Jesus has charged His church to be busy about inviting others to salvation.  A church that doesn’t witness isn’t much of a church.  It is guilty on reneging on one of the most basic duties which God has given His people.  A church that doesn’t speak up for Jesus will suffer.  Spiritual anemia is inevitable and spiritual death is probable.  From his London pulpit, Charles Spurgeon once said, “You shall see a church which does not believe in the simple gospel grow few and feeble.  According as the churches cease to be evangelical they are finished and brought low.”  Believers must be constantly vigilant concerning the spread of the gospel.  Consider five ways we can share Christ.

Be intentional.

Each day, we all have opportunities to witness.  We simply need to be prepared.  Scripture says, “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (2 Peter 3:15). Encounters at work, restaurants, the bank, the beauty or barber shop, and at ballfields are all occasions for being a witness.  I once heard it said that the great evangelist D.L. Moody sought to view every person he encountered as a soul that would live somewhere forever.  If modern believers would develop a similar frame of mind, we could make a big difference.

Get involved in a ministry. 

The local church is a great place to get your feet wet with ministry.  As a believer, you have been endowed with a spiritual gift that God wants you to use within a local assembly (Romans 12:6-9).  Get involved with a ministry which shares Christ with unbelievers.  Participate in outreach visitation.  Teach in the children’s program.  Serve in some sort of evangelistic ministry.  Learn to share the gospel through ministries of your church and you will become more comfortable with sharing it outside church walls.

Use tracts and invites. 

Did you know that the Bible was the first book ever printed?  With the advent of Gutenberg’s printing press, the knowledge and availability of God’s Word has multiplied.  In modern times we have an incredible opportunity to witness through the distribution of printed materials.  Keep invites, tracts, and other materials available.  Use them in your day-to-day routine as a way to witness for Christ.

Pray for Divine appointments. 

When I was a new believer, a man who discipled me taught me to pray each day for opportunities to share Christ.  Over the years, it has been amazing to see how the Lord honors such praying.  I’ve discovered that each believer’s circle of interaction is filled with people who don’t know God (Acts 18:10).  Start each day with a prayer for the Lord to give you Divine appointments with people who need to hear about the Lord, then be sensitive in each interaction you have.  You will be amazed at how God seems to send people your way.

Write something. 

Some are a bit shy about speaking up for Jesus.  Using cards, letters, and social media posts are a great way to witness.  Consider writing out your testimony and including it in a Christmas or birthday card.  Use your social media feed as a place to pass verses about salvation.  God has often used the written word in a powerful way.

Dr. Patrick Latham

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