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Practical Tips to Share the Gospel

Sharing the gospel is a vital part of the Christian faith. It’s more than just spreading a message; it’s about connecting with others on a profound level and inviting them into the transformative love of Jesus Christ. Today, I want to explore the importance of witnessing and give some practical tips to share the gospel to inspire and equip you in your own journey of evangelism.



Why Share the Gospel?

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 is clear: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus commands us to share His message with the world. It’s not just a task but a privilege to be His ambassadors.


Another powerful verse that speaks to this calling is Romans 10:14-15: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” This passage underscores the urgency and beauty of sharing the gospel.


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The Story of Rick and Jane McKinney

Rick and Jane McKinney’s ministry, detailed on their website AndSoWeWalked.org, is an inspiring testament to the power of living out the Great Commission. Their journey across America to share the gospel with strangers is a remarkable example of faith in action. Rick and Jane didn’t just talk about Jesus; they lived their faith boldly, meeting people where they were and inviting them to experience the love of Christ.


Their book, “And...So We Walked,” chronicles their experiences and the incredible encounters they had along the way. They shared their faith through conversations, acts of kindness, and simply being present in the lives of those they met. Their story is a powerful reminder that witnessing isn’t confined to formal settings; it happens in everyday moments and interactions.


Practical Tips for Sharing the Gospel

Be Authentic

People are drawn to authenticity. When you share your personal story and how Jesus has impacted your life, you're not just sharing words; you're sharing a powerful testimony. This authenticity builds trust and opens hearts. As 1 Peter 3:15 advises, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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.” Your personal story is a powerful tool in your evangelism journey.


Listen More Than You Speak

Effective witnessing involves listening to others’ stories and struggles. By understanding where they’re coming from, you can connect the gospel to their specific needs and questions. James 1:19 encourages us to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”


Use Scripture

God’s Word has power. Share relevant Bible verses that speak to the person’s situation. Verses like John 3:16, Romans 3:23, and Ephesians 2:8-9 are foundational for explaining the gospel message.


Live Out Your Faith

Actions often speak louder than words. Live in a way that reflects Jesus’ love and grace. Colossians 4:5-6 advises, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”


Pray

Prayer is essential in witnessing. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel, for the Holy Spirit to guide your words, and for the hearts of those you witness to be opened. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Overcoming Challenges in Witnessing

Witnessing can be intimidating, but remember that you’re not alone. Here are some common challenges and how to overcome them:


Fear of Rejection

Rejection is a natural fear, but it’s important to remember that rejection isn’t personal. Jesus Himself faced rejection and told us to expect it (John 15:18-20). Trust that God is with you and will use your efforts for His glory, regardless of the immediate outcome.


Not Knowing What to Say

It’s okay to feel uncertain about what to say. Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide your words. Luke 12:11-12 assures us, “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”


Feeling Unqualified

You don’t need to be a theologian to share the gospel. Your personal testimony is powerful. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 reminds us that God uses the weak and foolish things of the world to shame the strong and wise. Trust that He can use you just as you are.


Facing Hostility

In some cases, you might encounter hostility. Respond with love and grace, remembering Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:44: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Your loving response can make a powerful impact.



Sharing the gospel is a journey of faith and obedience. It’s about stepping out of our comfort zones and trusting God to work through us. Remember, every seed you plant has the potential to grow, even if you don’t see immediate results. Be patient and persistent.

If you’re looking for more resources and support in sharing the gospel, I invite you to subscribe to my website, www.ruthhovsepian.com. There, you’ll find articles, podcasts, and a community of believers committed to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Join me on social media as well, where we can continue this conversation and encourage one another in our witness.


Let’s be bold and faithful in sharing the gospel, trusting that God will use our efforts to bring others into His kingdom. Together, we can make a difference in the world for Christ.

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