Mar 28, 2017 by Will Maule

5 Ways Jesus Shared The Gospel, And How We Can Learn From Him

When it comes to sharing our faith, we can easily become a bit tight-lipped. It is scary! What will the person think of me? Will they think I'm judging them for their life choices? Will they make fun of me? All these questions can go buzzing around our head just as we approach the subject. So, we need help to know how to go about this. Well, who better to learn from than Jesus Christ himself. Alvin Reid at ChurchLeaders highlights 5 ways Jesus witnessed to others. 

1. Every encounter was unique.
"Jesus offered an unchanging message, but He delivered it uniquely to each person and situation. There was no one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to reaching people. Do we seek to deliver a presentation to others or to adapt the unchanging gospel to communicate with the person in front of us? Yes, this takes more time to learn than just offering a rote presentation, but in the long run it will help the witness to grow and to be more effective in communicating Christ."

2. In the vast majority of encounters Jesus didn’t “preach” at the person; He engaged in a conversation.
"He did not merely present the truth to others, He asked questions, and answered theirs. Think of the woman at the well, the rich young ruler and so many others. The average person has 27 conversations a day: What if you simply inserted Jesus into your conversations more?"

3. Jesus was approachable.
"He allowed people to come to Him with questions. In the Gospel of Matthew, the majority of conversations Jesus had with others began with the person approaching Him. Are we approachable like that? Do our coworkers, neighbors or others feel comfortable speaking to us about spiritual things?"

4. Jesus sought people.
"He sought to speak with Zacchaeus. He sought His disciples. Who are you seeking to speak with about Jesus?"

5. Jesus seized opportunities. 
"When He encountered the woman at the well, He seized the chance to tell her about Himself. When the disciples, Pharisees or others questioned Him, He took such questions as an opportunity to reveal truth to them. What if we started looking daily at every conversation as a ministry opportunity and seized them for the gospel?"

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