How Can I Share My Faith?
You know that sharing Christ with your friends is important. But it can also be pretty scary. What do you say? What will they think? These three students want to pass along a few things they've learned about sharing the Good News.
Know the Message
"Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel." (Ezra 7:10)
A few years ago, I had some friends who weren't Christians, but I had no idea how to witness to them. Those friends were really lost. They were caught up in swearing, sex, drugs and whatever else they could find to fill the emptiness of not having Jesus in their lives. If I had known the Bible better a few years ago, I could have tried to help them know Jesus.
When the book of Ezra was written, the Israelites were coming back from Babylon after living as captives. Their children no longer knew God's law. Ezra felt called to help get Israel back on track, but instead of just teaching others about God's law, he spent time studying it himself. He made sure he understood it before trying to tell others about it.
We can all learn a lot from Ezra's example. It's really important that we take time to study God's Word and know it. Then we can be better witnesses to our friends. —Tim
What About You?
1) If someone asked you a tough question about the Bible, would you know how to find the answer?
2) Think of some questions non-Christians might have about God. Then search your Bible and talk with your parents or youth pastor to find some answers.
3) Ask God to help you live out the things you learn as you read your Bible.
Live the Life
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35)
One of my friends wasn't a Christian, but she knew I was. Without my knowing it, she was watching me to see what this whole Christianity thing was all about. One day, she told me she'd been paying attention to the way I treated people. She said one of my best traits was that I never hated anyone, or at least never acted like I did.
From that day on, she began to talk to me more about my faith. She was hesitant to become a Christian, but eventually, she gave her life to the Lord!
I feel fortunate that God used me as an example of the love Christians have for other people. Whenever we show our love to our friends and family, we show people that our relationship with Christ is based on love. And there's not a person in the world who doesn't need love.
God tells us to love others so that they'll see his love in us. When we show God's love to people, powerful things can happen. Just ask my friend! —Mindy
What About You?
1) What are some of the ways other Christians have shown you God's love?
2) Think of a person at your school who could use a dose of God's love. What can you do to show love to this person?
3) Ask God to help you love others.
Find a Role Model
"You became imitators of us and of the Lord. … And so you became a model to all the believers . …" (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7)