10 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Sharing Your Faith
To Another Level Lesson: There is a hurting world all around you. You know the good news. Now, it’s time to take it to another level and be the good news.
The most popular reason people give me for not sharing their faith is because they have fears about sharing their faith. Perhaps it is the fear of being rejected, or the fear of not knowing what to say, or simply lacking the courage. Here are ten ways you can conquer your fear of sharing your faith.
1) Memorize a few Scriptures and a soul-winning approach.
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar. Simply know/memorize a few soul-winning Scriptures, like John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8, 9, Romans 6:23 or Revelation 3:20.
Example of a Soul-winning Approach: Romans Road to Salvation.
- Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
- We must realize that all of us have sinned.
- Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- We must realize that there are consequences for our sin.
- Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- We must realize that Christ paid that price on the cross
- Romans 10:9, 10, 13 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved . . . for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
- We must realize that we must call on the Lord and be saved.
This is a simple plan that walks an individual through four principles they must understand as they prepare to make a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
“When a man is filled with the Word of God, you cannot keep him still.” -Dwight L. Moody
2) Pray about your fears.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” // Psalm 34:4
What are you fearful about? Are you afraid that the individual will reject you? If they reject you, they are not really rejecting you, they are rejecting God and the gospel. Are you afraid that you may not know what to say? Once again, take the time to learn a simple approach to sharing your faith and you will be fine. More fears are addressed below.
Just remember that God answers prayer. If you give your fears to Him, He will take them away.
3) Recognize that the Lord is with you.
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.” // Acts 18:9-11
What did Paul learn from this vision from God?
(a) don’t fear, (b) the Lord is with you, (c) keep on speaking – do not be silent, and (d) God will use you to speak to others.
“To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth.” -Charles Spurgeon
4) Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” // Isaiah 55:10-11
A few years ago, a middle aged man told me that he had a fear of getting married, because he didn’t know all there was to marriage and was afraid of making mistakes. So, he decided to wait until he knew everything about marriage. I told, “If you are going to wait until you know everything about marriage, then you will never get married.”
Likewise, if you wait to share your faith until you know everything about God and the Bible, then you will never share your faith. We live and we learn. Having a fear of making mistakes when sharing our faith is natural. It’s time to step in and just do it! When you speak the Word of God, you get results. Even if you make a mistake, God has a way of using the words you speak from the Bible to reach the heart of individuals. Besides, no one is perfect.
“If you are not concerned about your neighbor’s salvation, then I am concerned for yours.” -Ray Comfort
5) Don’t be afraid of being asked questions you don’t have answers for.
I remember sharing my faith once and was asked a question I didn’t know for sure. I was telling a guy about Jesus, when he asked, “Can you tell me if the fruit that Eve ate in the Garden of Eden was actually an apple. Because some versions of the Bible do not specify that it was an apple.”
I could have answered that question, but the Lord gave me a better response. I said, “You know, that is a great question. And I want to find an answer for you. Are you available next Thursday for lunch? Because I believe I will have an answer for you by then.”
What did I do? I created a second meeting with this guy to tell him more about Jesus. And it came when I was honest enough to say that I didn’t know the answer to his question, but I would find it.
Many people just want you to be real. If you don’t have an answer, that’s okay. Nobody has ALL the answers (except God). So, turn a potentially bad situation into a good one. Ask God for wisdom.
To Another Level Lesson: God doesn’t work on the basis of coincidence. He sends people your way so that you can share your faith. Divine Appointments.
6) Be determined to win souls.
Make personal evangelism a priority in your life. Don’t be discouraged when you share your faith with someone and they don’t make a decision for Christ. In fact, most evangelism experts say that, on the average, the person who has made a decision for Christ has heard the gospel 6.7 times. So, keep the proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
Initiative and determination make a world of difference. Many soul-winners set goals, i.e. this month, I want to win 3 people to Christ. Goals like this challenge us to get out of our comfort zone and search for opportunities to share our faith.
“If you had the cure for cancer, wouldn’t you share it? You have the cure to death. Get out there and share it.” -Kirk Cameron
7) Be prepared to share your “short form” testimony.
One of the reasons why God allows you to deal with challenges and issues in life is to develop a testimony that you can use to share with others. When you are able to tell someone about what God did for you, they realize that God can do the same for them.
But keep your testimony short. Don’t give them the one hour version. Give them the three minute version. That’s all they need. Let them know that they can overcome life’s challenged like you have.
In fact, it is a great idea to write out your testimony and read it back a few times, so that you will get used to sharing your “short version” testimony.
To Another Level Lesson: What God has done for you, He can do for others.
8) Allow the Holy Spirit to assist you.
Acts 1:8 teaches us that one of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit in us is to be witnesses (share our faith). So, call on the Holy Spirit to anoint and assist you.
“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
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.” // John 14:16, 26
9) Recognize that God has not given us a spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 is very clear to say that God has not given you a spirit of fear. So, if you are dealing with fear, just know that your fear is not of God. Instead receive the spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.
10) Visualize these lost souls in heaven.
Picturing these individuals coming to faith in the Lord takes faith. Your faith can instigate and motivate Godly things to happen. They can come to faith in Christ. Just believe.
“If you declare 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
“. . . he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30b (NKJV)