Spread the News
" He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'"
Spread The News
Have you ever had someone ask you about your faith-and not been able to answer? Ever wanted to tell someone about God-but don't know what to say? Want tips on how to - start a conversation - confront those who are against God - Or even bring someone to Christ?
In this section, I'll show you how to spread the news to your family, friends, or just about anyone else.
Steering the conversation
The key way to spread the news is to know how to steer the conversation towards Christ. Without turning them away.there are two ways to steer a conversation. 1) Listen to what the other person is saying. Listen for anything they might say that you could respond to with a Christ-filled response. Also, the person you are talking to may be going through some troubles of their own. If they want to talk about it, you might be able to show them how God could help them. Or, 2) Start a totally new conversation with something anyone might talk about. For example, something like, "Did you guys go to church on Sunday?" or "Guess what I heard in Church?" Even though your friend may not go to church or even care, you will be amazed at the natural progression of the conversation that is started by such a simple phrase. Even something as simple as saying, "(while on an elevator with someone) up, down, up, down, someday I'll go up but I won't come down." will naturally start an awesome talk. Get creative and have fun.
When you spread the news, you must always remember one thing: It's not your job to save, it's God's. All you need to do is plant a seed in their hearts, and let God do all the rest.
Now that you've got a good conversation going, it's time to exercise the next step - keeping it going. Whoever you are talking to might feel uncomfortable with the whole discussion, and try to change the subject. Now your top priority is keep your conversation going, without getting too pushy, or trying to shove the Bible down their throats. (Because nobody wants to listen to that!)
If the person you're talking to switches the conversation, you need to be quick on your feet. For example, if they say something like, " That was a great ball game Saturday, don't you think?" Now, you respond with something like, "Yeah, it was, and I like the way the First Baseman pointed towards Heaven every time he scored." Now you're back to the original conversation! It can be easy, but you need to be careful, because sometimes it's not so easy. If someone changes the conversation, and you just simply can't think of a way to switch it back, don't panic! Just calmly stay with their subject until you get an opportunity to go back to yours. And always remember, if they don't drop to their knees after your first try, it's okay. Your job isn't to save people. That job has already been taken, by God. So you don't have to worry about them not immediately accepting Jesus, because it's God's job to take the seed you planted, and make it grow.
Every good evangelist knows one important fact: not everyone wants to accept Christ- and not everyone will. But that shouldn't stop you from spreading the news. All great evangelists in history have faced rejection, and chances are, you will too. The key is, don't let it stop you! If someone doesn't accept Christ when you tell them about Him, it isn't because you didn't evangelize enough, or the right way, it's because they're just stubborn and not willing to give up doing what they want. So don't blame yourself if they don't come to Christ, because you have planted a seed in their heart. And who knows, maybe someday they'll come to Christ because of what you said.
Also, if you're preaching to certain people who really do not want to accept Christ, they'll tell you how they feel about you. If that means calling you a "Jesus Freak" or a "Bible-Thumping Church-Goer" they'll do it. But the thing is, that shouldn't stop you either! In the book of Romans, Paul says that nothing, even persecution, can separate us from Christ's eternal love. And he went through a lot more persecution than we could ever have! So what should we do when we face persecution? Well, it may sound strange, but we should be happy!
The Bible says it in James 1:2-3: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
We should, in fact, consider it a privilege to be persecuted. Well, because Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was persecuted beyond belief! So if something happens to Jesus Christ, we should consider it a great honor to go through the same stuff He did! I mean, his friends left him. He was called stuff like "blasphemer" (which back then was a really bad thing to be called). His neighbors and friends of his hometown dissed him, and, I mean, he was killed. I think the least we can do is go through a couple "Jesus Freaks" for him. Because, whether you bring a hundred people to Christ, or none, Jesus will honor you in heaven, because you tried. You tried it for him, for Jesus. Isn't it worth it? I think so, do you?
True or False?
When someone says they want to become a saved Christian and follow Christ, , they don't always mean it. Some just say it to patronize you, that is to say, make you feel good by saying something they don't mean. Now, everyone doesn't do that; a lot don't, but you always want to be prepared for those who do. Only the Lord knows who is truly saved and who is not; it's not for us to judge. We can, however, try to notice signs that point to the fact that they might be false. If someone has truly decided that they want to be a saved child of God, they will do some things they haven't been, and not do certain things they have. For example, if they want to be closer to God, they will read their Bible, and if they don't have one, they'll buy one. You can kind of coax them gently to read the Bible, and if they do, you're fine, but if they don't, well, actions speak louder than words. They might not be a real Christian.
You can't expect people to change overnight. You also can't expect them to have the same convictions you do. If someone has recently come to Christ, there might be some unchristian things that they've been doing, inappropriate things they might read, watch, say, or do. Things they really should change about their lives. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean their not a Christian, just that they haven't yet realized that what they've been doing is wrong. You shouldn't immediately assume that they're faking it if they don't instantly change. You also shouldn't try to change them-that's God's job, not yours. You should trust but verify. Trust that they're truthful when they say that they've come to Christ, but try to verify that they are, too. It sounds tricky, but if they are false, it will be pretty obvious after awhile.
Look for certain signs. If you're a new Christian, you're going to have questions, so they should. If they don't ask you any questions, you should verify by saying something like, "Do you have any questions?" If they do, and they just haven't said anything, that's fine. If they don't, maybe they just don't, but they will. On the other hand, it might mean that they're not really a Christian. Again, you should trust them fully, but always be on your guard in case something doesn't seem right.
You don't know who's saved and who isn't, so don't try to. Just do your job and try to help them the best you can. There is a good chance that they are truthful, so just stay calm. Let go of your worrying and trust God. It's His job to take care of His children, and He's not worried, so you shouldn't be, either.
The world of evangelism can be a dangerous one, because you can't see into everyone's true heart. But if you go into it backed up with facts and armed with the, "Armor of God", as it says in Ephesians 6:13, you'll be much stronger and prepared to face anything that may come your way. That way, you will stand firm and never waver in your faith in the Lord. If the "Glory of the Lord is your rear guard", you will never fail Him. Never.
If you have any questions, comments, or input, feel free to let me know.