Sharing Salvation

“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” (Matthew 28:19)

God’s Word tells us to go into the world and make disciples. The problem is that some Christians find it hard to share the Good News. I think there are many ways to do this.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

First, we can talk about it.  We can try to lead people to Christ.  We can give them a tract.  We can write books about it.  We can blog about it.  We can speak and preach about it.  We can have casual and friendly conversations or more formal ones.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  Matthew 25:34-36

Second we can do outreach.  There are many venues that house broken people such as jails and shelters.  We can enter into these places with a heart to serve.  Jesus said that if we love him we should feed His sheep (John 21:15-18).  After their basic needs are met, then we can give them spiritual food.

“That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Third, we can provide a formula like the following ABC of Salvation:

     A-dmit we are sinners and we can’t save ourselves; only by grace are we saved through Jesus' redeeming blood. (Romans 3:23-24)

     B-elive that Christ died for our sins and that He was buried, that He rose and is coming back again.  He is the only person that can save us from death that comes from sin. (Romans 6:23)

     C-onfess our sins and repent.  Then confess Jesus as Lord over our live and begin to build a solid relationship with Him. (Romans 10:9)

With a formula like this, we can lead friends, associates, family members, coworkers and others to Christ.  But we shouldn’t leave it at that.  Baby Christians need support from the Church and love and guidance from other Christians as they grow.

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelations 12:11

Fourth, we can give our testimony.  If we do this often we will have many opportunities to impact lives.  As we do, who knows how many lives will be transformed.  The Word says, they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the power of their testimony.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

Fifth and final, we can live our lives in such a way that our actions speak louder than words.  In doing so, people will observe how we handle situations and come to us and  inquire what makes us so different.  For some people, the only Christ they will see is the Christ living in us.  Jesus said if He is lifted up, He'll do the drawing (John 12:32).   Then we’ll have a powerful opportunity to lead them to Christ.  The way we handle adversity as well as success says a lot about the Christ in us.  If we desire  'less of us and more of Him,' then our light will shine brightly.