who they are in love with. People listen because of the deep sincerity. Jesus even demanded of the ephesus church “return to your first love…” When I was born again and baptised I was so in love with Jesus I showed my joy by dancing, singing and speaking. Some people even speak in tongues and prophecy when the spirit comes on them. You see this also in Acts. When the disciples were under great persecution there prayer was to “give us boldness to witness and and confirm your word with wonders and Miracles”. It is a duty for us to share the gift we have been given. Where are those who need to hear mostly “the highways and the by ways”. Let us not be in fear or be ashamed. God is asking “who will go, who can I send”. Let us be the ones who say “I will go, send me”!!!

  19. foreverblessed says:

    This evening’s devotional of CH Spurgeon is very fitted for the topic:evning june 7
    He writes about Revelation 3:19 be zealous, in the letter to the Laodiceans. That zeal is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and it is the first fruit needed if we are to be a witness to the world. Zeal is the result of an ever closer relation to our Maker and Saviour. Zeal, as Jesus was full of zeal.
    (I had to read this often as to me the word zeal is related to the pharasees, it has a negative taste to me, but it shouldn’t, I realise now)
    You can find this devotion now also on biblegateway

  20. cliffleanne says:

    I recommitted my life in 1991; and at first, I had a terrible time sharing my faith and felt great conviction because I was not sharing my love for Christ and missing so many opportunities. Then, someone told me, “The best form of witnessing is lifestyle evangelism”. Yes, this is difficult too, but it was easier than having to talk to someone about it.
    When I first recommitted my life to Christ, I had very low self esteem, having grown up under an alcoholic father (and that is not to blame my dad, just a bit of background info). God led me to a Christian counselor who helped me overcome all that. I was in a youth group with an awesome, on-fire Christian named Joey. He was the type of Christian who, like Mart spoke of above, could go shopping, be bagging his groceries, get into a conversation with the cashier and have him giving his life to the Lord by the end of his order. God had given Joey such an awesome gift. I was enjoying lifestyle evangelism but wanted what Joey had. I know envy and jealousy is wrong, so I continued to pray that I would be able to evangelize like Joey. In time and after much praying, I found God had given me the gift of evangelism, not exactly like Joey… I still think of his gift so often… but the type of evangelism God wanted me to have.

    So all that to say that the best evangelism is lifestyle evangelism because actions speak louder than words; but if you desire to be able to speak of the hope that lies within you, pray for it. If that is the way God wishes you to share Him, He will answer your prayer. However, each one of us has been given a gift from God. Ask God to define your gift, use it, and God will refine it. God will give you so many opportunities to use that gift, more than you ever could have imagined; and you will find you are glorifying the Lord without having to plan it beforehand. Opportunities will just be there because God will provide them and will give you the boldness to carry out witnessing using the gift He has given you. Then thank Him.

    You will find that by sharing Jesus with those around you makes your life joyful, fulfilled and even fun. You will find you are being blessed too as you share God with the lost, especially when you pray with someone for them to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Now that is cool!!! Not that we can take the credit; but the first time I shared Christ with someone and they accepted Him as their personal Savior, I was so hyped up, it took days for me to come back down. It was awesome; and the more I share Christ with people, the more I want to do it. And even the days that I don’t have an opportunity, or even miss an opportunity, there isn’t conviction like there had been before. Praise God for the gift He has given me and the abundant life He has given me. John 10:10

  21. johnnycool says:

    My experience is the difficulty lies in attempting to discuss the one Truth with those that believe there are many ‘truths’, or have the view that each person can have their own ‘truth’. Another difficulty is there have been numerous high-level ‘leaders’ over the years who have received lots of publicity for professing Christ, then have tarnished the reputation of Christianity through involvement in all sorts of things the rest of believers (and often non-believers alike) find abhorent. So, the reputation of the faith in general is one people I encounter often see as a ‘joke’, or one in which it’s followers are, in their eyes, hypocrites. Who would want to follow such a faith? It’s a difficult argument to overcome sometimes. I have learned each of us have different gifts and can share our faith in different ways, beyond that of oral arguments. So my approach is to simply demonstrate what a life in the faith should (hopefully) be like – I try to go the extra mile when I don’t have to, smile when it’s dark, comfort when it’s awful and be above the fray as much as possible. It’s a hard job to do when all around you is darkness, but I do attempt to be the light and show there is something different within me – a peace, a hope, a belief in something greater than all of us, and an acknowledgement we are ALL very imperfect regardless of our faith.

  22. poohpity says:

    So true johnnycool!! If we displayed in our actions the love, grace, forgiveness and mercy we have been shown rather trying to be the Holy Spirit by convicting others of their sin it would be an outrageous witness.

  23. poohpity says:

    I do not think there is anything better than someone asking you “what gives you hope and peace?” or “how come you are being so kind to that person when they treated you so bad?”. To have another person ask you why you are different opens the door to share your faith.

    In the emergency room night before last the nurse was taking my medical history and after saying that I was on drugs for twenty one years he shared that a good friend was having such a hard time getting off of them and asked what did I do to get off of them. There was the opening. I then shared how I went into a church and prayed for God to help me and the conversation went on and was able to share the testimony God had given me. God will always provide an opening to share how he worked in our lives.

  24. disciple7 says:

    I’ve read some great articles here, and enjoy Been Thinking About…
    In this case, I would have to disagree. I feel that articles like this give people an excuse to justify their fear rather than overcome it.

    If you look at Revelation 21:8, it gives a list of people that will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Heading up the list of liars, fornicators and murderers is an interesting description: the cowardly. What are they doing there? Is that as bad as being a liar or murderer? It very well may be. If we are not telling others, we are withholding the knowledge of eternal life, and Scripture says that their blood will be on our hands (Ezekiel 33:8-9). If you say that is only written in the OT, look to Paul’s words in Acts 20:26-27. Most commentators agree that he is referring to that verse in Ezekiel.

    It saddens me to see excuses given for not sharing our faith, making it easier for Christians to justify themselves in willful disobedience, when the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 10:42) was given to all believers.
    Jesus asks, in Luke 6:46, “ Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

    Even an atheist, Penn Jillette, understands this as he says, “How much do you have to hate someone to believe that eternal life exists and not tell them that?” Indeed. And how much more would you have to hate them, to also know that eternal torment in the lake of fire awaits and not warn them of that?

    Now with all that said, you need to know that I have had to battle this in my own life. I am not an outgoing person, I am quiet and prefer to be behind the scenes rather than in front of people, or bringing up controversial subjects like this with others.
    But we are all called to become equipped to share our faith Biblically, which I learned to do in a Way of the Master training class. I have never been the same. I would highly recommend it to anyone who struggles with sharing their faith, as I continue to pray for more workers in the harvest field (Luke 10:2).
    Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by your fears, overcome them!

  25. poohpity says:

    disciple7, how do you feel this article is about giving into fear or justifying it about spreading the gospel when Mart said, “Imagine the credibility of the Gospel when those who have been given the grace to speak, are supported by a Body that is filled with that kind of love and service to others.

    More often than not– friendship, acceptance and love need to be shown, before a word about the Gospel is spoken to those who– if the truth be known– are more afraid of us… than we are of them.” ???????

  26. johnnycool says:

    disciple7 – outstanding points – I think you’ve shown the other side of this issue and it is very valid. I will take your wisdom under advisement. I think most folks are very afraid of ‘offending’ these days and perhaps we’ve become somewhat meek as a result to avoid any type of confrontation to keep the peace, but ultimately at what price? What has worked for me is first, show them then tell them – people respect the demonstration over a period of time more than lip service up front. When attempting to do the reverse, it turns most people off, but I agree we shouldn’t be silent either. Great input, thanks again.

  27. marma says:

    Oh, yes, I’m one of those who has felt guilt. I appreciate what Paul said in I Cor 2:3 “in weakness and in much fear and trembling.” But also in the power of the Holy Spirit! When God does call us to speak, it will be His power, not our fine speaking.

    (Btw, I appreciated DoD this week, especially where Dr. R said that Abraham had his ups and downs. We will fail in others eyes, but we then need to be honest and humble about that before God and those who see it. I don’t think that those who don’t know Christ expect to see perfection. They do want to see something real, though.)

    Lately I’ve been impressed that though I may disagree with what someone is saying, caving isn’t the way to go, just to be friendly. It’s okay to disagree, but there is a proviso. I can speak the truth, but as I Peter 3:15 says, with “gentleness and respect” (NIV) when talking to others. That is so important.

    I have also appreciated Paul’s saying in I Cor 2 that he determined to know nothing but Christ crucified. I take that to mean that he didn’t get involved in other issues of the day that would distract from the most important issue for men and women’s souls. I always felt that was terrific advice.

  28. 365miracles says:

    Greetings, everyone!
    I got saved by the Lord in 1994 after a near-death experience in 1993 (at 22 years old). Six years later–still the only Christian in our large clan–I was in anguish over my beloved Dad’s death, in large part because during his last few days I held back from sharing the faith with him (verbally). But I had done that previously through a long letter.
    Since I’ve been a Christian, I’ve experienced:
    -seeing a friend receive Christ after only 2 phone calls where I shared the Gospel
    -giving letters & talking repeatedly to a sibling, to seemingly no avail
    -sharing the Gospel to a distant relative within an h

  29. 365miracles says:

    Sorry…inadvertently cut my message… :-(
    …as I was saying, within an hour of meeting her for the first time, and having the honor and privilege of guiding her through the prayer of salvation.
    -using the last few minutes of my wakefulness (after being administered sedatives) to share the Gospel with the nurse who was preparing me for a D&C as I mourned over a lost baby (through miscarriage).
    -seeing my best friend–a very honorable person–of more than 20 years receive the word, again, to seemingly no effect, YET…
    -seeing God tremendously turn around the life of another friend who’d been a profligate daughter, prideful, liberal in every sense; who now proclaims Christ’s goodness even through her debilitating disease.
    I’ve used tracts, personal letters, text messages, emails, FB posts, my blog, phone conversations, snail mails and even distributed tracts to tollway & grocery clerks during Christmas & Easter…
    I don’t know everything that God has been doing, but somehow I know in my heart–I will be very, very joyfully surprised someday in Eternity at how God has created fine wines of faith in other people through my weak and impure water (of efforts).
    God bless everyone.

  30. disciple7 says:

    I believe that our walk must match our talk, and we should be exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, and sharing with love and respect.

    But we don’t always have time to make friends with people before we share the Gospel. My sister felt convicted to share with people on two different occasions, she put it off and they died before she was able to. Don’t let that happen to you. We don’t know when our last breath will be, but approximately 150,000 people die in the world every day.

    Some will disagree, but I find it harder to witness to friends and family because you have that relationship at stake. I find strangers are actually easier to talk to. What if you were able to share with anyone, anywhere? And the way of sharing was Biblical and unchanging, whether you’re talking to a top executive in an office or a down and out homeless person on the street? Or anyone in between. The bottom line is that we are commanded by our Lord to share the Good News, not make excuses for not doing it.

    I forget who said it, but I heard a quote once that said, “You cannot say, ‘No Lord’ and mean both words.”

  31. disciple7 says:

    Thanks for the encouragement johnnycool. I agree that we’ve become too meek, yet still must be careful not to concentrate solely on punishment and wrath, either. The Gospel has to be a balance.

    I believe we can talk to people, even strangers about spiritual things. There are resources available at The Way of the Master with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Do a google search for the website, there’s a lot of good info there. Here in Phoenix, we offer free training with some of the DVDs I’ve bought from there, and I’ve seen others offering it as well in other cities.

  32. disciple7 says:

    Awesome stories, 365miracles, keep it up! We don’t always see the results of what God is doing, and some of those who seemingly had no reaction still had seeds planted. The Lord may send others to water them and convict their hearts to salvation to God’s glory alone!
    We are only to be obedient, and keep them all in prayer.
    God bless.

  33. SFDBWV says:

    Jesus said that a prophet is not received in his own home; why? Perhaps it is because he is too well known and all of his faults are remembered. It is very difficult for most Christians to “preach” to their elder relatives, especially someone like a mother or father. However not only is it easy to present the Christ to our children, it is of the most important event we can ever do. In fact our children should be raised up from before birth with the “gospel” ingrained into their hearts and mind.

    Can it be over done? Some will say yes that a childhood of being “preached to” turns some away from the faith. Only in the method of how Christ is presented in our “preaching”.

    Is love presented and is Jesus shown as the Author of Love? Love won’t fail but insisting on a person to believe the same way we do will.

    This topic and some of the comments have me thinking of extremes. There is the person who wears a sign around his neck and walks up and down the streets proclaiming the end is near and is often accompanied with John 3: 3. Then there is the little quiet lady who always comes to church never has much to say but is always so pleasant that everyone remembers her for it.

    Both are a voice for Christ and most of us are going to fit in somewhere in between these two examples.

    The key being the Holy Spirit; we are all to follow the Holy Spirit’s urgings not step ahead of them. The power of our words, even the words we speak or write must be from Him not us.

    We must be sensitive to listen to that still small voice in our heart, not that intellect of our own in our head.

    Present yourselves holy to others, not by your mouth but by your actions….Action always speaks louder than words. Present yourself a living sacrifice for Christ and your life becomes your witness and others will see it plainly, and listen to what you have to say.

    Bright blue skies this morning, and cool for now.


  34. Seyi says:

    Thank you for sharing this post Mart, especially as I have been pondering on how I would share the faith with others I come in contact with daily. Reading through it, the light were just going on in me head and I was all smile.

    I would also like to add a few things, and hopefully clarify/unify a bit of what disciple7 means with what has been shared. All of us should be capable of sharing our faith through speech with others. However if we all try to do the same work, or attempt to minister in the same way I think there would be a lot of chaos especially when those who have the primary gift of being outgoing and always sharing their faith through speech come in contact with those who are a bit more reserved. We all have our unique ways of ministry and should constantly endeavor to grow in that.

    So using Paul’s analogy in Romans 12, we are all members of the same body, not everyone can be the eye or the ear or the hand. Each of us must find what God has called us to do and do it to the best of our ability. However we can also sometimes venture out of our comfort zones if the need arises. For example, when one is in a very dark place and the eyes cannot see to direct the body, the hand becomes the way we feel around and “see” temporarily until we reach the light so that the eyes can become useful again. So also we should reach a point that although our primary gift might be supporting the ministry of others or encouraging others, if we are in a situation where we are left alone with a person in need of Christ, and God creates an opening for us to speak, we should not go and look for a friend that can preach to the most heinous criminal and make him give his life to Christ, rather we should pray for the boldness, lean on God’s strength and immediately take advantage of that opportunity to share our faith by speaking to that person.

  35. alegria says:

    As I have aged/matured in my faith (got a long way still to go) God has made me more comfortable in sharing my faith – yesterday it was the lady at the Kroger Bakery when I was ordering a cake for inlaws 55th wedding anniversary. Still, evangelism is not my calling, it’s encouraging. In the process of exercising that gift, God has given me many opportunities to share Him and the message of salvation.

    The key, like Steve mentioned, is to be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is urging you to do.

  36. florida7sun says:

    Once we are united with Christ in marriage, we are one with Him. We hear Him speak through His Word. The Comforter gives us assurance and understanding. We embrace His truth that He is preparing a place for us with Him eternally.

    Yet, we are sojourners here in a land occupied by giants all around us. Trials and temptations afflict us. Sin permeates the landscape. Its dust of conformity with the world covers our feet wherever we go.

    We are only free in Christ. Christ in us is where we find our strength, courage and the joy of abundant life. We no longer live, and death no longer rules our bodies.

    There is something wonderful about speaking the Name of Jesus. As a groom delights in revealing his bride and a bride is joyful in displaying the presence of her groom, the glory of their love is revealed in their countenance and speech. True love cannot be hidden.

    It also cannot be restrained… unless we perceive giants in the land that weaken our faith, sap our strength and place foreboding clouds over us.

    The deceiver and his demons are skillful and determined to instill fear, remorse and regret… to the very extent that we would curse the Name of our Beloved.

    Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, wholly followed Jehovah. They grew in the knowledge of Him and were one with Him. Where others perceived giants in the land, they saw the very promise of God.

    There is a time to speak His Name and a time to be silent. Our speech, the work of our hands, and the love in our hearts are all testimonies of the One we hold dear.

    His Comforter provides understanding as we grow in His Word. His love for us, and our love for Him, is the flowing spring that transforms us into His very image. And, we must be in prayer for ourselves and others.

    There is everlasting joy and a taste of heaven on earth when we are united in marriage to the Lamb of God. Praise His Name!

    Today is the day our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    Blessings and love to all, Ray

  37. cherielyn says:

    I was trying to think of how to respond to this without “tooting my own horn” when I saw the post by 365miracles.

    A friend, who passed away several years ago, had a gift that I wished I had. He could walk up to a complete stranger and immediately start witnessing to him/her. At his funeral, one of his sons told of the time that he and his dad went fishing at a local damn. Within five minutes of arriving, his dad was already talking to a fellow fisherman about the Lord and before they left, the man was on his knees praying for salvation. I wish I had that boldness!

    The Lord uses each of us in His own way and though my experiences have been few and far between, over the course of my life, I have had the opportunity to personally lead a few people to the Lord because He orchestrated the circumstances. I hadn’t planned on sharing the individual experiences until I saw the post by 365miracles.

    My husband had a business and on two separate occasions customers came with their wives to have work done. I invited the wives, who were strangers, to have coffee with me. On each occasion, the wives opened up and shared deep personal hurts with me. I happened to have a compelling message by a former pastor, on tape, and asked if they would like to hear it. Each did and at the end, when the pastor asked if anyone would like to accept Christ, to raise their hands, each of these women did. I did not feel capable, but the Lord helped me to pray with each of them and they accepted the Lord, right there in my living room.

    A neighbor was having medical issues and was going a doctor in another state on a Monday. The prior Saturday I felt the strong leading to speak to him. After asking him where he thought he would go if he died that night, his response was, “I hope I would go to heaven. I think I’ve lived as good a life as people who go to church every Sunday.” I explained that going to church doesn’t get you to heaven and that some people who go to church every Sunday might not be there. By the end of our visit he accepted the Lord. The following week he was diagnosed with ALS and told he had 10 months to live. He & his wife promptly moved to that state to be near their kids for his remaining days. I spoke with him on the phone a number of times after that and have no doubt that his conversion was real.

    One day I felt the strong urge to bring my Bible with me when I went to town. On the way home I stopped to pick up eggs from a friend. She shared that she would be leaving the next day to see her son, in AZ, because she just got news that day that he had a brain tumor and didn’t have much time. I knew, then, why I had to bring my Bible. I was able to share with her and she accepted the Lord.

    In 2007 I had the opportunity to share Christ with my 96 year old mother-in-law. I had shared many times, over the years, but she was not receptive. Over a three hour period I had been reading a New Age book to her, at her request, and frequently stopped to tell her I didn’t agree with the author and explained why. During our reading session I asked her the same question I had of my neighbor and she responded that she hoped she would go to heaven. I told her she didn’t have to hope, she could know and began explaining. At the end, she asked, “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me this before?” She ended up accepting Christ, but I was uncertain because she had dementia. The next day I asked the question again. She began to say, “I hope….” Then she stopped, mid-sentence and said, “I WILL be going to heaven.” She passed away 6 months later.

    I have had a few other opportunities, including personally leading 2 of my four children to Christ. This is already so long so I won’t go into further details.

    Recently I heard a speaker on my local Christian radio station, speaking about leading people to Christ and the importance of building a personal relationship first. I am currently building a relationship with a new neighbor. One day we went for lunch and I prayed silently before eating my meal after which she said that I would have to show her how to do that. She waffles a lot. One day she is interested, the next she says she’s not sure she believes “that stuff.” She is very into science programs, the type that promote Godless explanations of how the world came about, etc. Please pray for her (and for me).

  38. cherielyn says:

    I apologize! My post turned out much longer than I intended.

  39. poohpity says:

    discilple7, just as Mart and others have said that sharing the Gospels comes in many forms. All the abilities given to us from God to do His work are part of sharing Jesus with the world around us. As long as what we do is out of love for the Lord and not to get a star next to our name or because we are shamed or made to feel guilty that is not from the Lord.

    As far as leading people to Christ I believe that it is the Lord who draws folks to Himself we just pray with them and share what he has done in our lives. There are people that will have shared Christ with more people than I have and people that have shared less but who have planted and watered. Sharing our faith in actions and at times is done probably with better results than using our words.

    To me the only time it is hard to share with family and friends is because they see that our actions do not match our words and they being the closest to us are a good barometer as to how much Jesus is living through us or how much we are still in control.

  40. foreverblessed says:

    CHerielyn,your post was sooo short, it was a pity it was over, nothing more to read…
    Thanks for sharing, so you are a big witness to many, but this one at home. It is hard to share the gospel with the ones closest. As Pooh said, they see how you are.
    For me the scripture in 1 Peter 3:1-6 A quiet spirit, a peaceful mind of a woman, whose hope is in God. It took me quite a while to develop that attitude, as there is a man in the house, and you tend to go to the man for love, encouragement, but I had to learn to go to Jesus instead. It is a hard school, but the only one, since we must built our faith on Jesus and not on anybody else.
    Cherielyn, I pray for you, that you can stand in the adverse attitudes around you. What a learning school, to stay loving as people around you are not! Hold on,

    I also liked the comment of someone, that we should not make a person a project for us to bring them to Christ, but to love them.

  41. bratimus says:

    Witnessing and sharing your faith with family and life long friends is one of the hardest crowds to reach. It falls in line with Jesus saying that a prophet recieves no honor in his home town.

    One of the reasons is that family and life long friends remember every mistake you have made, and usually never let you forget about them, when you try an witness that Christ was perfect and i wasn’t, christ found me and now i try to be the best i can everyday. They seem to not hear the part where with Christ in my life i have a better shot at being the best i can be everyday. They usually hear I’m perfect, which is never said.

  42. oneg2dblu says:

    florida7son… what you have already posted, took alot of my wind today. Thank you. So, I’ve got some left for others…
    cherielyn, thanks for not leaving a word out. :)
    It never is in all our words, or all our efforts, this convicting, but it is the Work of the Holy Spirit through us, it is the Work of the Holy Spirit upon the hearer, that is what brings the conviction, the change, the Salvation, and the Blessings we all write about here.It is the very cement that holds together all the works of man, for the works of God. It is a greater love than we can ever express alone.

  43. marma says:

    365miracles: Thanks for your stories. Good reminder to me that we don’t know how things will turn out, but that we can share the truth and leave those results to God.

    I think prayer is an important part of our witness and love for others, too.

    When my school friend shared Christ with me, I was completely blind, blocked, and not really interested. She was praying for me –as were others. (I found this out later, after I had trusted in Christ.)

    Only God knows the heart, and God does what is impossible for men or women to do. Praise His name!

  44. disciple7 says:

    Lots of great comments out here, I just want to clarify a couple of things. I often hear the objection that we are not all called to be evangelists, and we are all different parts of the Body, but I fear that is taken out of context.

    Yes, we are all different parts of the same Body, but that Body is going out and sharing with others. You need your feet to walk out there, your ears to listen, your mouth to speak.

    The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are there to equip believers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up, per Eph 4:11-12.

    The evangelist is the one training and equipping people to be obedient and to share their faith with others. But the evangelist is NOT the only one sharing their faith, for the Great Commission is a command for ALL believers.

    Rather than waiting for the Holy Spirit to direct us to speak to someone about our faith, we really need to go ahead and do that unless the Holy Spirit directs us NOT to. We have already been given the mandate in Scripture to share our faith.

    Cherielyn, awsome stories, thanks for sharing them. I will keep you and your friend in prayer, but in the meantime, you said she likes science. So many people think that Christians are uneducated, anti-science idiots, but that is simply not the case.
    There’s tons of science in the Bible, and I’ve posted some Science and the Bible posts at my blog. You can click my name to get there and then search for Science and the Bible. Some of that info might be a great way to steer your friend in the right direction.

  45. poohpity says:

    your blog?

  46. poohpity says:

    Off Topic, could you guys pray for the wildfires here they are growing and causing many to leave their homes and the winds are picking up. They are north east of here in Mesa. Thank you!!!

  47. bubbles says:

    I need all of you to help, please. My heart is burdened tonight. A friend has advanced cancer. He is a very good person. He would do anything for anyone. He does not want anyone to know he is sick, so no one here knows except for a very small few.

    He does not know the Lord. He knows that Jesus died for him and loves him. Someone close to me witnessed to him recently. He did not want to hear it. Someone else spoke with him. He is polite, but does not want to make a decision to trust Christ as Savior.

    It would be much appreciated if all of you here could pray for this one. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would soften his heart. Thank you.

  48. disciple7 says:

    I’m sorry poohpity, I posted a link to my blog, but that is against the rules here (I just found the guidelines). But click my screen name, it should take you there. I put it in when I signed up, along with my testimony, but I cannot figure out how to view my profile here.

    Praying for the wildfires to be contained and for your friend, Bubbles.

  49. poohpity says:

    No harm to me, it is Mart’s blog and his guidelines.

  50. royalpalm says:

    Thanks for this topic Mart. I praise God for the testimonies already posted and the encouragement for each other. As I read the posts, even the ideas show that we are truly parts of the same body given different functions towards the common goal of building up the body to the glory of God.

    As poohpity pointed out some, like me, just post and go. I wish I could spend more time interacting, but I do not have the luxury…but I’ll try…

    Disciple7 I agree with you that we have been commanded so each one has to go and share the good news. Jesus
    assured us that the power and authority that He received along with His presence through the Holy Spirit will
    empower and guide us, so we can be bold about it… Like Floridasun said, “If the Lord Jesus is first in our mind, body and soul; His spirit will guide us in sharing His Word through our speech, the work of our hands, and His love in our heart.” That burning desire to tell others about the Lord will be part of our daily life.

    I can relate with those who, when first saved, were so excited about their faith in Christ. I was in residence
    with 200 students and I just shared what little I knew to my friends, then introduced them to those who knew a lot of Scriptures. Some became believers, others did not. I remember getting the training with Campus Crusade for Christ where we learned “Success in witnessing is simply sharing the good news about the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy spirit and leaving the results to God.” God does not demand success but faithfulness.

    We are each created unique and endowed with gifts. When we are interested in people, and show that we care, they
    relate to us and reveal a lot about themselves. This is how I know and make friends with all my neighbors. My
    neighbors have received some baking from my kitchen, or produce from my garden. I know who likes to receive
    asparagus and who welcomes apples. Most have borrowed from our home – an egg, a cup of flour, toilet plunger,
    wrench, tire pump,etc. and we also borrow from them. Because of this, it is easy to share with them my own problems and how the Lord has helped me. When I know of their problem or concern, I offer to pray and they usually do not mind, or I give them the Daily Bread.

    I am a substitute teacher and I get to know staff and students, their dreams and aspirations, along with their
    problems. I know of one who teacher who does not want anything about God, Jesus, the Bible, or anything spiritual. She curses and blasphemes but she is kind to me (she knows I am a Christian) because at the time of her mother’s sickness and later, death, I visited her and brought food. She always testifies that she never forgot those moments. This particular school is into native spirituality. Nevertheless during Christmas time, I give each teacher and staff a card with verses like I John 5:11-13 and John 20:31 praying that God will work in each heart.

    Another neighbor, very devout followers of another faith, do not want anything about Christianity, but we share meals and time together. They are rich and successful but lonely and do not have peace.

    For those who are ready we can share the gospel about sin, the death penalty, the righteousness through faith in Christ that leads to salvation, sanctification, glorification, eternal life, …

    But for those who are not, just like Daniel, we just have to be faithful to our Lord, and do the daily tasks that we need to do each day. Being friends, caring and loving. Someday, just like Belshazzar, who, when confronted with the writing on the wall realized that the wisdom of this world is futile -called for Daniel, in. Dan 15:14, and asked for his help. When people see our joy and peace and experience our love, they will be asking to know about the Lord we love.

  51. poohpity says:

    royalpalm, I was misunderstood about those who just pop in. I was speaking about those who come in with a chip on their shoulder and do not stay long enough to get to know anyone but assume a lot or jump to conclusions with out all the facts but a lot of finger pointing. They may not even take the time to read the guidelines before they bring criticism, judgment or chaos. If I offended anyone else with that statement please forgive me.

    I was thinking about this topic last night and was also reminded of Paul’s journeys spreading the gospel. He not only shared his faith story but stayed with them for a while to disciple them. He did not just share the Good News and when people believed then leave them to their own. He became involved in their spiritual journey and in their daily lives to help them form their support groups (churches). But more than anything they became family and shared love and care within the community and with those not in the immediate community. Obviously it worked because the church grew and grew.

    We can stand on our soap boxes and share about Jesus but people want to know they are cared for and loved. That they are just not numbers or notches on our belts they are people who the Lord thinks about constantly and wants a personal relationship with and if Jesus wants a personal relationship with them shouldn’t we too.

  52. florida7sun says:

    Having served as a banker to wealthy men and women, I have discovered that the world’s wealth is an illusionary one. It does not transform war into peace; hate into love; despair into joy; nor death into life.

    The world promotes itself: fame, fortune, fun and a fabulous lifestyle. The “reality” it suggests is simply a mirage in an expansive desert of destruction and death.

    Born into sin, we were all born beggars.

    Accumulation of the world’s wealth does not change that nor satisfy the hunger that exists in our souls. The world offers processed “junk food” with little nourishment and lots of additives that destroy the mind, body and spirit.

    Only Jesus, the Precious Gift of Our Father, is satisfying to our hunger and provides the daily sustenance that gives us His life, His light and His love. He feeds us and refreshes our spirit.

    Babylon is no substitute for Zion.

    Sharing His love with my clients has been a blessing… yet I too have discovered it is difficult for those who “love money and the riches of Babylon” to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Yet, the Lord is patient and keeps His embrace open on the man-made cross He carried to Golgotha.

    Blessings and love to all, Ray

  53. poohpity says:

    As far as being on here a lot being considered a “luxury” I would much rather be able to work and not be in this apartment all day being imprisoned here because of my health but for now that is my lot and I praise God because I trust Him with all that I am and have.

  54. disciple7 says:

    Great comments royalpalm, thanks for taking the time to leave them. I know we’re all busy with different things in our lives. It sounds like your witnessing is backed up by your lifestyle and love for others, praise God. Keep it up.

    Poohpity, there are no “notches on our belts” or “numbers of conversions.” God alone will convert a person for their salvation, all we need to do is be obedient in witnessing, because that is the method God chooses to bring people to him.

    As for deveoping a personal relationship with them, that would be great. But it’s not always possible and should not stop us from witnessing just because we won’t have that additional opportunity. The Ethiopian enuch was left on his own after Phillip explained the Gospel in Acts 8:27-40. As a geniune believer, I’m sure he was able to find other believers and a Church to grow and fellowship in, just as any true convert will do the same today. If God is truly working in their heart, you won’t be able to stop them.

    Paul was beaten and run out of town many times, and it certainly wasn’t because of his care and love for others, but because of his uncompromising preaching of the Truth along with it.

    If our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had only preached love and good works alone, He would never have been crucified.

  55. poohpity says:

    Philip stayed long enough to discuss the scriptures and baptize the man but Philip had no choice as to whether he could stay with the man any longer because God whooshed him away. The scripture does not put a time frame on the time they spent together only saying that it was noon when it started.

    As far as Jesus only preaching love, I fully believe that is all he preached and lived and then ended His life with the most sacrificial love that there has ever been known. The good works part comes because of what we believe and that was what the cross freed us to do.

    I am not saying that there is anything wrong with what you do if that is what you do. I was just thinking about those who came before us and how they shared their faith. No finger pointing involved as to you I was talking about the topic. Forgive me if I offended you in anyway it is not my job to judge you or criticize what you do. If you haven’t noticed I like to talk. :-)

  56. oneg2dblu says:

    diciple7… you have blessed my socks off today with your link brother . You do a great service to anyone who will be open enough to accept your message, and given words. Your evangelistic work is both commanded and blessed. I’m blessed to know of your high calling, and challenged to be part of it. The Great Commission, is for “all disciples” of Jesus Christ, not just those, who feel fine to stay where they are.
    Your work rocked my boat today, becuase it is what we should all be about.

  57. oneg2dblu says:

    The Great Commission will never end for us here on this earth. The whole world around us suffers, because many of us do not use our time in the persuing of the Great Commission. We balk, we talk, we challenge others, we argue our petty stances, our doctrinal differences, and other junk, and our time which should be spent elsewhere…is lost and becomes misdirected by any means “other than” doing what is the most Christian thing we can do, help others to see their need of believing what is truth, what is repentance, what is walking the talk, or living with the Law, and what is reqrired for Salvation, because we have spent ourselves elsewhere. We can change this and asking God to change us, is the best way I can share. Gary

  58. dodi says:

    Dr. Billy Graham once said that some one came up to him and asked him this question > “Billy what was it your father said that had such a profound influence upon your life to become an evangelist”? Billy answered with this response > “It wasn’t any one particular thing my father said, that I can recall, it was just simply the life he lived”

    One water’s one sows, but it is God who gives the increase, we are not to make coverts of the gospel, but we are to make known the gospel, some do it verbably, some do it prayerfully, prayer evangelism, many do it thru the concentrated life they live.
    Once my husband was working on a car and there was an unconverted man helping him, tom (my husband) had to use a hammer for something and anyway… the hammer came down very hard on his hand, he bent double in pain, but never released an obsene off colored word, the gentleman noticed this and said
    ” how could anyone be in that much pain and not curse”, my husband said ” it was an open door, that Christ went through much more pain than I just did and that man months later told my husband because of that incident he became a christian.
    Someone is ALWAYS watching how we respond to everyday life, prosperity, trials and tradgedy’s ……perhaps this is one of the surest ways to make known the gospel. Just my thoghts… God Bless ______ dodi

  59. disciple7 says:

    poohpity, yes, if the opportunity is there, we should most definately disciple people, but if the Lord closes that door to have someone else disciple them, then we must be ok with that as well. We serve the Lord.

    Did you know that every time the love of God is mentioned in the Bible, it is in relation to His sacrifice for us? And that’s because we need that sacrifice, which is a demonstration of the amount of God’s love. That’s why I always try to explain our NEED for a Savior when witnessing.

    I agree that we should witness to people as those who came before us, and to be Biblical, it is always Law to the proud, Grace to the humble (James 4:6).

    I am not offended in any way, but it most certainly IS your job to judge me (1 Cor 5:12). If I’m doing anything wrong or unbiblical, please let me know. I enjoy discussions like this as well.

  60. disciple7 says:

    Thanks, oneg2dblu, I’m glad you’ve found the info useful. To God alone be the glory, I could do none of it myself. It is not in my character to be out there doing these things.

    dodi, you are correct, people are always watching us, and I know that I fall short way too often. We will not be perfect this side of heaven, but we should definately be striving for it, through Christ. Thanks for the story about your husband, that’s awesome!

  61. poohpity says:

    In the context of 1 Cor 5:12 that was blatant sin in the church. I am not the one to judge what you feel you are doing to share the gospel or criticize your methods. It is not my job at all and even calling a brother or sister to look at their sin we must be very, very careful with that as well.

  62. nezzar says:


    Sorry you are stuck in your appartment, but glad to read your posts. :)

    About 7 months ago I moved to a new company and started to get to know someone that I had only met as a coworker before. When he told me what his religion was I had a hard time not laughing in his face and ridiculing him as an idiot. It was only by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that I was able to keep a strait face and and take him seriously if not his religion. I soon learned that he had grown up in the church, but the judgemental attitude and gossiping of those in his childhood church were a primary contributer for him to turn his back on the one true God. I watched other Christians tried to witness to him knowing that they would not reach him. One day he asked me if he would be persecuted every day for not being Christian. I told him that I was not into persecuting anyone, that just wasn’t me. I prayed for him continualy and shared my faith and listened to him share his. I maintained that I believed in Jesus Christ alone while he had jesus and other gods. I waited for the Holy Spirit to give me the right words at the right time and continued to pray. I never belittled him or his beliefs. He was raised with more doctrine than I could teach and could quote more tracks than I had ever seen. He told me later that the only thing that I had that he wanted was my intimacy with God. He had his gods that he had always felt were near to him. We worked together and we went through a very stressful time and one night we worked through the night to prepare for an upcoming event. We got the next day off so I went to sleep. When I woke up he knocked on my door. When I let him in I could tell something was not right. He asked where the Chaplin was and I didn’t know, but I offered to talk to him. He told me that he couldn’t focus on anything and he couldn’t sleep. I asked if he was thinking of hurting himself and he said yes. Since we were in a deployment environment everyone had an M4 and a couple hundred rounds; suicide would not be hard. He also expressed his frustration that when he tried to pray to his gods all he got was more suicidal thoughts. I offered to pray for him and told him that if I did I would only pray to Jesus and no one else. He said “Please.” I don’t remember what I said, but I prayed what the Holy Spirit told me. When He (the Holy Spirit) stopped speaking I stopped praying. He (my friend) told me that he felt a lot better after that. I recommended that he see the proffesionals and he agreed.

    They confined him to the hospital and a couple days later when I had the time I found him reading a bible and asked if he was a Christian now. He said that he was becoming one, whatever that meant. I wanted to pray with him to recieve the free gift of salvation, but the H.S. told me not to so I didn’t. A Couple days later when he was released from the hospital he told me that he was born again and that it was different than in the Church of his youth, because he knew everything, but didn’t have God living inside. Now he did. For the next month we had a great time of sharing to the mutual benefit of our faiths.

    Why do I go into all this detail? Because the great commission tells us to go and make disciples of all nations not converts. Making disciples is more difficult because it requires making relationships, but it is more rewarding because that person becomes a friend for all eternity. If I had acted like my fellow Christians and not followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit I would never have reached him, and I would have failed as miserably as they did.

    To anyone who would say not to wait but to just do I have to ask are you bringing people to Jesus or to yourself? All the armor of God Guards the front of the body God Himself is your Rear Guard. If you act on your own you are on your own and nothing covers your back. Do we just assume that God has our back as we go and do whatever we think is best. Or is God in charge. I used to pray that God would help me in doing what I thought was best. Now I pray that Jesus show me how I can join Him in what He is doing. It’s so much better when God is in charge.

  63. davids says:

    I have been following this daily, and have very much appreciated the contributions. It seems that Mart already brought out the main lines at the top of the page.

    Nezzar originally used a military analogy; I would use a company one. Some people are very good at sales. They don’t understand why it is so difficult for those that aren’t. But a company needs people to perform different tasks. Those other people might not be on the front line, but they are also representatives of their company to the world outside.

    In our congregation there are people with different gifts. I would not dare to fault the Sunday School teacher if she doesn’t spend her time trying to evangelize outside the church, or the volunteer bookkeeper, who doesn’t have the confidence to speak about the gospel, but lives a life that exemplifies the humility of a Christian.

  64. davids says:

    Many of you, and bubbles’ friend, are in my prayers.

  65. disciple7 says:

    I guess this is the issue I take with all of this. I am not one of those people, either. I am not outgoing. I am not a salesman. I’d rather not to talk to people, to work in the background. I am an introvert by nature, I don’t want to be initiating conversations with people or passing out tracts. But how can I not? The Lord who saved me commands me to tell others.

    I know that all Christians are commanded to share their faith. If you feel convicted by that, you should. And you should not be given any comforting words that you don’t really have to share your faith. No excuses, no waiting, we’ve been given the mandate to preach the Word to all creatures. If the Holy Spirit leads you not to share with a particular person, then fine, but other than that, you should be sharing as a witness.

    There is nothing you or I can do to convert anyone, it is solely a work of God. None of this is to build me up, I am no one. But I know the Lord of lords and the King of kings, and I can tell others about Him. He commands me to do so, and I cannot find anything in Scripture that tells me otherwise.

  66. florida7sun says:

    disciple 7, well said. In surrendering to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will always guide us. We are not alone in our walk with Jesus.

    His love is more powerful than a clanging bell.

    The Body of Christ has its strengths through diversity of callings. Yet, as Peter shared, we should always revere Christ as Lord in our hearts.

    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16

    So many have blessed me through this blog and their testimonies.

  67. oneg2dblu says:

    Here is the Great Commission… as issued to the model of all disciples, the first eleven. As I read it from Matthew 28:19-20, NIV “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
    It does not say, make friends of all you are to help and don’t bother them with the law. It says what is says, because the one who said it, also commands us. It says to me, those who will follow Christ, become his disciples, and will follow him even to the letter of the law. If that makes you enemies with the world, remember he also said, (the world) did not befriend him. Friendship is only required for your Salvation, if you make Jesus Christ your personal friend, and show you love him, by obeying his commands. Then, don’t all the other disciples automatically become your brothers. sisters, and your friends too? :)
    “My very best friend, is Jesus Christ, and my brothers and sisters who are In Christ, are second to none!”

  68. oneg2dblu says:

    Oh yeah, I’m His today, because my only sister, just happened to be a Born Again Sister. She, listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in her, and sent me my first ODB. That was how she evangelized me! The ODB, became my daily friend since that first, still small, came upon on her. The Spirit does all the work, if we don’t get in the way! But, if we don’t obey, then, who are we really following? Gary

  69. speak says:

    If you would like to follow up on one of the bests openings to present the gospel, (you will have this opportunity almost every day) notice that when you pay for anything, the cashier (or anyone else that crosses your path) will always say “have a nice day” or “have a nice evening”.

    When this happens, you might say “I wish for you something even better and that is a nice eternity, because if we don’t have a nice eternity, in a hundred years, it really won’t matter what kind of a day or evening we had.

    Then, you might ask a question: “Are you going to have a nice eternity?” The most common response is “I hope so.” The next most common response is “Yes I am.” You might follow up either answer by asking “What is the basis for your hope (or for your belief) that you will have a nice eternity?

    Most answers will be something like this: “I am a good person” or “I try to treat my fellow man as I would like to be treated.”

    You might respond that the Bible says that none of us is good (that all of our rightousness, in the sight of God, is like filthy rags). The Bible says that we are all sinners (and that sin separates us from God), but that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to go to the cross (and placed all of our sins upon Him) so that He could pay in fact in full for all of our sins. He asks us to have faith in Jesus and His atoning act for us that day when He died for us.

    If you have time, you might add that almost everyone is trusting one of two things to get them into heaven: either “their good life” or what Jesus did for us on the cross. Trusting in one gets you into heaven & trusting in the other is a low F.

  70. nezzar says:

    Did anyone else catch the fact that it was at least 14 years from the time that Paul was converted to the time that he went on his first missionary journey?

    I have to ask what is your motivation? Is it guilt? Jesus did so much for me so I have to do something in return. You can never repay your debt. Is it fear? If I don’t evangelize I’m going to hell as a coward. What is the motivation, because all I’ve heard so far is just guilt condemnation and fear. Is this what we’ve come to? Spredding guilt fear and condemnation? All the fruit of the Spirit went out the window as soon as you told us that we were all going to hell as cowards because we don’t evangelize the way you do. What happenned to love? Every one of the people that Jesus reached was loved by Him. Did He preach at them no he loved them. Did he tell zachias you going to hell, no he ate a meal with him. With the woman at the well he confronted her with her sin, but it was done in a very gentile manor. She was well below His station in life and He taught her that all true worshipers would worship in spirit and truth, making her an equal. When He did preach He said repent for you are going to hell. No wait that wasn’t what He said. He said repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. Let us also remember that his character was perfect. People were drawn to him because of His great love for them.

    Don’t tell me that I’m going to hell because I live my life in such a way that people want what I have. And certainly don’t tell me that I’m going to hell because I am submissive to the Holy Spirit and what He wants right now.

  71. SFDBWV says:

    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap…but by the seeds you plant!”

    Robert L. Stevenson


  72. nezzar says:

    well said Steve

  73. bratimus says:

    In witnessing or shareing ones faith (actually it is sharing God’s faith that is Christ) one can’t keep score in how many seeds or watering one has done. Since all souls that are saved are saved by Christ and we are just the tools of Christ in the world for Christ to use. A person could be a spade for a day to plant a seed and the end result is a tree that bares fruit that the seed plant doesn’t even have a barn to hold it. So that fruit is bond in heaven. Some seeds take years to mature into a tree that is mature enough to bare fruit. and the seed plant has passed. We can seed and plant as much as we want, but in the end it takes God to grow it.

    In my life time if i help direct one or two souls, towards Christ i can die a happy man, anymore then that would be greedy.

  74. oneg2dblu says:

    speak… you speak loudly here! :)

  75. disciple7 says:

    Nezzar, Wow, this seems directed at me. I most certainly did NOT tell you that you (or anyone else here) is going to hell. I say check yourself by God’s Word and nothing more. Matt 7:21-23 has got to be the scariest words in all of Scripture.

    “Guilt, condemnation and fear.”
    If we have guilt, well, maybe we should. Guilt comes from doing something you shouldn’t, or not doing something that you know you should. If there’s guilt, maybe there’s a reason for it (Rom 2:15). Search the Scripture and pray.

    If you feel condemned by me, I apologize, that is not my intent and I have no power to condemn anyone, anyway. But unbelievers are condemned already (John 3:18), so shouldn’t we warn them? How can they believe unless someone tells them (Rom 10:14)?

    If our motivation is fear, then we don’t understand the sacrifice. Salvation is a gift of God, not of works (Eph 2:8-9). Our motivation should be one of gratitude. All of our “good” works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), we do not deserve heaven and we cannot earn it. Yet God so loved us that He provided a way. He could not simply overlook our sins and remain just, the fine had to be paid and the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). This is where the love and grace come in – after we understand our hopelessness and our need of a Savior.

    What about love? Surely there is nothing more loving than sharing the Gospel of eternal life with someone. Or is it more loving to remain silent and be politically correct for fear of offending someone with the Truth?
    We certainly should be sharing the Gospel with people in a loving, gentle manner. But not a watered down, diluted Gospel, either. It must be the complete Gospel, not only God’s love and grace, but also His holy righteousness and wrath against sin (Rom 2:5, Col 3:6).

    I would not tell you that you’re going to hell, Nezzar. But there are a lot of people who are headed that way. Tell them – warn them of the wrath to come and of a holy, righteous God who has provided a way to keep them from the fate that they deserve by His love, mercy and grace. There is no other way for a person to be saved (Acts 4:12), and you and I know it. How can we not tell them?

    My pastor once said that if we’re not willing to share the Gospel with people, we might as well tell them to go to hell. Because that’s what we’re saying by remaining silent.

  76. poohpity says:

    Is there a difference in discipleship and converting?

  77. peacedove says:

    Keep it all simple.Love what you do and let God`s spirit make you happy to be alive.
    People will see what you have with the Lord.It is then their choice to want the gift or not to pursue it.
    They may need time to think it over for themselves.
    Like a new song…for it takes a few times to listen in before it takes hold of you…then you can`t get it out of your head.

  78. nezzar says:


    The difference between making converts and making desciples is one you just proclaim salvation which is good, but if that is all that is done they have no root. It is possible for converts to gain a root for themselves, but why would you just leave them at that. Making desciples implies building relationships. It’s more difficult because they get to see all your falts. It’s more rewarding because that person generaly has a greater root when they do turn to Jesus. And they become your friend for all eternity. I’ve seen Christian after Christian try to witness to someone and all they realy did was drive that person away. That’s why I wait on the Lord for the timing and the words That people may be brought into the family in peace.

  79. poohpity says:

    I agree, nezzar, I think that preaching about salvation has grown different than what is modeled in scripture but that is just my opinion. Making disciples and baptizing them takes a much more hands on approach but there again telling the good news can be shouted from the roof tops for all to hear is a more hands off approach but whatever works. We do have the example after Pentecost of it being heard in many languages from the top of a house 3,000 believed that day. Winning souls for the kingdom does not take into consideration the whole person but nothing can limit the care of God for that person. God will find a way to minister to them from another member of the body so they will know how long, how wide, how high and how deep the love of God is.

  80. foreverblessed says:

    To make converts, and to make discliples maybe 2 different jobs.
    I recall a story Corry ten Boom wrote, Corry was an evangelist, she travelled the whole world, she would visit local churches and preach the gospel. On one of those events a local church member, a woman, was complaining: There come these evangelists, make new believers, and then they are gone and leave all the work of discipling them behind. Corry was praying about this, and the Holy Spirit told her: Just say sorry
    1 Corinthians 3:6-9

  81. nezzar says:


    You are right there is a time and place for both kinds of evangelism, and both types have a biblical basis. I just get tired of people thinking that only one form of evangelism is the only right way.

  82. poohpity says:

    nezzar, that time in Acts was not done in a minute they were taught a long sermon after being baptized so it was not similar to standing on the street corner and preaching. They baptized those people right away after they believed in Jesus and also spent time with further teaching. I was just saying that I really do not know all the ways the Lord leads people to do things. God spoke to me and told me to tell people to read the bible to get to know Him. That involved me wearing a sandwich sign at church because the bible illiteracy in church is so high and then putting signs on my car so people can honk if they need a bible. At least God did not ask me to lie in a street naked and cook food over my own dung. We can never understand what God asks some to do and so we have to at times show common curtsey in each person’s zeal and realize that if someone is speaking for the Lord in their own way at least someone is speaking for the Lord.

  83. nezzar says:

    you’re awsome
    I pray that God does not ask you to lay in the street on one side for a year. But I also pray that He give you the strength and courage to continue in eveything else you are called to do.

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