This is a guest post by Andrew Ketterly.
Sharing the gospel with strangers wasn’t something that came naturally to me. As a matter of fact… I was a nervous wreck the first time I did it. I was part of a ministry team that trained us in sharing the gospel. Then, as a team we went to the mall once we were properly trained. I did end up sharing the gospel. But I wasn’t very “good” at it… and God didn’t seem like He was present in any special way.
Actually I spent the whole summer sharing the gospel with strangers and no one came to know Christ through these efforts. You might not find that to be very strange since we were, after all, sharing with strangers. But the other people on my team were leading others in a sinner’s prayer and introducing people to a relationship with God and I wanted that.
But what we had learned during that summer stuck with me. And instilled in me was a strong desire to share my faith with others and to see others come to know God through me. What a humbling experience that is.
So I went back to college in the fall…
I had lived for more than twenty years and grown up in the church all my life… how could I not have brought someone to a relationship with God in all that time? I was in my dorm one day and I began playing an online video game. The other person I was talking to was a deaf boy from the Baltimore area. I asked him if he had ever been to church. He said that he had… but that no one ever told him what it was all about and he couldn’t really hear what was going on. I told him I was studying to be a pastor. And I asked him if he’d like me to tell him. He was intrigued. And I was ecstatic.
So I shared the gospel with this boy. I didn’t seem nervous. I didn’t stutter. I looked up Romans Road and had it on the right side of the monitor in a separate window. And I shared the gospel with him articulately. And he said He wanted to be a Christian. And I prayed through the sinner’s prayer with Him. He accepted Christ that day. And I was able to hide behind a computer screen the whole time. And God used me and it felt great.
If you’ve never shared the gospel before…
You should start doing it as soon as you finish read this article. I got my haircut the other day and immediately began talking to strangers about what Christ did for them on the cross. But now it comes more naturally and feels more conversational. The more we do it, the easier it becomes. And sharing your faith online is a great first step for many. If you haven’t tried it yet… it’s definitely a growing experience.