Leading Others to Christ: How to Share the Story of God’s Love
Being used by God to share His love and witness someone receiving Him as their Savoir is one of the greatest blessings there is.
Although it’s the prompting of the Holy Spirit that draws man to Christ, believers often play a critical role in sharing God’s word. Sure, there are plenty of Christians who came to God by reading the Bible on their own, but in most cases the catalyst for their spiritual transformation was honest conversations with a believer.
It’s unfortunate, then, that most churchgoing Christians never share their faith. According to a study conducted by LifeWay Research, 80 percent of regular churchgoers believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith and yet 61 percent have not told another person about Christ in the previous six months.
If you want to help push back lostness in the world, you must accept the charge of spreading the Word of God and leading others to Christ. Although people respond to different approaches, there are some basic tips and strategies that will help you bring the lost to their Lord and Savior.
Pray for the Lost
First, understand that only the Holy Spirit has the power to move the emotional boulders people buildup around their hearts. If there are people in your sphere of influence who as of yet don’t know Christ, pray that the Holy Spirit moves through them and opens up their hearts and minds to the Good News you have to share.
- Pray that God inspire the lost to seek out the true meaning of life
- Pray that God reveal the origin of their spiritual discontent
- Pray that God surround them with reminders of His love
- Pray that God give them the courage to acknowledge their sin
- Pray that God grant them the humility to ask for His help
Tell Your Story
As an instrument of God’s salvation, you must let God work through you to bring people to Christ. To this end, be prepared to minister the truth and life of Jesus when such opportunities arise, but more importantly be willing to share your testimony so that others may experience the wondrous love of Jesus. Be honest about the impact the Lord has had in your life, especially if you began your relationship with Christ as an adult and remember what it felt like to live among the lost.
Be Patient and Understanding
Don’t be disappointed if the person you are trying to lead to Christ isn’t immediately moved by the Holy Spirit or doesn’t show the response you expect after discovering the Word of God.. You’ll need to be patient and answer questions and continue to lift Jesus up until the person’s heart is transformed by Christ. Don’t demand anything from the lost or impose guilt or speak of fire and brimstone; most will reject our message if we do.
Nurture the New Believer
Don’t assume your job is over after someone accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. New believers (“born-again Christians”) need your help to grow in spiritual maturity and become multiplying disciples themselves who bring others to Christ.
- Pray for new believers and ask God to work in their lives and solidify their new convictions and beliefs
- Read the Bible together and share your knowledge of the Gospel so new believers may better understand the Word of God
- Introduce new believers to other Christians who can provide additional support and guidance in this new phase of their life
- Encourage new believers to document how God has changed their lives and to talk about their transformation with others
Personal Evangelism Tools
Participating in the practice of personal evangelism doesn’t require anything more than an open heart and the Word of God, but there are a couple handy resources that can help you as create disciples who know how to grow in Christ and lead others to Him.
- 3 Circles: Life Conversion Guide – The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most profound reality of life, but sharing it with someone can be as simple as drawing three circles. The Life Conversation Guide helps answer common questions in a simple, straightforward and yet powerful way.
- The Roman Road to Salvation – A collection of verses in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans lays out the plan of salvation. When arranged in order, these verses provide a systematic way for newcomers to understand the message of salvation and God’s plan for us.
Like you, missionaries serving through the North American Mission Board and who are supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) are committed to leading others to Christ. AAEO provides financial support for missionaries and church planters in North America.