Be Bold This Christmas

So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. – Acts 14:3

This Christmas will you be BOLD in sharing the Gospel with your family and friends?

Often times I hear so many excuses from Christians on why they don’t share their faith in Christ: they don’t know what to say, they would rather let their life be a reflection of the Gospel, they can’t find the appropriate time to bring it up, they don’t want to offend anyone, or they don’t have the “gift” of evangelism. I will do my best to address these common excuses on why people don’t share their faith. (Romans 10:13-15)

First, we need to make sure that we understand the The Gospel. ( 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

God, the creator of the universe, created the world and all things in it and as His final masterpiece, He then created man and entrusted us to have dominion of the world and all things in it.

Man, despite being given the authority over all things chose to rebel against God which is called sin, which led to a depraved condition that separated us from God. Our loving Father in heaven, humbled Himself and sent His Son Jesus to earth to live a perfect and sinless life so that He would become the only sufficient sacrifice for mankind to reconcile us to Himself.

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, taught us how to live, love and die to this world. Jesus was beaten, tortured and sentenced to die on the cross. Through His death, He took all of God’s Wrath that was meant for His people. After Christ’s death, He fulfilled prophecy and provided the only way to the Father by defeating the grave and rising from the dead three days later.

Our response is to believe in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We must put our faith in Him alone and turn from our sins (repent). Upon being saved, you will be born again and receive the greatest gift humanly possible – Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will help guide you through life and help you to better take on characteristics of Christ such as  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Praise the Lord!  As you grow in God’s grace through prayer and studying the Bible, you will receive greater assurance of salvation, knowing the Holy Spirit has sealed you for eternity!

OK, so now that we are clear on the Gospel, let’s be clear on this- those who die without saving faith in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in hell (John 3:18). Jesus made it very clear in John 14:6 that He was the ONLY Way to God. I don’t know about you brothers and sisters, but because of my belief in Jesus and God’s Word, it shakes my soul to think that those apart from God will be spending eternity in hell. For this reason, I have no other option but to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them.  More than that, it is because I love Jesus that I want to share the Gospel of Christ with the lost.

So that leads me to the original question “This Christmas will you be bold in sharing the Gospel with your family and friends?”

No doubt, each one us reading this has a handful of close friends and family that do not have faith in Jesus. I ask you this, have you shared the Gospel with them? If your answer is no, what are you waiting on? The only thing promised to us in life, is death, and upon death we will be judged solely by our response to the Gospel.

I often hear excuses on why we don’t share our faith. I have also been guilty of making these same excuses, which is why I feel led to write this to help encourage others through my own personal battles with being more bold to share Christ with the lost.

FIRST EXCUSE – “I don’t know what to say”

Give them the clear Biblical Gospel as mentioned earlier. The power is not in your words, but in God’s Word (Romans 1:16). Give them your testimony. No one can dispute what God has done in your own personal life. Remember that Jesus chose a group of unlearned fishermen to be His disciples and trusted them to share His Gospel.

One analogy I like to think of regarding this excuse is that of a rookie fire fighter. Say the fire fighter has just been accepted in the department and has not had any formal training yet. As he is driving in his neighborhood he sees his neighbor’s house on fire. He hears his neighbor screaming for help and knows it will take the fire department a few minutes to get there. He has already been issued the tools to put out the fire and save his neighbor, but because he hasn’t been trained he refuses to go in. This is like us, we have been given the tools (the Gospel, our testimony, etc) but because we haven’t been trained yet, we think we aren’t qualified and we let the person die without help (sharing the Gospel). While training is good for sharing your faith, you will never get any better “training” then putting the rubber to the road, and going out and doing it.

If all else fails, say nothing and just give them a Gospel tract.  Check out this link for why we use tracts, or see our store to make a purchase.

SECOND EXCUSE – “I  would rather let my life be a reflection of the Gospel”

I am a firm believer in letting our life do an amazing witness for the power of God’s saving grace. However, being a nice person and doing good deeds to my fellow neighbor isn’t going to help anyone on judgement day. I think one of the best examples biblically of God’s calling us to share our faith is Philip and the Ethiopian eunich in Acts 8.

To sum it up, Philip was called by God to go to the desert where he saw the eunich in his chariot. The Holy Spirit commanded Phillip to share the Gospel with the Ethiopian. What was Phillip’s response? Did Phllip go over and shower the man with good deeds and acts of kindness? No, He went as he was commanded and shared the Good News of Christ. It just so happened that the eunich was reading Isaiah 53, so the Lord was already preparing him to hear the Gospel. Just like Philip, we have been commanded by Jesus to go forth and share the Gospel, and we can trust that God is preparing the hearts of His sheep to hear it (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15; John 10:27).

THIRD EXCUSE – “I can’t find the appropriate time to bring it up” or “I don’t want to offend anyone”

How much do you have to hate someone not to share the only way for them to be reconciled to God? As Christians we are aware of our moral cancer (sin) and the cure Jesus Christ. How cold of a person could you be to withhold the facts that will help save someone for eternity. Ask someone with cancer an “appropriate time” to share with them the cure, I am pretty sure they would tell you the time is now! I think excuse is based more upon our fear of rejection coupled with our fear of offending someone.

How offended would someone with cancer be to you giving them the cure? The problem with sinful man is that majority of people don’t know they are sick, so you have to show them their sickness (Romans 7:7 – walk them through the Law) before you can give them the cure. If you ever needed a good time to share the Gospel with family and friends, December provides a great opportunity. Everyone will be together this Christmas season, so you can just ask them what they think is the reason for the season and go from there.

FOURTH EXCUSE – “I don’t have the “gift” of evangelism”

Spiritual gifts described in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are described as follows: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. While most witnessing encounters leave us feeling like miracles from God, we know from Scripture that evangelism isn’t a “spiritual gift” from God. Sharing the Gospel does take tremendous faith and trust in God that He will guide your words and conversation. Evangelism, simply stated, is exercising your love for Christ and love for the lost.

As explained earlier, it was not only Jesus’s lasts words to us in the Great Commission, but it was also His first words to the disciples when He said “follow Me and I will make you fisher of men” (Mark 1:16-18). If it was important to Jesus, it ought to be important to His followers.

Conclusion

The excuses addressed above are just a few of many reasons we try to make not to share the Gospel. My hope for writing this is to not only challenge you but encourage you to go out and share your faith in Christ Jesus. The Speak:Truth Project has many resources available to help equip you in how to do this. Personally, it breaks my heart to think of all the people that will be suffering in hell for eternity, so I want to do everything in my power to tell them how to avoid it.

To God be the Glory!

The Word of God always has some marvelous answers for our predicaments, and if any of us ever feel fearful, timid or shy about sharing our faith, take a look at Acts 4:31.  It says those who were filled with the Holy Spirit spoke the Word of God with “boldness”. Or Acts 14:3, it says those who relied upon the Word of the Lord spoke with great boldness and courage. We are always gonna be timid, shy and fearful when we try to give the Gospel in our own efforts and energy, but when we are plugged into the Holy Spirit and His passion for souls begins coursing through our spiritual veins, wild horses will not be able to stop you from sharing the Gospel. So the key is to get closer to Jesus, fall in love with Him, get intimate with Him, and when you do so, you will have His Love for the lost, not your heart. Your heart will tend to get shy, cold or timid, but never the heart of God! – Joni Eareckson Tada

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3 Responses to “Be Bold This Christmas”
  1. Paul Latour says:

    Great points! Wonderful article and exhortation!

  2. Brian Ottinger says:

    Thank you for your response and encouragement brother Paul. Thanking the Lord daily for Jesus Christ!

  3. David Theologou says:

    Awesome article brother! Very encouraging.

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