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Aug 29, 2016 by Will Maule

5 Bible Verses To Embolden You To Talk To Your Neighbors About Jesus

Do we really have to share our faith? As Christians, we tend to shy away from talking to others about Jesus. We think they'll label us as "odd," "judgemental," or simply "idiotic." If truth be told, we are often embarrassed to openly admit that we believe in something we cannot see. But with God's help, we can exchange the awkwardness for boldness. Remember, speaking to others about our faith is a command from the mouth of Jesus himself, as recorded in Scripture. "He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.'" - Mark 16:15-16. 

Will Maule

Will Maule is a journalist and editor at HelloChristian.com. He's married to his wife Caroline and has a little baby boy. He loves guitars, tennis, golf, and tea. Will lives in Northern Ireland.

It does not have to be complicated or overly spiritual. You can be approachable in the way you share Jesus with someone. Reaching people with phrases such as "I will pray for you," may be a great way to start, particularly if the person is dealing with a struggle in their life. However, we must endeavor to remain sincere, to back it up with action and care, to steer clear of cliche, and to be bold in following up the conversation. Let's be confident and unashamed about sharing our faith in Christ. It is not a joke, and it is an urgent reality for those who are not saved. Be brave, and step forward into the God-given confidence he grants us through his Holy Spirit. I pray that these 5 Bible verses will embolden you to share your faith today. 

1. "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." - 1 Peter 3:15-16 
It is a famous verse designed to keep us on the front foot when it comes to sharing our faith. Are you ready to have questions fired back at you? Do you know what you'd say when someone engages you about the realities of living as a Christian? We must be ready to communicate effectively the hope that we have in Christ.

2. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10 
So your knees are knocking as you prepare to share your faith with a friend. That's OK! Feel the fear and do it anyway. God will always be at your side, and he is mighty and powerful to sustain you and give you the right words as you share. With him we can conquer all our sweat-inducing, faith-sharing social fears.

3. "For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” - Luke 12:12
We must know that God's guiding presence is with us when we step out to honor Him and share our faith with another. We can trust the Holy Spirit to guide our conversation, to give us stories about how God has worked in our own lives, and to provide us with a sensitivity to gauge the response. Remember, you will never be out of your depth, and will not draw a blank when you've got the Holy Spirit assisting you along the way.

4. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes." - Romans 1:16 
This is the power of God! This is the gospel of Christ that saves the wretched sinner: you and me. It is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a glorious gift of grace that we do not want to keep to ourselves. It is real. It changes lives. We are living testament to that fact. Go and share it. Hold up now! This is easier said than done, I know. From personal experience, I often fear I will lose respect or be labeled "foolish" if I bumble my way through an attempt to reach someone for Jesus. And I might! But may we not let fear restrict us from God's work. He loves it when we lay down our pride and risk our reputations for him. Plus, salvation comes to those who respond to the gospel, and that is worth all the awkwardness in the world. 

5. "Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." - Matthew 9:37 
If not you, who else? We tend to prefer to leave faith-sharing to "evangelists" and "missionaries," but it is a central call for EVERY Christian. We become evangelists at the moment we get saved. Who's going to go? The workers are few, and we need to do this together. The only way forward is to make it a daily mission: to extend God's kingdom by sharing the gospel with others and inviting them into a relationship with Jesus. There is nothing better. Try it today!



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